Anyone who has children knows what it is like when a child wets the bed. You get woken up in the middle of the night to a crying child, who has wet pajamas. If you are like most parents, you just want to get your child into some dry pajamas, and find them a dry place to sleep.
Even some pet owners understand the aggravation of urine on the bed. Some cats and dogs will jump up on the bed and have an accident. It is up to you to clean up the mess. If possible, you should get the mattress clean right after the accident. It is the best way to ensure that the stain and the odor will come out of the mattress. If you don’t clean the mess up properly, the mattress could be stained forever, and a foul stench could be left behind forever.
- An enzyme based cleaning solution: Human and pet odor is made up of crystals of uric acid. The only way to remove the acid, bacteria, and the odor, this is the best product to use. These products can be found in your local department store or supermarket. Some examples of these products are, Bio Kleen, Liquid Alive Enzyme Cleaner, and ORB Concentrated Enzyme Cleaner. If the mess on the mattress is from a pet, you can purchase products specially made for pet urine, such as Hoover 2x PetPlus Pet Stain and Odor Remover. Pet products can be found at your local supermarket, department store, and pet store.
- Dry towel, cloth, or paper towels
- Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner or hand held vac
Cleaning the Urine From the Mattress Step by Step
When it comes to cleaning the urine off the mattress, it must be done properly. If not, the urine can dry inside the mattress, creating an odor that can last forever. Also, if you don’t clean the mattress properly, it can develop mold. This can be impossible to get out, resulting in the need to purchase a new mattress. Also, it can make your child very ill and it can smell bad.
- Using a dry towel, cloth, or paper towel, blot up any excess urine on the mattress. Be sure to blot and don’t rub it in. This will only spread the urine deeper into the mattress.
- Strip the bed. Take the sheets, blankets, and mattress pad and put it in the washing machine. Since you are already washing the blankets and the sheets, you may as well through the pillowcases and the dust ruffle in the wash as well. Be sure to wash the bedding in hot water to ensure that its clean.
- Spray the enzyme cleaner onto the mattress. If you don’t want to use chemicals on the mattress, you can use vinegar. In a spray bottle, combine one part vinegar and one part warm water. After you have sprayed the cleaner of your choice on the mattress, you should allow it to sit for 3 to 5 minutes. This will give it a chance to soak into the mattress. If you are using a commercial cleaner on your mattress, you should read the directions on the bottle to make sure that leaving the cleaner on the mattress for 3 to 5 minutes will be safe.
- Blot the area with a clean towel, cloth, or paper towel. If you are using a cloth or towel, be sure not to use the same one that you used to blot the initial stain. In order to prevent mold growth, soak up as much liquid as possible.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress. The baking soda will help with the moisture and the odor. Be sure to sprinkle generously.
- Leave the mattress in a well ventilated room for at least 18 hours. If it is your child’s bed who has been stained, you may need to make other sleeping arrangements for the night. If you try to put the blankets back on the bed and allow your child to sleep in it too soon, the excess moisture will lead to mold and mildew.
- After the mattress has been drying and airing out for 18 hours, vacuum the baking soda from the mattress.
- To be sure that the mattress is completely dry, stand it up outside or in a well ventilated area. This will allow the air to circulate through the mattress, which will help get rid of the odor.
- Put the mattress back on the box spring and make the bed.
Prevention and Protection
If bed wetting is a common problem in your home, it is better to protect the mattress just in case, rather than washing the mattress several times a week. There are a few ways that you can protect the mattress.
- Putting a sealed protector over the mattress is a good idea. These covers are waterproof, and they are not like the ones used in the old days. You don’t need to worry about crinkling sounds when your child sits down, or having them slide all over the bed. These covers fit over the mattress, and they resemble a typical mattress pad.
- If your child is young enough, you can put her in Pull-Ups before bed. It is a great way for older children to avoid bedtime accidents, without needing diapers.
- If your pet is the problem, you should keep a door closed or a gate up so that he cannot get into the room to have an accident on the bed. If it is impossible to keep your pet out of the room, you should consider getting a wee-wee pad for the bed.
Bed wetting and pet accidents on the mattress can be a huge inconvenience. If you don’t clean the mess quickly and properly, you could end up needing to buy a new mattress. As long as you properly clean and dry the mess, you should not have any problem with mold and odor, which can save the mattress.