At some time, you might find yourself needing to clean urine off of a mattress. The most common situation involves trying to clean a mattress after a child has wet the bed. Rather than stewing over the issue, the best thing to do is clean the mattress as quickly as possible. Here’s why you should clean that mattress as quickly as possible:
Removing the Odour
Even after it is dry (and maybe especially when it is dry), urine is going to leave a smell behind. If you are noticing that your mattress has that distinct urine odor, it is time to take action. Specifically, it is time to go to your local supermarket and look for an antiseptic cleaner. Because the smell is caused by bacteria in the mattress, using an antiseptic will eliminate the smell as it kills bacteria on contact. Once you have applied the antiseptic to the mattress, give it a moment to sit and work. Once the antiseptic cleaner has been left to sit, rinse it with water and then dry the mattress as thoroughly as you can using a towel. Before you use the mattress again, give it a day or two to dry completely.
Removing the Visible Stain
Often, urine will leave behind a very visible stain on a mattress. This is not just unattractive; it can be very unsanitary. Luckily, there are cleaning solutions that will dissolve the stain. A chemical enzyme solution, for example, will help to break down that stain and remove it. Use a clothes washing powder, one that is advertised as containing an enzyme that breaks down stains. Dissolve the detergent in warm water, and then pour the solution over the affected area and let it sit for at least a half an hour. Then, blot up the solution. If the stain persists, you might want to use an oxidizing agent like sodium perborate, which will bleach the area, removing the stain. On occasion, you might be able to find a cleaning agent that is specifically formulated for urine stains.
If all else fails, it is time to contact your local carpet cleaner. Most carpet cleaning companies have the tools and the products required to deal with this sort of situation. They usually also have the skillset required for more extensive stains. Your local carpet cleaner will start with a deep flush of the area, to ensure all of the urine is out of the mattress. He then follows this up with a wet vacuum, to remove the excess water, detergent, and antiseptic cleaner that has been used to make sure that not only the stain is gone, but the bacteria is gone from the mattress as well. If you want to make your mattress look like new again, this is the best way!