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Can you clean a urine soaked matress?
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Old 18-04-2006, 1:31 PM
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A friend's daughter stayed at the weekend (8 years old) and wet the bed. She never normally does this and therefore i didn't have anything over the matress other than a sheet. As she stayed laying in it for hours afterwards everything was soaked through. I have washed the bedding and taken the duvet into the dry-cleaners to be washed (its too big for my machine).

We left the matress outside all day yesterday and sprayed with fibreeze and it seemed ok but having been inside all night it really smells this morning. It is now on a wire bed base so getting air from top and bottom and window in room is open. Is there anything else I can do? It feels dry to touch but smells and I assume must be wet inside?

The thought of keeping a matress full of urine turns my stomach but buying a new one seems a bit excessive. Can I rescue it or should I ditch it?

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Old 18-04-2006, 2:31 PM
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do you have or can you borrow a steam cleaner?

I know it sounds like madness to wet the mattress even more but the steam will kill the germs in the mattress and neutralise the smell of the urine. Then carry on doing what you are doing, let it air until it's fully dry.
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Old 18-04-2006, 3:41 PM
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Personally I'd take the mattress into the garden, then get a bowl full of hot water with disinfectant in it and soak the whole area that has got urine on it.....just pour it on. If you're thinking of ditching it you haven't lost anything if it doesn't work.
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Old 18-04-2006, 8:07 PM
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I was watching Kim and Aggie once and am sure they used bicarb of soda, they sprinkled loads onto a mattress and left it for a few hours, it's supposed to absorb smells, can't say if it works as i haven't tried it myself but good luck.
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Old 18-04-2006, 8:20 PM
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do you have or can you borrow a steam cleaner?

I know it sounds like madness to wet the mattress even more but the steam will kill the germs in the mattress and neutralise the smell of the urine. Then carry on doing what you are doing, let it air until it's fully dry.

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i steam cleaned my mattress once when my little boy wet my bed (honestly!!) alll i can say is that if you can stand the smell whilst cleaning.......it really honked... in the end i threw a bucket of water/ dettol on it with some carpet cleaner, and the matress has been ok ever since
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Old 18-04-2006, 8:38 PM
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Kim and Aggie did use bicarb of soda. I think it is something like a tea spoon per 500ml of warm water. Alternatively make up a solution of Ariel (the biological one would be best) and wipe thoroughly. I got this tip from a friend's mum who had an incontinent elderly cat. Apparently it really gets rid of the smell. The really important thing (as also shown on "How clean is your house?") is to get a towel and push hard on the treated patch. Repeating lots of times. This will get the most of the water out of the mattress. Then gently dry with a hairdrier. If you don't get the moisture out you will end up with the perfect conditions to grow mould! Alternatively you can buy a spray from pet shops that breaks down the wee with enzymes but that I'm sure Ariel will work just as well. Good luck!
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is to get a towel and push hard on the treated patch. Repeating lots of times. This will get the most of the water out of the mattress.
Putting a towel on the bed and ' walking ' on it should get the moisture out too.
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Old 18-04-2006, 10:44 PM
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yuk what a nightmare,poor girl must of been devestated.Unless it's a particulary good mattress,I'd just be done with it, and get a new one !not very MSE though.But how much is your time worth?Your never going to think of it as clean and fresh again.
If it were my child I would want to put towards replacing the mattress,without causing further embarrasment to the girl, would this be an option?
I remember my late grandmother telling me that she had wet the bed at some relatives of my grandad (when she was an adult)She was so embarrassed, she just left it and never mentioned it again!

If you go with the cleaning option,a dehumidifyer would help it to dry.
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Old 19-04-2006, 8:12 AM
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We've just been given a brand new mattress, still in its plastic wrapping when we got it, but theperson who gave us it is a smoker, and it STINKS of smoke. Even when we took it out the wrapping!! Anyone think the bicarb idea might work for us??
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Old 19-04-2006, 8:20 AM
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As the parent of 2 ex constant bed wetters, I agree with the chuck a bowl of warm water and disinfectant over it to drench the thing.

The inside of a mattress usually has a wool type padding which will hold the smell forever.

Unless you actually wash the urine out, then all you are doing is drying it in. You may not smell it again normally but as soon as a hot night comes along then you will get the scent again. Been there.

I favour the throw out option but if that's not feasible at the moment then at least soak the urine area. Then walk on it with towels over it to soak up the excess and dry beside a heater or with a hairdryer.
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And for the future, I recommend protecting all your mattresses with a protector. WE have them on all our beds and they are really smooth, like a sheet so you dont feel sweaty or anything when sleeping on them. We got ours from boots I think.
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Old 19-04-2006, 4:56 PM
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Biological washing powder dissolved at a high concentration in water and soak the mattres through. Let it work a bit and then lots of towels and walking on it. Board guide this question would do well on OS board.
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Old 19-04-2006, 6:08 PM
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Sorry, not very mse, but I'd just ditch it! I can't believe you'll ever get rid of the smell completely and even if you did, I bet you'd still think you could smell it!

Just my opinion of course.
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Old 19-04-2006, 8:18 PM
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Personally I'd ditch it too. Clean mattresses for me are really important. Ever since the cot death links with mattresses and needing a new mattress per child, I am convinced that a clean mattress is the only way to go.
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Old 20-04-2006, 1:49 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions and replies. Its been too wet outside so I've not been able to do the "throw lots of soapy water at it" idea. Its still in a room with window open (smells when I shut the window!).

I cannot absorb any more moisture through from the surface. I'm sure its still wet inside but its a thick high quality (wessley barrell) matress so that may be why.

Today I have sprinkled biacarb of soda on it (as per suggestions on this thread). I'll leave all day and hoover off tonight. If I could afford replacement I would but can really do without spending out. Its not a standard single (slightly narrower) so doubt I can just get cheap new one.

I do however agree with the poster that said... "if it were my daughter I would offer to pay towards replacement." My friend didn't offer to do that or even to cover the cost of cleaning the duvet which I would have done in her position. Can't really ask her though so I may just have to investigate cost of replacing it myself.
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Old 21-04-2006, 12:19 AM
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just a thought but could you claim for it on the house isurance ?
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Old 22-04-2006, 4:18 PM
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The treatment with BiCarb should work very well to get rid of any smell.The characteristic pungent smell is mainly from ammonia and urea which are acids.

The Ammonia is NH3 and the alkaline BiCarb is NaHCO3 which basically breaks down into C02 +H20 i.e. Carbon Dioxide and water. (acid + base = salt + water) So a solution of BiCarb to soak in and react with the urine would be the best solution. Then dry off with a towel pressed in to absorb the water and salts remaining and a hotair dryer to dry the dampness out.

The treatment with BiCarb is an excellent treatment.
Of course Ariel is a soap which is also a powerful base, but is more likely to leave a residue behind.

Kim and aggee really know thier stuff.

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Old 22-04-2006, 6:29 PM
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I think we are going to have to ditch it. It is beyond help I think and i don't really want it in such a state. Biacarb helped but not solved it.

Not thought of house insurance - we do have cover for accidental damage but also a % no claims discount that I assume we'd lose if we made a claim so probably not worth it. I am going to look for a cheap 2 foot 6 matress (that can be delivered). Needs to be quite thick as goes on metal base (so one meant for a divan bed wouldn't work). Standard single won't fit - any suggestions of places to purchase online would be good please but only if you know they do that size. Thanks guys
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Old 22-04-2006, 7:23 PM
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Not thought of house insurance - we do have cover for accidental damage but also a % no claims discount that I assume we'd lose if we made a claim so probably not worth it.


Also I assume you would have to pay an excess? So not worth it for a mattress IMO.
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Old 22-04-2006, 9:49 PM
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I doubt you can rescue it, if it's soaked. Maybe you have a freecycle scheme in your area. Perhaps you could advertise in the wanted section of this, or the local freeads?
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