How to Remove Urine From Bedding

Urine stains can be unexpected and frustrating to anyone who discovers them on bedding. Whether you have a child who is potty training or your pet had an accident, you may feel overwhelmed at the complicated task of removing urine from your bedding. It's important to remove urine from bedsheets, blankets and mattresses as soon as you notice it. Untreated urine can cause bacteria and mold growth in your bedding, which can be very difficult to remove.

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Bedsheets and Blankets

Step 1

Use a stain remover on any urine stains in the bedsheets and comforter. Professional grade stain removers will work well at eliminating the possibility of stains and odors. Even if the urine has dried, generously spray the urine-affected area.

Step 2

Wash the bedding in hot water. Use regular laundry detergent and wash the bedding in hot water. This will kill bacteria caused by the urine.

Step 3

Examine the bedding. If there are any stains after washing, don't dry the bedding. Drying the blankets and sheets may permanently set the stains. Wash the bedding again until the stains are gone.

Step 4

Dry the bedding on the highest setting your dryer will allow. Drying your bedding with high levels of heat will kill any remaining bacteria that is left on the sheets and blanket. Using a dryer sheet may add a fresh scent to your bedding, but is not necessary.

Mattresses

Step 5

Pour vinegar on the urine stain. Creative Homemaking suggests that you "pour a moderate amount of vinegar on the soiled area, and absorb excess liquid with a large towel or wet vacuum." This will remove any odor caused by the urine, but will not remove the urine stain itself.

Step 6

Shampoo the mattress. Use laundry detergent or hair shampoo to generously soak the urine spot on the mattress. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then wipe the soap away with a damp towel. Dry the mattress with a towel or by running a fan in the room.

Step 7

Use a professional grade cleaner. If prior cleaning efforts have not removed urine from the mattress, try using a professional grade cleaner on the urine spot. Urine removers are available in the cleaning supply sections of home improvement stores, grocery stores, and general stores. Simply spray the product on the stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse it with a damp cloth and dry the area.