If you have young children, you’ve probably had “accidents” that resulted in your mattress getting dirty with urine. Mattress pads can help prevent this problem, but what do you do if it’s already happened? An odor-killing spray can help, but not much. However, it has no permanent effect because it masks the smell. Worse, it does not help get rid of urine odor.
Unpleasant odors of mattresses can be divided into their own, caused by the quality of the filler, and acquired during operation.
There are several ways to remove urine odor and stains. Each of them has its pros and cons. It is important to know that the same solution will work on different surfaces (concrete and tile, as well as mattresses and sofas).
The first step to removing urine odor from your mattress
If you are dealing with wet or dry urine, there is little you can do before using one of the following remedies. However, if you encounter a puddle of water or if the surface is wet, wipe off as much urine as possible with a paper towel. Rinse with plain water before using one of the detergents described.
Borax or baking soda
Borax is a chemical that is often used to clean food. It is an antibacterial agent that can be very effective, but it is also somewhat toxic. Therefore, it is usually used as a last resort and not for treatment. Borax can usually be found in the laundry department of your local grocery store.
Baking soda is a substance used in baking. It also smells great and can help clean surfaces. Many people use baking soda to get rid of odors in refrigerators and cabinets. It is inexpensive and non-toxic. On the other hand, it may not be as effective as borax or borax-based products.
Borax and baking soda are powders, so the same method applies to both.
- Wet the soiled area with water
- Sprinkle borax on the surface
- Rub the borax into the soiled area and work the mattress well
- Allow it to dry
- Vacuum or brush away any excess borax powder
Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide, like borax, is toxic if ingested or inhaled. However, they can be effective deodorants and cleaners. You can use hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle or dilute it with water.
Vinegar is not dangerous or toxic, but it does have a slight odor. On the other hand, if you don’t mind your mattress smelling a little like salad dressing, vinegar can be very effective for wiping up urine.
Both of these methods use liquid cleaners, so you can use the same method for both.
- Start by adding diluted hydrogen peroxide or undiluted white vinegar to a spray gun
- Spray the affected area until moistened.
- Wipe the stain with a cloth or paper towel and air dry
It should not be forgotten that effective removal of a persistent urine odor at home is impossible because these liquids penetrate deep into the product. In order to completely remove extraneous odors, you must first remove the substance that is the direct source of the odor, and this is only possible with a complete sanitization of the mattress at a dry cleaner.