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How to Remove Urine Stains from Mattress

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By hesquiahtmaria

How to Remove Urine Stains from Mattress

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My Laundry Question

what is the best way to remove old or dried urine stain from a mattress?

Share a Little Background Info

my grandson had wet the bed overnight when he visited and the mattress was mostly dried when we found out. the mattress is a foam type with a non-removable cover that already had a urine stain on it from a previous owner. I do not know what if anything was done to clean the old stain.

Lessons Learned

  • have washed with a dish soap and warm water and sponge but there is still a slight smell of urine and there is a stain mark on the mattress

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

foam with a non-removable cover

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts dishwashing liquid. Apply onto the stain generously with a sponge. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Take a clean, wet sponge and pull up as much of the soap cleaner that you can. Sprinkle wet area generously with cornstarch and leave for several hours or overnight, then vacuum. This should take care of the odor.

If a stain remains, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and water following package directions. Apply to the stained area and let work for an hour or so. Blot stain with white rag or paper towels until no more moisture can be removed. Allow to dry. Repeat as necessary.

Good luck!

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