You spend hours of research, invest several weekends shopping and testing mattresses, talk to friends and get advice and finally make the big decision to buy that nice quality memory foam mattress or organic mattress, only to have someone have an "accident" on the bed.
Whether from a pet, child or an adult, urine on a mattress can be embarrassing and damaging. And if cleaned improperly, can make the situation even worse!
Of course the best solution is prevention. There are non-toxic and breathable waterproof protectors now available which can prevent this issue from ever happening. If you have pets, infants or young children or a history of incontinence, a waterproof, breathable protector for your organic or memory foam mattress should be a necessary addition to your bed.
The sad reality is that once a mattress has been soiled with urine, there is not much you can do beyond removing the stain. The moisture will quickly seep into the layers of foams and materials and the only solution to resolve it is to remove the bedding and allow the mattress to air out.
Most mattress companies will not honor the warranty for a mattress if there is a stain on the mattress, as it denotes moisture damage and can negatively affect the performance of the layers inside the mattress. As for removing the stain, there is no universal remedy for that as there are many different fabrics that companies use to cover their mattresses, such as cotton, wool, silk, polyester, and bamboo. Each of these fabrics require special care and I would recommend contacting the manufacturer as to how to remove the particular stain.
My recommendation on any stain on a mattress is to contact your local Stanley Steamer or equivalent professional, mobile cleaning company. These companies have access to non-toxic cleaning materials and also offer guarantees on their work. The last thing you want to do is further compound the issue by using materials to clean that make it worse!
And lastly, it is never too late to protect your mattress! If it happened once, by all means use a protector. They are not that expensive when considering the price of a new mattress or the cost of a good night's sleep. At Nest Bedding we carry a high quality, affordable protector that goes on the bed like a fitted sheet and makes it very convenient to remove and wash.
- March 31, 2013
- Joe Alexander