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Hi there, dear friends
A few weeks ago, I received an enquiry from a visitor here on how to remove urine odours from our mattresses. I’m sure many of us have gone through a stage whereby our babies, kids and even pets have got their pee onto the mattress, and it can be quite a headache for us to remove the stain, and worse, the pungent smell of urine.
If this happens onto a crib mattress, then the cleaning job is easier as we can easily carry it to a convenient place to clean and have some sunlight on it. But if you have a situation like mine – whereby my babies have managed to wet my king-sized mattress – then there is no way that we are going to lug the huge mattress anywhere and any cleaning will have to be done on the spot.
This is the method that I used to remove urine stains and odours from my mattress :-
1) remove the bed sheet and any mattress protector first. Then wash the stained spots under a tap with some detergent at the laundry or kitchen sink. Rinse. After this, put the bedsheet set into the washing machine, set the cycle for a hot wash, put in detergent, and at the first rinse in the wash cycle, put in a cup of white vinegar. This will remove any odour in the bedsheet.
2) For the mattress, if the urine stain is still wet, put a few pieces of paper kitchen towels to absorb the moisture as much as you can.
3) Make a solution of detergent and warm water, pour bit by bit over the urine stains, give them a quick scrub with a brush, and very quickly use paper kitchen towels to remove the moisture there. Repeat this a few times until you are satisfied that you have done your best in getting that damp spot as dry as possible.
4) I used a hair dryer to dry the wet spot. At this point, the urea/ammonia smell is still going to be there and you need something to neutralise that smell.
5) I had used some Medicated Powder to absorb the smell and I have found it to be very effective. Plus, I thought the powder would be safer to use on the mattress since we sleep on it. Just pour any brand of medicated powder liberally to cover the whole stained area.I had used Ammens.
Leave this on for as many hours as possible………but in case you need to sleep on this mattress (it may be in the middle of the night), place a dry towel over it, and then put a new bedsheet over it and go back to sleep.
6) Next day or a few hours later, just vacuum off the medicated powder. The smell would have gone by now but if there is a bit of odour left, then, you just pour more medicated powder over the spot and leave for a few more hours….then, vacuum the powder away.
Actually, the best remedy to remove urine odour is to place the mattress or bedsheet in the strong sun, as sunlight can neutralise the urea smell. But when this is not possible, e.g. your mattress is too heavy to be moved, you don’t have sun because now it is autumn or winter, etc…. then using the medicated powder is a good remedy.
I have read that we can use a vinegar and baking powder solution to clean the stains and remove odours, but I personally feel that using the medicated powder is safer on our skin (not that we are having direct skin contact with the mattress, but psychologically, I feel better with the medicated powder anyway)
Many years ago, my doctor has also recommended the use of medicated powder to as a deodorant for my underarms at one time when my underarms were allergic to some deodorants/anti-perspirants that I was using. So, this sort of confirmed that medicated powder can actually remove odours, too.
** Added on 21 April 2012 -
To remove stale, musty smells from your vacuum cleaners, you can use medicated powder, too. Read here for more information :-
Please note that I am not being paid or sponsored by the company of Ammens Medicated Powder, but that I am merely sharing with you my experience.
With best wishes,