Miss Jennifer said, “I have a memory foam mattress that I have had an accident on and so had my 4 year old daughter. Can you please help me how to clean this as basic as possible? x”
Cleaning urine from a memory foam mattress is similar to cleaning it out of a regular bed mattress. When urine or any other fluid is spilled onto memory foam or upholstery, it can soak deep into the fibers, leaving a stain and a stench. Follow the steps below to clean away the urine and any smell that it may be causing.
Removing the Stain
You Will Need:
- Paper towels
- A diaper
- Pet enzyme cleaner
- A vacuum
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- For fresh stains, blot the area with paper towels to remove as much urine as possible. Firmly press the paper towels into the area to help soak up any urine that has seeped into the foam.¹ Alternatively, you can lay a Pampers diaper over the area and lay a few books over the diaper, leaving that in place for an hour to soak up the moisture. The diaper works well because it contains super-absorbent flakes.²
- For older stains, blot the stain with a damp paper towel or cloth to remove as much urine residue as possible.¹
- Get a pet enzyme cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer, that is safe for upholstery.¹
- Follow the instructions on the label of your selected cleaner. The usual directions will be to pour it onto the stain and let it soak deep into the foam. The rule of thumb is to use a little more enzyme cleaner than there was urine so that it will soak in equally as deep as the urine did.¹
- Let the mattress dry. For memory foam, this may take several hours or even several days. Pointing a fan onto the area can help to speed drying time, however, the enzyme cleaner needs time to work, so wait a while before using the fan.
- Vacuum the area to remove the residue from the cleaner.
- This process can be repeated as many times as needed. A repeat of the process is most likely to be needed in areas that have dry climates because the cleaner doesn’t have enough time to work. If you live in a dry climate, covering the area with plastic wrap can help to hold in the moisture for longer.¹
- If any smell remains once the area has dried, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area and let it sit for several hours or overnight before vacuuming it up.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not clean the area with any chemical before using the enzyme cleaner as it will make the enzyme cleaner less effective.³
- If you need to use the mattress before the enzyme cleaner has fully dried, put a folded bath towel over the spot, then put the mattress pad and sheets over the towel.
- A plastic mattress cover can prevent the urine from soaking into the mattress, requiring less clean-up when accidents happen.⁴
- If bed-wetting is a consistent problem, try using a bed-wetting alarm.⁴
- Pet Clean-Up Made Easy by Don Aslett
- Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic by Joey Green
- Don Aslett’s Stainbuster’s Bible by Don Aslett
- 1,801 Home Remedies by Reader’s Digest