If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got a problem on your hands. That’s right; I’m talking about pee stains! Nobody likes to talk about it, but sometimes accidents happen, and when they do, you need to be prepared with the best cleaning solution for getting urine stains out of your memory foam mattress without ruining it.
Some people suggest using vinegar to clean pee out of a mattress which is not recommended (especially on a memory foam mattress like Tempur Pedic) because vinegar is an acid that will break down the foam in most mattresses, causing them to disintegrate over time. It is important that you act quickly to remove urine from the mattress, but if it happens to sit and the pee dries, don’t worry! This solution will work for you as well! Below you’ll find out how to clean urine from a memory foam mattress and get rid of those pesky pee stains before they ruin your mattress!
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How to remove pee odor from a memory foam mattress
Not only does urine leave a yucky yellow stain, but it also leaves an even worse smell! The good news is that you can remove both the stains and the smell using a few common household items that you probably already have! As a matter of fact, cleaning the urine out of the mattress with this solution will also get the smell out of it. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone and not only have a brand new-looking mattress but a fresh-smelling one too!
how to clean dry urine out of a memory foam mattress
So we’re going to get pee out of this memory foam mattress. It has a layer of latex on top, then memory foam. We had to test it. You have to be careful because memory foam is like a giant sponge, and the last thing you want is mold! This is a NEWER method that doesn’t clog up the spray bottle.
And I know you guys have kids or pets that wet the bed (or maybe you did because you got too drunk or something – don’t worry, it happens to the best of us), and that’s why you’re here, but let’s hear what happened here…
This was my friend Ronnie’s mattress and her kids peed on it – so there are urine rings on the mattress. Her husband was scared we were going to ruin their mattress, but we didn’t, which I knew the whole time.
how to get urine out of memory foam mattress without vinegar
Here’s What You Need To Remove The Pee Stains:
- Baking soda, if you have baking powder, it has baking soda in it, but baking soda is best
- Hydrogen peroxide – we used 3%
- Liquid dishwashing soap like Dawn, a few drops
- Spray bottle
- Vacuum cleaner or broom
How To Get Urine Out Of A Memory Foam Mattress Without Vinegar
How To Get Urine Out Of A Memory Foam Mattress Without Vinegar
Total Time 12 hours
1. Soak Up Any Fresh Urine
Dry towel to get liquid up if the pee is still wet. If it’s really bad, spray water on it and use a dry towel to soak it up. This is like a pre-treatment. We didn’t need to do that in this case, as the urine was already set and dried into the mattress.
2. Mixing The Urine Remover
In a measuring cup, mix together 8oz of hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of dawn dish soap. Stir well to combine. Once combined, add the mixture to your spray bottle.
3. Spray The Stain Remover On The Urine Spots
Now you’ll want to spray the peroxide mixture on the stains liberally. You don’t want to over-saturate it, but you do need to get the mattress damp.
4. Sprinkle The Baking Soda
Now that the mattress has been sprayed down, you want to sprinkle your baking soda on top. Not only does this help remove order and stains, but it is also absorbent, so it helps pull the liquid out while cleaning at the same time. You will want to rub the mixture into the mattress to create a paste.
5. Let The Baking Soda Paste Dry
All that is left to do is wait for the order and stain remover to work its magic on the urine stains. Using a household fan like this one can speed up this process! You’ll not need to rinse this off, and it not only cleans the stains but also removes the smell. Because we all know how stinky it can be.
Believe it or not, when we tore apart a mattress that had a lot of pee from a cat and dog on it, it only soaked into the top layer of the mattress. It doesn’t get deep inside. So by cleaning the top, you’re getting the most out of it.
Vacuum The Dried Baking Soda
Once the baking soda is dry and flakes, you’ll want to vacuum off the residue from the bed. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, that’s ok. Use a broom or dust off as much of the residue as you can with a cloth. And that’s it! Your memory foam mattress is now clean and free of pee stains and odor!
Drying the Mattress after cleaning
To dry the mattress, it’s best to throw the fans on full blast and let them do their thing. If you didn’t saturate the memory foam, they should dry within the day.
You can also put your mattress outside on a sunny day. It’s going to take some work if it’s a king-size, but we want to let them sleep on it that night, and it was summer, so that’s what we ended up doing in the video.
It took a few hours (3) for this mattress to dry with the fans pointed at the wet spots.
AFTER it’s cleaned…
Use a waterproof mattress protector so you don’t have to repeat this process. Coop Home Goods is our favorite mattress protector. Or, you can get a reusable incontinence pad if the stains are always in the same area. In this video, tested the Coop washable incontinence pad with 14 cups of liquid, including about 10 of those cups real pee, and it held perfectly.
Now, if you have a crazy household and you think the sides of your mattress might get peed on or stuff spilled on, I’m going to say you need one that’s waterproof on the sides too. For that, we recommend this 6-sided waterproof mattress protector. That means it covers the top, bottom, and all sides of the mattress.
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Removing Urine From A Memory Foam Mattress FAQs
Does baking soda kill bacteria on the mattress?
Yes, it does! Not only is it great for deodorizing and wicking away moisture it kills bacteria by trapping it. In combination with the hydrogen peroxide, your mattress will be fresh smelling and sanitized!
Can You Steam Clean a Memory Foam Mattress?
Unfortunately, it’s not a good idea! While we love steam cleaners, they do admit a lot of water, something you don’t want to be absorbed into your mattress memory foam or not.
Memory foam mattresses, in particular, are so dense it takes a long, long time to dry – even if the surface appears dry, the foam itself may not be, which can breed mold and bacteria.
Can I use a carpet cleaning solution on a mattress?
We don’t recommend using a carpet cleaning solution on a mattress as it can damage it. They tend to be very concentrated and are made with the intent to clean tough (in most cases) nylon fiber, not delicate mattress foam and fluff.