How Do I Clean Urine Out of a Mattress?

Updated on April 01, 2009
C.M. asks from Raleigh, NC
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My son wet the bed last night and it soaked through his mattress pad. What can I do to salvage the mattress?

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answers from Raleigh on

One rule of thumb I always used, buy a complete plastic zippered mattress and pillow cover. I don't know if it is salvagable. I would call an upholstrycleaning company. I would also put it out in the direct sun. Good luck.

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answers from Johnson City on

I had to do this with my daughter's mattress. I rented an industial carpet cleaner with a furniture attachment.I bought a chemical free cleaner from the local health food store, and cleaned the mattress. I vacumed the liquid until nothing else would come up. I dried it with a clean white towel, and the let it air dry for about 48 hours. It looked, smelled and seemed clean. I did however go ahead and invest, at that time, in a good water proof mattress cover. Good luck.



answers from Wilmington on

Vinegar is a great cleaning agent, and helps neutralize the urine odor. After you've cleaned it and soaked out as much of the vinegar-water as you can (with towels, etc.), prop the mattress outside in the sunshine to speed drying and help freshen it further.



answers from Raleigh on

Hi C.,

Well my dog just got done with a UTI that left our mattress a mess! I used Dawn dish soap with lots of water... yes it will be very wet, but keep soaking it with towels. That gets rid of the yellow ring around the bad spot and the smell.
Good luck! ;)



answers from Louisville on

Great ideas here! Only other thing I have is that we used vinegar and water to get rid of the urine smell in a nursing home I once worked in. Was wonderful keeping the bed fresh! Good luck!



answers from Lexington on

Kids 'N Pets (available at WalMart) always works great when my kids have accidents--even on mattresses or cushions. Let it soak into the mattress and the natural enzymes will break up the urine and there shouldn't be any residual odor. Also--might want to think about getting a zippered plastic mattress cover to prevent future accidents from leaking into the mattress.



answers from Raleigh on

Hi C., ugh. I hate it when that happens! Well obviously you can't get it out down in the mattress where it may have settled and may still be damp for awhile. If you can't afford a new mattress, I would definitely take some of these ladies' advice to get out the stain and smell from the surface. I would buy a new mattress cover that has a plastic shield between the cloth padding and the mattress. These are easy to find and common for kids. This will eliminate the urine soaking into the body of the mattress in the future. And it's EASY cleanup without ruining a $50 mattress. HTH!


answers from Memphis on

Anyone around you using Melaleuca products? Their Sol U Mel takes care of, yes, urine odors...kills the bacteria and clean stains. And it is non toxic. It hurts nothing...I spray it in motel rooms where I stay - on anything!



answers from Greensboro on

White vinegar will clean almost anything. You may need to soak it.
P. V Seay



answers from Louisville on

baking soda ans peroxide. i cant remember the exact measurement but i normally do 1/2 cup peroxide w/ a few table spoons of baking soda and you just spray or pour it on then use a towel to soak it up. works every time for us!



answers from Louisville on

Hi C..
Nature's Miracle. It is sold at pet stores. My dogs have had accidents on the beds, my kids have vomitted and it cleans it up.
Good luck!



answers from Memphis on

I have the same problem. Will you please let me know what you find out. Thanks in advance!!




answers from Lexington on

I've had the same issue. I sprayed the mattress with vinegar and then sprinkled corn meal on it until it was covered really good and let it sit. The corn meal soaks up all the wetness and the mattress is as good as new.



answers from Greenville on

Hi C.:

Try some Kids and Pets sold at walmart. Seems to have taken out the odor. Good luck I am having the same problem with my son who is 4. He is potty trained during the day but not at night! Lots of changing and cleaning of sheets. I use a shower curtain on top of the mattress which seems to work well no more wet mattress..Good luck




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answers from Wheeling on

I don't know how large the mattress is or what type (innerspring, foam, etc), but I'd mix about a few drops of liquid dish soap, a pint of warm water and 8 oz. of hydrogen peroxide and pour it on the mattress just long enough to soak in as deeply as the urine penetrated. THEN turn the mattress over flat on the floor or porch/patio/deck so the the solution can 'wash' the urine back OUT of the mattress. Lay it on towels or a 'shammy' (chamois) if you have one. After that has soaked up all it can, lean it over a heat register or other heat/forced air source til it dries thoroughly.

Just my idea of remedy. Here's a stronger 'recipe' to remove pet messes from carpets.
Pet (vomit, feces, urine) odor eliminator in carpet:
16 oz. peroxide
2 Tbsp. Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Hand Dishwashing detergent
Mix carefully, pour onto carpet mess and let dry completely. Vacuum up soda residue. (Can't store any remaining solution as it expands and explodes).

Solumel (as suggested) is good, but hard to find (we were in the Melaleuca business for a while). And vinegar is a good odor eliminator, but you wouldn't want to use it with an innerspring mattress (would start rusting the coils).

Good luck!

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