How to Clean Mouse Urine from a Cotton Bedspread


Darcy asked:  How do I remove mouse urine off of my bedspread that was stored away? The spread is a cotton. It has the raised design, made from chenille, and fringe at the bottom. I haven’t washed it yet. I’m waiting for advice from you. Thanks

To gently and thoroughly clean a cotton bedspread, try this method that’s recommended for vintage or delicate chenille fabrics. Don’t forget to test for color fastness before you begin!

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water.
  2. Add a large amount of Biz Stain Fighter and 2-3 cups of vinegar. Mix them in by stirring the water through the length of the tub.
  3. Put the bedspread in the tub, gently submerging it.
  4. Let it sit, periodically agitating the spread in the water.
  5. After several hours, check to see if there’s an improvement in the stains. If not, you may add more vinegar and let it sit longer, up to two days.
  6. Drain the tub, then gently press the spread to remove as much of the water as possible. Before removing it from the tub, check the stains. If there are still any visible, spot treat with Awesome Spot Remover before continuing.
  7. Move the bedspread to the washing machine. It will be heavy and it will drip, so wrap it in plastic or use a plastic bin to transport it.
  8. Wash in warm water with a cool rinse. Add liquid fabric softener during the rinse cycle to preserve softness.
  9. Check for any remaining stains before you dry the spread. Spot treat again and rewash if necessary.
  10. Dry in the dryer.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Check the lint trap frequently during the dry cycle. It will fill quickly with chenille bedspreads.
  • Never mix bleach and vinegar. If you elect to use bleach, do not use vinegar while soaking the spread in the tub.
  • You can apply bleach directly to white spreads with a Q-tip or cotton ball to spot treat small areas. Use carefully, as bleach can weaken fabrics.


  1. Hadas says:

    That is good enough. You can use an antibacterial cleansing soap if you want, but really, that’ll get rid of both the stains and the smell.

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