How to Clean Your Child’s Mattress: Wetting the Bed

Cleaning Instructions

Note: The sooner you clean the stain, the easier it will be to get out.

Remove the sheets and bedding, and wash normally. If you notice a particularly strong urine scent after a single wash, add vinegar to the next one — this will help get rid of the smell. If staining is an issue, wash the spots under a hot tap with some laundry detergent before washing.

Gather up your cleaning supplies. You’ll want cold water, vinegar, baking soda, a little detergent, a cloth to dab with, a spray bottle, and a vacuum with a hose attachment. Keeping upholstery cleaner on hand can also be a good idea if it becomes a common occurrence, as this can be used in place of other supplies. You’ll also want to make sure you have a fan or blow dryer on hand to dry the mattress afterwards.

Blot the stain with your cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Be sure to not scrub or rub the stained area.

Spray a mixture of 2 parts cold water, 1 part vinegar, and a small amount of detergent onto the stained area, making sure to get the area wet (without making the area a bigger mess). Let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow the vinegar time to break down the stain, and remove the smell

After 10 to 15 minutes has passed, blot the area to absorb as much moisture as possible.

Sprinkle the wet area with baking soda, and allow this to sit for another 10 to 15 minutes to absorb moisture and lift the stain

Dab away the baking soda with a cold wet cloth, then use the vacuum cleaner hose attachment to remove any residue left over.

Use a fan (or blow dryer set to a lower temperature if time is an issue) to dry the mattress out.

If there is still a faint stain or the odor is not completely gone, repeat these steps.

Further Deodorizing Instructions

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and will reduce the smell dramatically but, if you want your child’s mattress to smell even better you can add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender) to step 6.

In step 6 you’ll need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • 1 medium or small glass jar with lid

Put 1 cup of baking soda in the jar and 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil, Seal the jar and shake it. Next poke holes in the lid of the jar and shake the solution on the stained area. Allow the mixture to set for another 10-15 minutes to absorb the moisture, lift the stain and deodorize the spot.

Your child’s mattress will be clean and smell great. You can also use this baking soda and essential oil solution on your own mattress to keep it smelling clean and fresh throughout the year

Remember that bed wetting is a common occurrence in kids, and that no matter how frustrating it might be: it’s not their fault. The best way to deal with it is with patience and understanding… and a good set of instructions on-hand to clean up afterwards! When you make it past the bed-wetting stage, and it’s time for a new mattress.

With a 5-year warranty, a Silentnight mattress may be the last one you’ll have to buy for your child before he moves into his or her own apartment.