Mattress Urine Removal in 6 Simple Steps

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There's nothing like the sickening realization that someone has had an accident on your mattress to send your stomach into a tailspin. Whether it's an unexpected encounter with your dog in the middle of the night or an accident involving your child, the thought of chemical fumes, hours of scrubbing, and weeks of, "do you smell that?" fills your head. While you're busy fighting the odor of that pesky pee stain, you could be doing some other things to keep from  

Is it possible to bleach your mattress and sheets after they've been stained by urine? It doesn't have to be time-consuming, costly, or frustrating to remove urine stains from a mattress.

It only takes six simple steps, and with common household items, you can be back to dreaming peacefully in no time with the best method. You may even be dreading the prospect of starting over because you still have the half-empty cabinet full of products you tried last time but didn't like.

The steps for removing fresh urine from a mattress are outlined below, along with more advanced options for dealing with more difficult situations, such as eliminating the odor of urine or eliminating pee stains.

Protect your mattress from dust mites, spills, and general wear and tear to keep it feeling fresh for as long as possible. Your mattress will remain dry and sanitary, no matter how messy life gets, thanks to the long-lasting waterproof layer.

Mattress Urine Removal Instructions

The easiest way to clean urine stains from a mattress is described in these six simple steps. The process for removing dried urine differs from this one slightly and builds upon it, so you should always begin with the fundamentals.

In order to accomplish this, you will need:

  • Ammonium bicarbonate
  • White Towels
  • Cold water
  • Detergent for washing clothes
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Watering can
  • Vacuum

Following these simple steps, you can restore your mattress to its original condition.

First, unmake your bed.

You should immediately begin by removing your mattress cover and placing your bedding into the washing machine. Sheets and comforters should be washed as soon as possible to prevent urine stains from setting in.  

Bedding that has been washed but still has a urine stain or odor after adding a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle.

Second, blot (don't scrub) ) the Area

To remove as much liquid as possible from the stained area, blot it with a clean, dry towel. Don't scrub the stain because doing so will only work to further embed the liquid into the mattress's fabric.

Third, spray the stain with a vinegar solution.

Create a cleaning solution by combining two parts cold water, one part white vinegar, and a small amount of laundry detergent (a few tablespoons for a standard spray bottle, more if your bottle is larger) in a spray bottle. Don't be afraid to really soak the stain; spray it down until it disappears.


Fourth, soak the vinegar solution.

10 to 15 minutes should be enough time for the mattress to absorb the solution. Extra moisture can be absorbed by blotting with a fresh, clean cloth.

Fifth, sprinkle baking soda on the affected area.

Spread baking soda over the stained area and leave it alone for 8-10 hours. Put the door back on the room to prevent pets and children from making a mess with the baking soda.

Sixth, collect the dry baking soda by sucking it up with a vacuum.

Remove the dried baking soda by vacuuming it up with a hose attachment. Make sure the powder is completely dry before using the vacuum, or you could risk damaging it. On the other hand, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to pick up the soiled powder.  

After you're done with the vacuuming, you should check the mattress. If there are still odors or stains after following steps three through six, repeat the process.

What to Do About Urine Stains on a Mattress

Even though fresh urine stains should be treated immediately, there is still hope for those trying to remove dried urine from a mattress.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Washing powder
  • Cold water
  • Wrapping it up in plastic
  • Towels

I'll tell you what to use around the house to get rid of urine stains on your mattress:

Firstly, soak the stain thoroughly in a vinegar solution.

A similar solution can be used to cover the stain; simply combine two parts cold water with one part vinegar and a small amount of laundry detergent. Soak the mattress until the stain is as deep as it was before applying the solution.

Second, wrap the area in plastic wrap.

Never try to remove moisture by rubbing, blotting, or any other means. Instead, wrap the damp area in plastic and let it sit for at least two days. As a result, the solution will stay on the stain longer without evaporating.

Third, let the mattress dry naturally.

When you're done using the mattress, take it out of the plastic and let it air dry. If you want to make sure the fabric is completely dry, you should let it sit out for at least one night.

Repeat the Previous Step 4

One application may not be enough to remove stubborn stains from a mattress; typically, multiple applications are necessary for truly stubborn stains to vanish.

Water-Based Spot Cleaning, Step 5

Inspect the treated area for any dried vinegar residue once cleaning is complete and a repeat is unnecessary. Wash in small sections with water and dry with paper towels.

Cleaning Urine from a Mattress

Although urine can be cleaned off a mattress relatively quickly, the unpleasant odor can linger for weeks. Therefore, what can be used to eliminate urine odor, and what methods exist for deodorizing a mattress soiled with it?

Materials Required:

Due to its basic pH, baking soda can neutralize urine odors rather than just covering them up. You can get rid of the odor of urine with just two ingredients:

First, dust with baking soda.

Making use of baking soda is a great way to ensure that you won't be waking up with a scrunched-up nose because of an, um, unpleasant odor. A thin layer of baking soda, with more concentrated application to the urine-stained area, will effectively remove odors from a mattress.

Second, be patient.

If you want the baking soda to do its job, you should give it at least 5-10 hours, which could mean spending the night on the couch. The baking soda should be left on all night, and the situation should be reevaluated in the morning.  

The Third Step: Vacuum the Mattress

Afterwards, vacuum your mattress without any sheets. (The most effective tool here is a handheld vacuum or an upholstery attachment. Vacuuming won't get rid of the smell, but it will get rid of the baking soda and the stains won't come out. If the odor persists, try the steps again.

The Proper Way to Remove Pet Urine from a Mattress

Pet urine has a slightly stronger odor than human urine because the chemicals used to produce it are different and the urine of animals is typically more concentrated. Since some animals like to revisit previously marked territory, it is even more crucial that pet urine be completely removed from the area.

Materials Required:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Vacuum
  • Cleansing Enzymes
  • Acetic acid or white vinegar
  • (Optional) Essential oil


As you can see, the steps for getting rid of pet urine from a mattress are very similar to the ones described above, with a few minor adjustments.

First, rub baking soda into the stained area.

Instead of blotting excess urine with a towel, you should apply baking powder directly to the stained surface. The urine will be drawn up and out of the mattress by the baking soda, which will darken as it absorbs the moisture.

The Second Step: Use More Powder and Vacuum

You can keep the powder soaking up urine if you remove the used powder and replace it with clean baking soda. It's important to keep the white color of the new baking soda, so keep repeating this step.

Third, maintain your standard cleaning routine with your mattress.

Clean the urine as if it were human urine once you have extracted as much of your pet's as possible from the mattress. To get rid of the stain completely, you may need to do this more than once.

Fourth, if the odor is particularly potent, use an enzyme cleaner.


Animal urine contains extra elements like carbohydrates and fatty acids (in dogs) and ammonia (in dogs and cats) and is more concentrated than human urine. Enzymes, which are biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions, can be found in some cleaners and aid in the breakdown of these more difficult substances.


Pick an enzyme cleaner formulated for pet stains, and double-check the bottle's ingredients to make sure the product is safe for use around pets. Enzyme cleaners are widely available in pet stores and on the internet.

Fifth, stay away from any chemicals or toxic substances.

You shouldn't use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or any other common household cleaner that isn't labeled as non-hazardous to animals, and the same goes for any enzyme cleaners you come across.

Mishaps involving pets can be avoided with the help of repellents, the sixth step.

Your pet may be able to detect the chemical imprint of the urine even after you have thoroughly cleaned the mattress. The use of a pet-friendly repellent is recommended because many animals will urinate in the same spot again if they have done so in the past.  



An all-natural, low-cost pet deterrent can be made by combining 1 Approximately 20 drops of any citrus-scented essential oil, 5 cups of cold water, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar Consider investing in a mattress protector to shield your bed from future spills and allergens like dust and dander.

You should get your dog a dog bed if you're worried about him or her having accidents on your bed in the future. With a removable cover, cleaning your dog's bed is a breeze, allowing you to get a good night's rest even if your pet has an accident in bed.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Factors

You can remove any urine stain from your mattress by following these instructions. However, as you progress, you might have some additional, more specific inquiries. Some of the more common things to think about when cleaning a mattress are listed below.

When you wet a mattress, how long does it take for it to dry?

There is no time to waste when dealing with urine on a mattress; it can dry in as little as two to four hours. The amount of liquid on a mattress and the depth to which it soaks will determine how long it takes for the mattress to dry. Mattresses treated with a vinegar solution take 8-10 hours to dry completely, while smaller spills and accidents dry in less time.

What other stains might I be able to remove with this method?

To put it briefly, yes. Vinegar is a versatile cleaning solution that can be used to remove a wide range of stains from your mattress.  

Not everything can be fixed with a vinegar solution, though; things like blood and red wine are more complicated.

Without Vinegar, what's the best way to remove urine stains from a mattress?

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are good alternatives to vinegar for cleaning urine stains from mattresses. Combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid detergent to create the following:

  • Baking soda, 1 part
  • hydrogen peroxide, 5%
  • Drops of dishwashing liquid

Make a baking soda solution, spray it on the stain, and let it sit until it dries. After that, clean the area by sucking up any dust or debris that may be there.  

How Do I Get Rid of Urine Smell?

Cleaning urine stains and odors with a white vinegar solution is an effective method. White vinegar degrades many of the odorous compounds in urine, and baking soda acts as a natural odor neutralizer.  

Despite the temptation to use something "stronger," like bleach or cleaners with toxic chemicals, you should never, ever use them on your mattress. This is bad for your health and the fabric because the toxins will continue to damage the fabric even after you wash it.

An Answer to the Question, "What Can Be Used to Make Urine Neutral?"

Baking soda's low pH can mask urine odor because urine has a high pH and is naturally acidic. It only takes a few tablespoons of baking soda and at least five hours for it to neutralize the urine.

How Can I Get Urine Out of a Mattress as Soon as Possible?

Urine should be allowed to air dry with a solution of vinegar or baking soda, but you can hasten this process by opening windows or running a fan. Also, you can use a dry towel to dab at the stain, but you should be careful not to wipe, as this could spread the urine.  

When a bed gets wet, how do you dry the mattress?

If someone has wet the bed, you can get it dry again by applying a solution of vinegar or baking soda after you have blotted the wet spot with a dry towel. Though it might be tempting to hurry things along, you should give the mattress time to air dry before using it again (even if that means finding somewhere else to sleep for the rest of the night).

Using a mattress protector can help prevent injuries.


After you've cleaned your mattress, you may want to use a protector to keep spills from happening again. A mattress protector will not only prevent urine from damaging your mattress, but it will also prevent dust, dander, hair, dead skin, oil, and even bed bugs from making your bed their home.


A mattress protector, contrary to popular belief, also serves to prolong the service life of your mattress. Perspiration and body oils are abrasive to the foams in your mattress even if you never spill anything on it. By using a waterproof barrier between yourself and your mattress, you can extend the amount of time that it feels "like new."

To sleep soundly, make sure your mattress is spotless.

Keeping your mattress in the best condition possible for restful sleep includes knowing how to properly remove urine from a mattress. Knowing how to clean a mattress without damaging the materials will not only ensure a more restful night's sleep, but will also help you get the most use out of your bed by keeping it odor-free for longer.  

You can make your bed and get ready to (finally) get some shut-eye once you've finished urinating on it and given it ample time to dry. Consider purchasing a mattress protector that is both watertight and resistant to dirt, spills, and stains in the event of future bed-wetting incidents.

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