How to Remove Wee Stains and Smells From Your Mattress

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AKA: What to do if your kid wets the bed.

Kids wetting the bed is just a fact of life. It will happen no matter how much preparing and potty training you do. Because it’s inevitable, there are two things you can do that will help save your sanity- protect and prepare.

Protect with a Mattress Protector

A mattress protector is crucial on a kids mattress for a few reasons. Not only does it protect your child from the allergens caused by dust mites, mould and bacteria, it assists in protecting your child’s mattress from spills and stains.

The Eco Kids Bamboo Mattress Protector offers a super-soft sleep surface that can be slept on directly. The Protect-A-Bed® Miracle Layer™ is soft and comfortable, yet waterproof and breathable. Just like a fitted sheet, it’s easy to remove for regular machine washing and drying with other linens.

While a mattress protector will help keep some liquid from reaching the mattress, the truth is it’s likely a middle of the night wee will be an excess to what the mattress protector can hold, and the mattress will get wet. This is where preparation comes in handy.


Some more bad news (sorry!), if your child gets wee on the mattress, the sooner you can clean it, the better. Otherwise the smell will set and the stain will be impossible to remove. So even if you hear those dreaded words at 3am “Mama I wet the bed!”, it’s crucial that you clean it straight away.

Have your special cleaning mix pre-prepared and ready to spray on the stain, so you don’t find yourself in the kitchen half asleep in the middle of the night trying to mix one up.

Fill a spray bottle with the below ingredients to have on hand:

-2-3 tablespoons of laundry detergent
-2 cups water
-1 cup white vinegar

Follow these steps to clean:

Step 1: Remove the mattress protector and sheets
Strip your mattress and get your bedding into the wash quickly. Urine stains will stain easily, so the sooner you get these in the wash, the better.

Step 2: Blot the area
Soak up the liquid with a clean towel. Avoid any scrubbing as this will push the liquid into the mattress, making it more difficult to remove.

Step 3: Spray the stain
Using your cleaning spray, spray the stain and let it soak for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Sprinkle stain with Baking Soda
Sprinkle the stain with baking soda and let sit for 10 hours.

Step 5: Vacuum Up the Dry Baking Soda
Once you’ve let the baking soda sit and it’s fully dry, vacuum up the excess baking soda.

This should be sufficient to get the stains and smells out of the mattress, however for any stubborn stains you may need to repeat steps 3-5.

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