Easy Hack: How to Clean Urine from a Foam Mattress
Almost every parent has heard the quiet words in the middle of the night: “I wet the bed.” Accidents happen, and, for some kids, bedwetting is just another phase that a child will outgrow.
But adults can have mid-sleep accidents, too. And pet parents whose furry friends sleep in the bed with them also might dribble on that mattress.
Urine that isn’t properly cleaned can stain and leave behind an odor that may ruin the mattress. But if you clean the mattress properly, the smell and stain won’t haunt your dreams.
If a bedwetting accident dampens your night and the bed, here’s how to clean urine from a foam mattress:
- Soak up the stain/wet spot with a white cloth (or paper towel…no patterns, though, they may leach color)
- Use a mild detergent and a damp cloth to clean the stain
- Pet urine should be cleaned with a cleaning product that is formulated to clean and remove the scent of the urine (be sure it’s natural, to avoid any harsh chemicals that could affect the mattress)
- Let the spot dry naturally
- Check the spot to ensure the stain/smell is gone
- If the stain/smell remains, repeat the process
How to Clean Urine from a Memory Foam Mattress: Treating Pet Urine Stains/Smells
Not all ‘pee’ is the same. Yes, this sounds a bit crazy, but animal urine differs from human urine. And cat urine is also different from dog urine.
Both felines and canines, though, may continue to have accidents in the same spot if the odor isn’t completely removed. And, because pet urine is so pungent (especially cat urine!), you will definitely want to ensure that the smell has completely disappeared.
Special cleaners are needed to clean and deodorize pet urine stains. While the stain is unsightly for human owners, it’s really the lingering scent that is so problematic.
Look for products that are designed to neutralize odors and clean. For doggie accidents, Hunker recommends using baking soda on the stain and then cleaning with a vinegar solution.
Cat pee is especially foul smelling. And PetMD tackles all things feline with “The Ultimate Guide to Removing the Cat Pee Smell.”
Of course, there are many products on the market formulated just for pet urine. Every pet owner may have a brand preference, and pet stores are the best places to find these products. Read the back carefully so you understand the directions and the “do’s” and “don’ts” of using them.
Again, opt for natural products when possible. And if you have a question about whether or not a specific chemical can be used on your mattress, call the cleaning manufacturer. Customer service representatives should be able to answer any questions for your and perhaps even recommend a product. Using a product that is too harsh could ruin the mattress.
If your cat or dog continues to eliminate on the bed or elsewhere, contact your veterinarian. Your furry friend might have an underlying medical condition.
Cleaning Urine from a Memory Foam Mattress: Humans Have Accidents, Too
Human urine while not as pungent as pet urine still needs to be properly cleaned. You can use a mild detergent to clean the stain, a water/white vinegar solution (2:1 ratio…two parts water, one part vinegar) or a natural-based disinfectant that neutralizes and cleans.
Again, though, before you use a harsh chemical (that is, anything other than a mild detergent), contact the mattress manufacturer to make sure it’s safe to use on your mattress.
What about bleach? Should you use it to whiten out a stain? Stay away from harsh bleaches, as they could cause more harm. Again, opt for mild cleaners/detergents. And choose natural products when possible.
Cleaning Urine from a Memory Foam Mattress: Cover the Mattress!
Whether your mattress is new or old, you should be using a cover to keep your mattress safe from debris, dirt, stains…and urine! Many mattress covers feature water-repellent treatments or a water-proof barrier so that urine or other liquids don’t seep into the mattress.
Plush water-repellent covers can typically be washed by hand (cold water), and some covers may be cleaned in the washing machine. Read the care instructions for your cover before washing.
Some parents also love plastic covers, which can be easily wiped clean. Others, though, dislike the crinkly sound and slippery feel of this type of cover. Use a cover that keeps you comfortable, doesn’t make any noise, and that helps your mattress stay clean and dry!
Cleaning Urine from a Foam Mattress: Can You Dry the Spot with a Hairdryer?
After cleaning the mattress, some people think that they can speed up the drying process by using a hairdryer. So should you do this?
Please don’t! Foam mattresses can be damaged with too much heat. Once the damage has been done, you can’t reverse it.
While it might take a few hours for that spot to dry, you need to be patient. If your bedroom has a fan, you can turn it on to circulate more air and, hopefully, help the spot dry a bit faster.
What if it isn’t dry in time for lights-out? If the accident happened in the middle of the night or a few hours before bed, the spot might still be wet.
No one likes to sleep on a wet mattress, so you might consider alternate sleeping arrangements. But if you have nowhere else to dream, you could place a dry towel over the spot. This also will help soak up the moisture and encourage drying.
How to Clean Urine from a Foam Mattress: Is the Spot Covered Under the Warranty?
What if the spot never comes clean? Is it covered by the warranty? Stains and wear-and-tear are typically not covered under the mattress warranty.
If the stain lingers, you’re going to have to sleep on it unless you can flip the mattress; although most modern mattresses aren’t designed to be flipped. You may also choose to recycle or donate the mattress and buy a new one.
While stains are unsightly, they happen. If you know that you’ve cleaned and treated the spot to the best of your ability, then the stain is just something left behind. Use a mattress cover to ensure that the mattress stays protected from any further accidents.
Accidents happen, though. And whether your child, you or a pet has wet the bed during the night, being proactive in treating the smell and stain will ensure that your mattress stays looking great.
Remember to call your mattress manufacturer before using any harsh chemicals. And never use heat sources to speed up the drying process. Of course, a mattress cover is the best way to protect your mattress from stains, spots, spills and other accidents.
Look for a cover that is water-proof, cool sleeping and breathable, and quiet for a restful night’s sleep!
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