There Are Only 6 Simple Ways to Remove Urine from a Mattress

2023-03-07 00:08:24 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.
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Having an accident on a mattress is a universally horrible experience. Whether it was an unwelcomed discovery from sleeping with your dog or an accident from your little one, you are now picturing chemical fumes, hours of scrubbing, and weeks of, "do you smell that?" You're going to have to fight the odor of that pee stain like it's the plague.  

Do sheets and mattresses get white again after being stained by urine? Mattress urine removal doesn't have to be a major hassle.

There are only six simple steps involved in the most effective method, and you probably already have all the materials you need at home. You may even be dreading the prospect of starting over because you still have the half-empty cabinet full of products you tried the last time.

Step-by-step instructions for cleaning a mattress after it has been soiled by fresh urine, as well as tips for dealing with more complicated situations like eliminating the odor of urine or removing pee stains, are provided below.

Protect your mattress from dust mites, liquids, and general wear and tear to keep it feeling fresh for as long as possible. The mattress will remain clean and dry, no matter how messy life gets, thanks to the sturdy waterproof layer.

Instructions for Cleaning Urine From a Mattress

The easiest and most effective way to clean urine stains from a mattress is outlined in these six easy steps. Dry urine removal is only slightly different and builds on this process, so you should always begin with the fundamentals.

Objects that will be required

  • Salicylic acid
  • White Towels
  • Cold water
  • Fabric softener
  • Vinegar, white
  • Squirt Gun
  • Vacuum

To remove urine from a mattress, follow these six simple steps:

First, unmake your bed.

Start by immediately removing your mattress cover and placing your bedding in the washing machine. Urine stains will set if you don't wash your sheets and comforter right away.  

If the urine stain or odor persists after washing the bedding, try adding a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle.

Blot (Do Not Scrub) in Step 2 ) the Area

To remove as much liquid as possible from the stained area, grab a clean, dry towel and blot it. Scrubbing the spot won't help, as it will only work to work the liquid deeper into the mattress's fabric.

Third, spray the stain with vinegar solution.

Combine 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.


To proceed to Step 4, soak the vinegar solution

Ten to fifteen minutes should be enough time for the mattress to absorb the solution. Soak up any remaining moisture by blotting with a fresh, clean cloth.

Baking soda is used to cover the affected area in Step 5.

Spread baking soda over the stained area and leave it alone for 8-10 hours. Lock the door to prevent pets and children from making a baking soda hazard.

Sixth, collect the dry baking soda with a vacuum.

Remove the dried baking soda by vacuuming it up with a hose attachment. If the powder isn't completely dry, you could end up damaging your vacuum. An alternative is to use a wet/dry vacuum to pick up the powder after it has rained.  

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

Mattress Urine Stains: Removal Methods

Although fresh urine stains should be treated immediately, there is still hope for those trying to remove dry pee from a mattress.

Objects that will be required

  • Vinegar, white
  • Detergent for washing clothes
  • Cold water
  • Saran wrap
  • Towels

How to get rid of urine stains from a mattress using everyday items:

Initial Step: Soak the Stain in Vinegar Solution

Apply a solution made from the same ingredients as before (two parts cold water, one part vinegar, and a small amount of laundry detergent) to the stained area. Soak the mattress to the same depth as the original stain with the solution.

The Second Step: Plastic-Wrap the Area

You shouldn't try to soak up the liquid by blotting, rubbing, or any other means. You should use plastic wrap to seal the wet area and wait 24 to 48 hours. Keep the solution from evaporating and use it for a longer period of time on the stain.

In the third step, you should let the mattress dry naturally.

Take the mattress out of the plastic and let it air dry. If you care about the fabric's integrity, you should wait at least one night.

Proceed to Step 4 and Do It Again

It is not unusual for stubborn stains to require multiple applications to completely disappear, so don't worry if your mattress is still stained after the first.

Clean Individual Areas with Water (5th Step)

You should check for dried vinegar residue after cleaning is complete and you've decided there's no need to clean the area again. Apply water to dirty areas and dry with towels.

A Mattress Deodorizer's Guide to Eliminating Urine Stains

Even though urine can be cleaned off a mattress relatively quickly, the unpleasant odor can linger for weeks. In that case, what can be used to eliminate the odor of urine, and what methods exist for deodorizing a mattress that has been soiled with it

Equipment required

Due to its basic pH, baking soda can eliminate odors such as urine rather than merely covering them up. Use this simple two-ingredient method to get rid of the odor of urine:

To begin, sprinkle baking soda.

Baking soda is a great way to mask that, um, odor so you don't wake up in the middle of the night sniffling. Using baking soda, sprinkle a thin layer across your mattress, paying special attention to the urine-stained area.

The Second Step: Hang In There

Allow the baking soda at least 5-10 hours to do its magic, which could mean a night on the sofa. Keep the baking soda on all night and revisit in the morning.  

Third, vacuum the bed.

After leaving the baking soda on your mattress overnight, vacuum it thoroughly. (For this, the most efficient tool is a handheld vacuum or an upholstery attachment. While vacuuming won't get the stains out, it will get the baking soda out, along with the smell. There should be no need to repeat the process unless the odor persists.

The Proper Way to Remove Pet Urine from a Mattress

Due to its chemical composition and higher concentration, animal urine can occasionally have a stronger odor than human urine. Pet urine should be thoroughly cleaned up because some animals like to return to previously marked territory.

Materials Required:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Vacuum
  • Biological disinfectant
  • As in, white vinegar
  • Oil of essential (debatable) importance


If you have a pet that has accidentally urinated on your mattress, the process is very similar to the one described above, with a few minor adjustments.

First, put baking soda on the stain itself.

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

The Second Step: Use More Powder and a Vacuum

Remove the used baking soda and replace it with new baking soda to keep the powder absorbing urine. Over and over again, until the white color of the newly added baking soda is maintained

The Third Step Is to Maintain Your Regular Cleaning Routine

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 might have to do it more than once.

Consider using an enzyme cleaner in Step 4 if the odor is particularly potent.


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, biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions, can aid in the breakdown of these more difficult-to-remove substances when used in conjunction with a cleaning product.


Choose 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 readily available in most pet stores and on the internet.

Fifth, stay away from any chemicals or toxins.

Avoid using toxic chemicals like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or any standard household cleaner that is not labeled as non-hazardous to animals, just as you should make sure any enzyme cleaners you find are non-toxic.

Pet deterrents should be used to reduce the risk of injury in Step 6.

Unfortunately, your pet may still be able to detect the chemical imprint of urine on the mattress even after you have thoroughly cleaned it. Many animals have a habit of urinating in the same spots, so it's important to use a pet-safe repellent to avoid cleanups.  



For a low price and without the use of harmful chemicals, you can make a pet deterrent by combining 1 Approximately 20 drops of any citrus-scented essential oil, 5 cups of cold water, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar A mattress protector can shield your bed from spills in the future, as well as dirt, hair, and other allergens.

You should get your dog a comfy dog bed if you're worried about him or her having accidents on your bed in the future. If your dog's bed has a removable cover, washing it is a breeze, so you can wash it and let your pet sleep in peace while you do the same.

Frequent Questions & Other Things to Think About

To remove a urine stain from your mattress, just follow these easy steps. On the other hand, you might have additional, more detailed inquiries as you proceed. Some of the most common things to think about when cleaning a mattress are listed below.

Question: How Long Does It Take for Urine to Dry on a Mattress?

Two to four hours is all it takes for urine to dry on a mattress, so quick action is necessary. 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. A vinegar solution applied to a mattress will take 8-10 hours to dry completely, but a smaller spill or accident will dry in less time.

May I Apply This Method to Other Stains?

To answer your question, yes Vinegar is a versatile cleaning solution that can be used on a wide range of surfaces, including mattresses.  

There are some substances that are beyond the scope of the vinegar solution's effectiveness, such as blood or red wine.

Where Can I Find Vinegar to Clean a Mattress?

The combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is an excellent substitute for vinegar when it comes to removing urine stains from mattresses. Combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid detergent to create the following:

  • In a ratio of 1:, baking soda is used.
  • Hydrogen peroxide, diluted 5:1
  • Dose of liquid detergent

Using the baking soda solution you just made, spray the stain and let it sit until it dries. Then, remove all debris from the area using a vacuum cleaner.  

How Can I Remove the Odor of Urine?

To remove both urine stains and odors, try using a white vinegar solution. When combined with white vinegar, baking soda can effectively mask unpleasant odors caused by urine.  

You should never, ever clean your mattress with bleach or other harsh substances containing toxic chemicals, no matter how tempting it may be. This is bad for your health and the fabric because the toxins will remain in the fabric after you wash it.

The Substance That Turns Urine Into Water

The low pH of baking soda is effective at masking urine odor because urine has a high pH and is naturally acidic. Baking soda can be used to neutralize urine if it is poured over the affected area and allowed to sit for at least five hours, preferably overnight.

What are some effective methods for rapidly eliminating urine from a mattress?

It's best to let urine dry naturally with a vinegar or baking soda solution, but you can hasten the process by opening windows or turning on a fan. In addition, 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 mattress becomes wet, what is the best way to dry it?

After a mattress has been soiled by urine, it can be dried by blotting the affected area with a dry towel and then applying a solution of vinegar or baking soda. It may be tempting to rush this process, but you should really give the mattress time to air dry before using it again. This may mean finding a new place to sleep for the rest of the night.

It is recommended to use a mattress protector to prevent any potential injuries.


After you've cleaned your mattress, it's a good idea to protect it with a protector to avoid accidents in the future. A mattress protector will serve as an impermeable barrier to keep your mattress free from urine, dust, dander, hair, dead skin, oil, and even bed bugs.


A mattress protector, contrary to popular belief, can also help your mattress last longer. Your mattress's foams will degrade over time even if you never have an accident there. This is because of your normal perspiration and body oils. The mattress will retain its "like new" condition for much longer if you use a waterproof barrier between yourself and it.

Healthy Sleep Begins with a Clean Mattress.

Mattress hygiene, including the removal of urine, is crucial to a good night's sleep. To ensure a restful night's sleep, eliminating any lingering odors from your mattress is a must. Additionally, knowing how to safely remove stains from your mattress without damaging or corroding its materials will help you get the most use out of your bed.  

You can make your bed and get ready to (finally) catch some Zs after you've removed all traces of urine from the mattress and given it ample time to dry. Consider purchasing a mattress protector that is both waterproof and resistant to dirt, spills, and stains in the event of future bed-wetting incidents.

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