With three young children, we’ve dealt with our fair share of bedwetting accidents over the past the past 7 1/2 years. Thankfully, we’ve now learned the very best way to clean pee out of a mattress. Urine odors and stains (for the most part) don’t have to ruin mattresses forever!
Right before Christmas, my husband and I got a brand new mattress.
And it was not just any mattress either: It was a queen size, luxury mattress from the innovative online mattress company, Leesa, delivered for free, straight to our door.
We were ecstatic.
Not only did we have a very nice brand new mattress, but we also avoided the dreaded mattress showroom experience and avoided any and all delivery fees by ordering it online.
Since I absolutely hate shopping, I was doing a happy dance when ordering our mattress took a matter of minutes!
The mattress came to us in a box about the size of a mini fridge box.
It came all rolled up, and hubby and I (plus my amazing mentor, Holly, who was here for a visit) unrolled it together. We then left it for a few hours to expand a bit.
CertiPUR-US approved foams are:
- Made without ozone depleters
- Made without PBDE flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead and other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions for indoor air quality (< 0.5 parts per million)
We had been wanting a safer mattress, and this one far exceeded the standards of our previous mattress.
The first night’s sleep was wonderful. The second night’s sleep was as well.
I woke up–in a pool of pee.
It’s not uncommon for at least one of our children to climb into bed with us at some point each night. We are used to that. Ever so often, one of them will wet the bed.
Honestly, it didn’t bother me so much with our old mattress. We had had it for almost 10 years (the lifetime of most mattresses), and it was on its last leg. The seams were coming apart, and we knew we needed to replace it soon.
While we had a mattress cover on the bed at the time, it apparently was not waterproof anymore, so after some suggestions from readers, we decided to try out these three:
But for urine to get on our brand new mattress two nights after we got it?!
I will be honest: I was mad. I was so mad, that my husband had to remind me that I’m the one who usually tells him not to “cry over spilled milk.” It was an accident, after all.
“It was bound to happen eventually,” he said. “It might has well have happened now.”
Still, I was determined to keep this mattress nice.
Sure, it won’t last forever either, but I was not about to spend my nights with the smell of urine underneath me or have the large pee stain glare at me each time I changed the sheets.
So I got to googling and followed the exact method Leesa recommended for cleaning pee out of mattresses.
To my relief, it only took me two ingredients, and I already had them both on hand!
What You Need to Clean Pee Out of a Mattress:
1 bottle of diluted white vinegar
a large towel
a vacuum cleaner
Method to Clean Pee Out of a Mattress:
- Remove all sheets, blankets, any mattress covers, etc. and wash.
- Blot (don’t scrub!) the urine with a large towel, getting up as much of the liquid as possible.
- Lightly spray the entire urine spot with a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and let stand for five to ten minutes.
- Continue to blot out any liquid.
- Cover entire area with baking soda. Let stand for 8-10 hours. (Ideally, you will do this first thing in the morning, as soon as you discover the pee!)
- Vacuum up the baking soda.
- Repeat the process if the stain and odor are not gone to your liking. The odor should be completely gone, but you may still have a faint stain.
I was very satisfied after using this method to remove urine from the mattress the first time.
There was still a faint circle, especially around the edges where I did not get baking soda, but I was happy that it was mostly unnoticeable.
As irony would have it, another one of our children wet in our bed two nights before I wrote this post!
Lucky me: I had the opportunity to try out this method of getting pee out of a mattress again.
I used the exact same method, and this time I saw it work even better–even removing more of the original stain!
This confirmed to me that repeating the process really does yield the best results, if you have the patience for that!
Get $75 off your Leesa Order!
If you’ve had your old mattress for close to ten years and are in the market for a new one (or just want one with a CertiPUR-US-approved foam), then I’m excited to share that Leesa is giving the first 50 readers who claim it a $75 off coupon to their store!
Use code HOMEMAKER75 to redeem it! Click here.
One thing I love about Leesa is that they let customers try their mattresses risk-free for 100 nights! If they don’t like it, they can return it after those 100 night! Mattresses start at $525, and shipping is always free.
The 10” mattress comes in all sizes, and is made with 3 unique foam layers, including 2” of memory foam and 2” of a really cool latex-like foam called Avena™ that’s perforated to keep you cool as the other side of the pillow.
Have you ever had your child wet your bed? What are your tips for getting pee out of mattresses?
p.s. I also LOVE that Leesa gives back. In the same vein as TOMS Shoes, they give mattresses away to those in need. For every 10 mattresses they sell, they will donate one to a shelter!
Thank you, Leesa, for sponsoring this post.