If you have young children, chances are you’ve had to deal with one of them wetting the bed. It’s not a fun experience for any party – embarrassing for them, and just kinda gross for you! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re wondering how to get pee out of a mattress, and/or how to get urine smell out of a mattress. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!


How to Get Pee Out of a Mattress

First and foremost, you’ll want to act fast. Stains and smells from urine can set in very rapidly, and become harder to remove the longer you wait. As soon as you know that there’s a “situation”, get to work ASAP.

To remove urine from mattress materials, you’ll want to use a powerful biological cleaning solution. Distilled white vinegar is a good option, or you can use an enzyme based cleaning product from Amazon. For this guide, we’re going to be using white vinegar (vinegar is an excellent cleaning solution for a lot of messes, actually!)


1. Remove Sheets & Prep Bed

If the accident happened recently, use paper towels to quickly soak up as much urine as you can. Next, remove the sheets and throw them in the wash. If urine has soaked through the sheets already, attempt to soak up as much as possible with towels (but avoid rubbing it into the mattress).


2. Prepare Vinegar Solution

We recommend using pure distilled white vinegar, and diluting it 1:1 with warm water. Mix a generous amount together, and put it in an empty spray bottle. We definitely recommend using a spray bottle as it’ll help to avoid over-saturating your mattress with moisture – but if you don’t have one, you can carefully splash the vinegar solution over the affected areas.


3. Spray Affected Area with Vinegar Solution

Apply a liberal amount of vinegar to the stained/damp areas. Vinegar has a strong odor, but it helps to get pee smell out of a mattress, and helps sanitize things in the process. It’s a good idea to open a window and/or turn on a fan. Allow the vinegar to sit on the bed for 5-10 minutes.


4. Soak up Vinegar Using Paper Towels

Next, soap up as much of the vinegar solution as possible using paper towels. You can press the towels into the mattress at this point to help absorb more liquid.


5. Sprinkle Baking Soda on Mattress

Sprinkle quite a bit of baking soda on the mattress, focusing on the damp areas. Baking soda soaks up moisture and odor, and is the answer to how to get urine smell out of a mattress. It needs time to work, though, so you’ll want to let it sit on the mattress for 2-4 hours. It will start to cake up as it soaks up moisture.


6. Vacuum Mattress

Once you’ve given the baking soda ample time to soak up the moisture, it’s time to vacuum the mattress thoroughly. At this point, the mattress should look fresh and be fairly dry. If there is still moisture, apply more baking soda and repeat #5 and #6.


7. Air Out the Mattress

Before putting sheets back on, let the mattress air out for a few hours. This helps remove any remaining moisture and odor.


Prevent Future Stains: Get a Mattress Cover!

Whew, crisis averted! You’ve now successfully cleaned your mattress. Want to prevent future accidents? We recommend picking up a durable mattress cover. This is a protective, waterproof layer that goes underneath your sheets, to protect your mattress from stains and odors. For the kiddos, it’s a must-have.

So, now you know how to get pee out of a mattress. Let us know if you have any questions. If you’re seeking more general info on how to clean a mattress, see our mattress cleaning tips here.

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is a freelance writer, CPAP user, and self-proclaimed sleep enthusiast from the Seattle area. When he's not writing or researching about sleep science, you can find him snowboarding, cooking or traveling the world. Contact him at [email protected]

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