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My Kid Peed the Bed. Now What?

Parenting is likely the toughest and most rewarding job you’ll ever have, and it is often filled with unexpected and sometimes unpleasant tasks. Once you have moved on past the diaper phase you may think you are home free, but for many, potty training is often accompanied by a period of bed-wetting that may carry on for years, as your child’s body continues to develop and grow. Learning how to remove urine from a mattress effectively should be on every parent’s to-do list, and the experts at Molly Maid can help, with our step-by-step guide to make cleanup a breeze.

How to Clean a Peed Bed

The best way to ensure a urine stain is cleaned thoroughly is by addressing it quickly. Begin by blotting the mattress to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Then, spray the area with a solution of water, vinegar, and detergent, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before blotting to soak it up. Next, sprinkle baking soda over the area to soak up residual moisture, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before blotting with a damp cloth. Finally, use a wet/dry vaccum to remove any remaining liquid and/or powder.

Timing Is Everything

Stains happen, and the sooner you get to work removing them the better. When it comes to urine it is doubly important that you act quickly, due to the acidity of the liquid and the potential for odor. Unfortunately, many children attempt to hide the fact that they wet the bed because they are ashamed or fear they may get in trouble. In addition

to making it harder to remove the stain, this behavior can be damaging to their self-esteem, and how you choose to handle the news or your discovery can determine how forthcoming your child will be if and when it happens again. Although you may be frustrated, don’t express your feelings by yelling or getting mad. Instead, focus on the cleanup and implement some strategies and habits that can help to reduce or eliminate the problem, including:

  • Having your child regularly use the restroom throughout the day.
  • Encouraging your child to go to the bathroom as soon as they feel the urge rather than delaying.
  • Not allowing liquids after the evening meal.
  • Using the restroom right before going to bed.

How to Remove Pee from the Bed

Accidents happen. If you’re faced with the task of removing urine from a mattress, follow these steps for best results:

  1. Tackle the problem the minute you see it.
  2. Remove the sheets, bedding, comforter, and mattress pad and launder as usual. If the odor of urine remains after the first wash, run the load again adding one cup of vinegar.
  3. Use a clean, dry towel to blot the mattress and soak up as much of the urine as possible. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the stain as this will only push the liquid deeper into the mattress.
  4. Gather your cleaning supplies, including:
    • Baking soda
    • Clean cloths or towels
    • Cold water
    • A small amount of laundry detergent
    • Vinegar
    • Wet/dry vacuum
  5. Make a solution of two parts cold water, one part vinegar, and a small amount of detergent, and spray the affected area liberally.
  6. Allow the solution to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and blot with a clean, dry towel to remove as much of the liquid as possible.
  7. Sprinkle the wet area with baking soda to absorb the residual moisture and help with odor control.
  8. Let the baking soda sit for an additional 10 to 15 minutes and remove it by blotting with a clean, damp cloth.
  9. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suction out any remaining liquid and baking soda.
  10. Allow the mattress to dry fully before reapplying the bedding, providing additional airflow by using a hairdryer, floor, or ceiling fan, before air drying.
  11. To protect the surface from future accidents, apply a waterproof mattress pad.

If you’re looking to take house cleaning off your to-do list, please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (800) 654-9647 today for a free estimate! Molly Maid is a Neighborly company – and part of a community of professional home service providers. To read more expert tips on other topics, visit