How to Clean Dog Urine from a Mattress
1. Absorb as much dog urine from
the mattress as you can using wet/dry vacuum cleaner or paper towels
Step 1. If your dog or puppy has just recently peed on the mattress and it is still wet blot up as much of the moisture as you possibly can. Use paper towels or a sponge. Place paper towels (or sponge) over the wet area and apply pressure to soak up as much of the moisture that you can. If you own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner use it on the area for better results. If the urine has dried proceed to step two.
Step 2. In a jug or other container mix a solution of vinegar and water. 50/50. Pour about 50mls (or more if the affected area is large) Then once again blot using paper towels or use your wet/dry vacuum to remove the excess moisture.
Step 3. Next sprinkle a large handful of baking soda over the urine affected area.
Step 4. Mix together a quarter of
a cup of hydrogen peroxide. (use only 3% strength) and a teaspoon of dishwashing
detergent and pour it over the baking soda.
(Alternatively you can put the solution in a spray bottle) Work it into the baking
soda using your fingers or
with a scrubbing brush.
Step 5. Allow fifteen minutes for the solution to work and then begin blotting again with paper towels (or use wet/dry vacuum). You will then have to wait for the mattress to dry completely.
The ideal method is to put the mattress out in the sun to dry but of course this is not always possible. Other drying methods include putting the mattress in front of a fan, heater or using a hair dryer on the area.
Step 6. When the mattress is thoroughly dry vacuum off excess powder. Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking soda if necessary.
That's all there is to it. Your mattress will be
odor free and stains will be removed.
Use only 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased from your drug store (US) Chemist or Pharmacy (UK or Australia)
If you don't have hydrogen peroxide on hand you could substitute it with a spray laundry stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says 'Oxy' anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide. Preen, Sard, OxiClean etc.
To deter your dog from urinating on the bed purchase a plastic tarp and drape it over the bed. Your dog will not like the feel of it and hopefully it will discourage it from peeing on the bed. If it doesn't discourage then at least it saves your bed linen and mattress from dog urine.
Below are a sample of a few of the testimonials
My bed is very soft foam mattress on adjustable queen frame.
Purchased for health reasons as was my adorable 4 pound Maltese
male pup. Mattress still very new is covered with waterproof
zippered lining, so they say. Unfortunately not true. Having the
pup sleep with me because of health reasons I relied on mattress
cover only to find out it had three small holes. Big enough to
allow urine to escape.
Mattress was soaked clear through. Thank goodness for internet where I found this remedy. Worked like a charm. I slept on another bed that night and was delighted the next morning to smell my odor free bed.
Two zipper water resistant toppers are now on the bed with a backup for changing. Pup and Mom now worry free.
Thank you for sharing,
Delite, Uniontown, Ohio, USA
I am stunned at how well this worked. I used a commercial upholstery cleaner on my mattress and was still haunted last night by the faint odor of dog urine. I found this webpage and tried it first thing in the morning. Follow the directions!! I was hesitant to pour the hydrogen peroxide mix on the baking soda and tried to run it in with a soaked cloth instead. I had to repeat the step correctly in order to get rid of the vinegar and very faint urine odor from the first steps. After following the directions and pouring the detergent/peroxide mixture, the unpleasant smell is GONE, I tell you; GONE. I've had dogs for 18 years and lament only learning about this now.
Crystal, Washington, USA
Our dog is deathly afraid of thunderstorms. One such occurred while we were gone and we came home to a veritable river of urine on my son's year old pillowtop mattress. He was sooo upset (as was I!) I literally used an entire roll of paper towels soaking up the urine and thought that it was probably hopeless. I googled how to get rid of dog urine on a mattress and up popped your site! Then I saw how you recommended a wet/dry shop vac so I then used that as my next step. I doubled your recipe since there was so much pee - she's a 100 lb dog so you can imagine! I used the shop vac after each step. I am blown away by the results! Mattress looks amazing and smells great! So impressed! The shop vac was brilliant, as that really helped with the drying time. After following your guide and putting a fan to blow directly on it, the mattress was dry in about 4 hours. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!
Brenda Isaacs-Booth, Austin, USA
It was amazing. Our dog urinated a large puddle on our mattress,
about the size of a hand towel. We followed the steps exactly
and the smell is gone and you can't tell the stain was ever
there. I am keeping the instructions for future use and can't
thank you enough!
Pat Martin, Illinois, USA
I never write testimonials but this truly deserves it. Last attempt before consigning the nearly new pillow topped mattress to the bin. Worked really really well, so pleased, can't thankyou enough. I had 2 dinner plate sized cat pee stains to remove that had soaked in and been treated with a commercial enzyme urine remover ( smelt terrible and didn't work). I used 100ml white vinegar and 100ml water mixed on each stain, then 1/4 cup peroxide mixed 1tsp washing up liquid on each stain, and a whole box 250g of bicarbonate of soda between the 2 stains. Mattress is super clean now and no pee odour! Topped it off this morning now it's dry with a very light spray of fabreeze (didn't need this but I like the clean linen smell). Brilliant recipe thankyou so much for sharing!
Sharon, Hereford, UK
I was just about to order a new mattress and thought I'd google
"how to clean mattress after dog urinated on it" and thankfully
clicked on your website. I went through each step and followed
exactly and um, WOW it really worked!! Saved me at least $500
and a big argument with my hubby. Thanks for this great home
remedy! Going to tweet a link to your website.
Deb in South Florida
I am SOOO glad I found this! My one year old mini schnauzer started acting out and possibly just marking his territory and soaked my daughter's BRAND NEW twin sized mattress! I thought it was trashed since the urine was dry already but decided to give this a try due to the great reviews. Let me tell you, this mattress has ZERO stains and ZERO smells! In fact, it smells better than it did when it was delivered from the furniture store! It smells as if I washed it in the washing machine and line dried it LOL! I followed these instructions exactly and was amazed at the results! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!
This works great! I am so excited. This truly saved my foam bed with eight air chambers. Pretty expensive bed. Thank you so much for this tip. I also used it on other furniture and my husband was happy with the results as well. He is a sensitive smeller and you made him very very happy!!!
I must say thank you for your article on removing dog urine from
a mattress! I just used it for the 4th time tonight and it
worked like a charm! Following the instructions is simple, and
leaves ABSOLUTELY NO SMELL!
Before finding this article, I had tried many other chemicals and remedies to remove dog pee from our mattress, all with no luck. I even used a carpet cleaning upholstery attachment which did not help at all. I have bookmarked this page and come here whenever my dog decides to pull her "mad at us" stunt.
I couldn’t believe how well this
worked! My dog did a big urine stain on our bed (we went away,
apparently she wasn’t happy!), and I didn’t think I would be
able to clean it myself. This morning I followed your steps,
using Napisan Oxy Action to replace the Hydrogen Peroxide (as
suggested). I left the
ceiling fans on high in the bedroom all day to dry the mattress,
and have just vacuumed the rest of the baking soda off. To my
complete surprise, NO STAIN OR SMELL!
Thank you so much for your hint. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get the smell & stain out and would have to replace our VERY expensive latex mattress!
Debbie (Brisbane, Australia)
The dog urine removal worked perfectly on my California King Sized Pillowtop Mattress. I followed the steps, and I saw magic right before my eyes! It worked so well, I didn't have a smell or stain. Try it. It's a lifesaver
Saleemah NJ USA
Our dog shocked us my urinating on
our real mattress futon. So, it was not cheap nor easy to clean,
and by end of day (even after soaking) the urine had spread and
absorbed through at least 1/4 of the mattress. We searched and
searched for something to use; but nothing was getting the smell
out, then we came across your Recipe. We immediately got to
work, keep in mind it had sat for 2 days before we could do your
IT WORKED!!! NO URINE SMELL, NO STAINING!! I could not believe it!! We must continue to mildly dampen the suede, then vaccum and blow dry with hair dryer, to get all of the baking soda residue off (brown suede); but that is a minimal task and was most likely due to the fact we didn't know exactly how much to use.
THANKS I will recommend to ALL my pet owner friends and family!!
I never write testimonials but
this was amazing and worked so well i had to. My dog urininated
a year ago on a mattress and I put bleach and it had the stain
of both. I just couldn't take looking at it every time i changed
the sheets. Was on line to buy a urine out product and came
across your remedy. . well i wish i would have done a before pic.
Your have come up with an amazing solution that absolutely
works. Thanks for my $1000 pillow top looking brand new.. Thanks
Trena. New Jersey. USA
Our dog had an 'accident’ on the mattress and I used the
procedure you outlined. I agree with the other people: the stain and the smell
came out as if it had not been there at all.
We didn’t have hydrogen Peroxide so I substituted with Preen – it worked a treat. Thanks.
Graeme, Townsville QLD, Australia
I just wanted to
say a BIG THANK YOU for your article on getting cat urine out of
mattresses (and carpets).
My son moved in temporarily and brought his cat with him, which caused my other three to freak out and two of them started spraying on our front room sofa and our office futon! It was just awful... I mean really AWFUL, and to make it worse, my husband discovered it when he set his work equipment down on the sofa!
I found your web site and your process for getting rid of the pee-pee smell. I have to admit I was a bit doubtful that such simple household supplies would do the trick, but I have tried to many proprietary cleaners that have not, I figured I should let 'nature' try its best. I got home from work and followed your directions, starting with the 50/50 vinegar and water mix, the mopping up, then the baking soda, wait 15 minutes, then the peroxide with (DAWN) dish soap and a slight working in. I was a little afraid, since the futon mattress was black and process left a big white, baking soda marking all over the cover.
The next morning, when it had dried, I vacuumed the whole thing and it came right up!!! No staining, no discolorations, and YES!! THE SMELL WAS COMPLETELY, COMPLETELY GONE! My husband said it smelled like brand new. I also used this on an area of the carpet that was a bit of a mess, and it too was fixed! I can't thank you enough for helping me! I'll never use another store-bought product for cleaning ever again! If someone out there is reading this post, wondering if they should try the mattress/carpet cleaning process..... YES!!! DO IT! IT REALLY WORKS! Thank you again!!!
Patti, Southern California
A couple of nights ago, I discovered that my roommate’s cat urinated in my bed. The event and my discovery occurred before I went to bed, I was furious and I don’t think my roommate has ever seen me as angry as I was in the 25 years we have known each other.. (We went to college together).
Anyways, once I stopped belting out colorful metaphors to describe what I thought of the cat, I immediately searched online for a remedy, and your thread appeared. With nothing to lose, I immediately acted to gather up the ingredients to follow your directions to the letter. I was SO IMPRESSED that the disgusting cat urine smell and stains were completely removed off of my mattress. When I returned the mattress back to my sleeping pleasure, I smelled every spot to check, double and triple check, and there was no evidence of any damage from the cat.
Thank you for putting that advice up on the internet for all to see.
Your remedy worked flawlessly!
Worked very well on dried dog urine in a brand new mattress! I
was amazed really. I have had dogs all my life and have never
found a sure fire solution!
I followed the recipe to the
letter. The mattress was clean and fresh the next day!....Thank-you.
Becky and Fred VA. USA
Hi. I just wanted to thank you for your home remedy for dog urine odor removal. I have spent a small fortune on products that supposedly have an enzyme in them that attacks the odor. Everytime I use one of these, the smell actually gets worse. Yesterday I decided to try your recipe and today the smell is almost completely gone. Thank you again for a great recipe!!!!!
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