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How To Get Pee Smell Out of Air Mattress (Try These Easy Steps)

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Whether it’s a surprise from sleeping with your dog or an accident caused by your child, thinking about getting the pee smell out of your air mattress can be stressful.

You quickly picture chemical fumes, hours of cleaning, and weeks of, “do you smell that?”

This article will give you easy steps to remove the smell from your air mattress and the pee stains to make your beds look and smell fresh!

Pee on Your Mattress

If you are lucky enough to spot urine on your air mattress right away, here are the steps you need to follow.

Things you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Clean towels
  • Cold water
  • Laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Vacuum cleaner

Step 1: Remove everything

Before you do anything else, uncover your mattress and wash your sheets as quickly as possible.

Urine stains will set, so get your bedding and comforter washed immediately.

If the pee stain or odor remains after washing your bedding, add a cup of white vinegar and rerun the wash.

Step 2: Blot the Area

Using a clean, dry cloth, dab the affected area to absorb as much excess liquid as possible.

Warning: Do not scrub the area! It might be the first thing that comes to mind, but this is counter-productive.

Scrubbing the area will force the liquid further into the mattress’s fabric, making it more difficult to remove altogether. 

Remember: Blot it. Don’t scrub it.

Step 3: Spray Vinegar Solution

In a spray bottle, mix two parts cold water, one part white vinegar, and a few tablespoons of laundry detergent (use more if your bottle is larger). 

Spray the stain freely.

Don’t be scared to soak it completely!

Give it at least 10 to 15 minutes, letting the solution-soaked mattress sit.

Blot the excess liquid with a fresh, clean cloth.

Step 4: Put Baking Soda

Put baking soda on the entire surface of the contaminated area and allow it to settle for 8-10 hours.

Close the door to prevent pets or children from creating a mess with baking soda!

Step 5: Vacuum it Up

Vacuum the dry baking soda from the airbed with a hose attachment.

If you don’t ensure the powder is dry, you risk ruining your vacuum cleaner.

So make sure that the powder is dry before proceeding.

But if you own a wet/dry vacuum, you don’t need to worry about drying it first.

Examine the mattress once you’ve finished vacuuming and repeat steps three through five to eliminate any lingering odors or stains.

Treating Pee Stains 

The best way to deal with pee on your air mattress is to treat them immediately.

Suppose you have a stain on your bed that’s been sitting for a long time.

But there’s hope! Consider the following steps:

Things you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cold water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Towels

Step 1: Soak It in Vinegar

If you still have the solution we used above, use it to cover the stain.

Again, the solution is one part vinegar, two parts cold water, and a tiny bit of laundry detergent.

Apply enough solution to saturate the airbed all the way to the original stain’s depth.

Step 2: Wrap It in Plastic

Unlike what we do for fresh pee stains, never rub, wipe, or make any other attempt to absorb any excess liquid.

Instead, place plastic wrap over the wet area and let it sit for 24-48 hours.

Wrapping it in plastic will keep the solution from evaporating and allow it to operate on the stain longer.

Step 3: Let It Dry

Remove the plastic wrap from the airbed and then let it dry naturally.

Ensure that the fabric dries well.

It is advisable to leave it for at least one night.

Step 4: Repeat

If your mattress still has pee stains after one application, that’s normal.

Deep stains typically take several treatments before eradicating.

If the stain still sits there, repeat steps 1 through 3.

Step 5: Clean with Water

When you’ve done cleaning and confirmed that you don’t need to repeat the process any more, check the treated area for any dried residue from the vinegar solution.

Blot dry with towels after spot cleaning with water.

Eliminating the Odor

While you can remove pee stains from a mattress relatively quickly, the unpleasant odor might linger for weeks.

So now that you have removed the pee stains, here is how you neutralize urine odor and remove the stench from your air mattress.

Step 1: Sprinkle With Baking Soda

Baking soda is a terrific solution to eliminate that unpleasant odor.

Spread a thin layer of baking soda to deodorize your airbed.

Apply baking soda on the whole surface, concentrating on the pee-stained region.

Step 2: Wait

You should give the baking soda at least 5-10 hours to perform its magic, which means you might wind up sleeping on the couch.

Allow the baking soda to sit overnight, and check again in the morning.

Step 3: Vacuum

After allowing the baking soda to sit overnight, vacuum your naked mattress.

A handheld vacuum cleaner or an upholstery attachment works best for this. 

While vacuuming will not erase the stains, it will remove the baking soda and the stench.

Repeat steps one through three if the odor persists.

How to Get Pee Smell Out of Air Mattress – Conclusion

The steps we outlined above should give you enough information to get the pee smell out of an air mattress.

It’s very simple and the ingredients you need is fairly easy to find.

So, the next time you smell pee on your air mattress, don’t panic.

You don’t have to worry about sophisticated chemicals and hours of laborious cleaning.

If one day you find out that your dog has accidentally peed on your air mattress, tell yourself “you got this” and follow these simple steps.

You’ll be getting rid of pee smell in no time!

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