Cats make great companions. They’re loving, independent, and full of character. They can be fun and funny, but they can also be a little difficult to control. If you’ve ever tried to convince a cat not to lay on your bed, you know just how difficult it can be. Also, if your cat tends to pee on your mattress, you know the difficulty of trying to get the ammonia-like smell out of the bedding.
Whether your cat is doing it by accident as they relax, to mark their territory, or for any other reason, it can be difficult to get rid of the urine from your bed. We’ve provided several methods to try to get rid of the pee, remove the smell, and potentially repair your relationship with your cat.
1. Strip the Bed
Before you start trying to clean the mattress, remove all the linen and bedding. You can put the sheets and duvet through the washing machine, which should do a good job of removing odors and stains and leave your bedding fresh. This isn’t an option with the mattress, however.
Urine stains will set. So, if you leave the urine on a sheet or other piece of fabric, once it dries, the stain will be almost impossible to remove. Even if you get rid of the smell and remove the urine, the stain can remain. Remove the bedding as soon as you notice that there is a wet patch, and get it in the wash.
2. Blot With a Towel
Grab a dry towel and blot the area. Ensure that you don’t rub the urine because this will push it further into the mattress and make it more difficult to clear. You must also ensure that that towel is clean. If you use a dirty towel, the dirt will transfer from the towel to the mattress. Any bacteria and dirt will mix with the ammonia in the cat urine and could make the smell and the stain even worse.
Try to soak up as much liquid as possible. Unless it is only a few drops, it is unlikely that you will be able to get all the liquid out of the mattress at this stage.
3. Use a Vinegar Solution
Mix two parts water to one part white vinegar. Ideally, mix the solution in a spray bottle and add a little detergent. Once mixed, spray a generous amount of the liquid into and around the area. Don’t be afraid to spray plenty of the liquid. You should usually avoid getting a mattress wet, but as it is already wet, it is unlikely that you will be able to do any further damage.
Once the vinegar has soaked in for 15 minutes, use another dry and clean towel to blot the liquid away.
4. Use Baking Soda
Once you have blotted the vinegar, you can sprinkle baking soda over the entire area. Close the doors, ensure that you have fully covered the area, and then allow it to sit for around 12 hours. If you can leave the mattress for a day or two, that’s even better.
Use a fan, or leave the mattress outside in a dry and warm spot. You can even sleep on the mattress by covering the wet area with plenty of towels first and allowing the mattress further time to dry the next day.
The vinegar that you applied may have got rid of the smell of urine, but you don’t want a mattress to smell of vinegar either. The baking soda will not only dry the mattress out, essentially pulling the urine and vinegar solution out of the bed, but it will also help neutralize the urine aroma.
5. Try a Professional Detergent
Vinegar and baking soda are effective against fresh urine in small amounts, but if it has been a couple of days before you notice the urine patch or if there is a large amount of it and you are struggling to get every last bit out of the mattress, you may need to use a proper detergent. Detergents work in various ways. They will break down the urine, as well as other dirt and grime, and they can also help cover up the aroma. You should use them in much the same way as the vinegar solution.
Follow the mixing instructions on the bottle. Some detergents need diluting before being applied directly to mattresses and other fabrics, but others can be applied straight away.
6. Blot the Area Again
Once the detergent has had time to work its magic and break the urine down, your mattress will need blotting and drying again. Again, you must blot rather than rub because rubbing will force liquid into other areas of the mattress. It effectively pushes the edge of the urine out and around the mattress.
How to Get Cat Pee Smell Out of a Bed
Cat pee has a strong and pungent smell. The acrid smell tends to occur because as the urine is allowed to break down, the bacteria decomposes and gives off a smell of ammonia. You can try blotting with a dry cloth before applying vinegar and then baking soda. If this doesn’t work, you can get special detergent that is designed to break down urine, prevent stains, and get rid of the nasty smell of cat urine.
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