Children, the elderly and pets are all prone to accidents that can leave mattresses stained and smelly – and unfortunately, the smell of urine in a mattress is notoriously difficult to get rid of.
However, this doesn’t have to mean the end of a mattress – there are ways to remove urine odours and stains. We consider what to do once an accident has happened.
Remove excess urine
If the accident just occurred and the urine is still wet, soak up as much of it as possible with paper towel or other absorbent paper. You can also rinse the area with clean water to dilute any urine still left behind, but be careful not to saturate the mattress.
Next, treat with one of the following options.
Bicarbonate of soda or borax
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and borax are both excellent at removing smells. If the stain is dry, dampen the area and then sprinkle either one over the stain.
Work the powder into the mattress well before allowing it to dry. Then brush or vacuum off any remaining powder.
We recommend opting for bicarbonate of soda where possible because borax is mildly toxic. Be sure to wear gloves if you choose to use borax.
Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide
Both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are effective odour neutralisers.
Hydrogen peroxide is toxic if ingested or inhaled, so be sure to wear the appropriate protective gear when handling it.
Vinegar is harmless but can leave behind a vinegary smell. This tends to be short-lived though.
Lightly spray undiluted vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (not both) over the stain to dampen. Remove the excess with paper towel and allow to dry.
Both these methods will remove the smell and will more than likely take the stain with it.
Professional mattress cleaning
At Chelsea Cleaning, we have many years of experience in professional mattress cleaning – and our methods are ideal for removing urine stains and odours from mattresses.
Our mattress cleaning process includes:
- high-power vacuuming
- use of industry-leading stain removal formulas and emulsion cleaners to treat soiled areas
- a steam clean that uses hot water extraction
- a final vacuum and air drying.