We all love our cats but sometimes little accidents happen. Unfortunately, cat urine has an extremely distinct smell that only gets worse if not cleaned up quickly. In addition to that, getting cat urine out of a mattress can be an extremely tricky task. Due to this, we decided to publish this article on how to get cat urine out of a mattress.
Although a difficult task, we feel these tips and tricks should help you clean your mattress in no time. These methods should be enough to get the job done for cheap and help you avoid the need to pay for an expensive professional cleaning service.
How To Get Cat Urine Out Of Mattress
The trick with cat urine is to catch it as quickly as possible. The longer it is left uncleaned the harder the clean up will be and the worse it will smell. If you catch it early enough then there will probably be excess urine on your mattress.
Grab some paper towels and clean up the excess as quickly as possible. This will prevent it seeping any deeper into the mattress or spreading further across the surface. Depending on the type of mattress you have, you may be able to apply pressure to the problem area to force additional excess liquid out.
The next step is to spray the affected area with a specific enzyme cleaner for cat urine. This will begin to break down the ammonia in the urine to help prevent staining and remove the smell. While the enzyme cleaner is in use, try to maximize ventilation in the room by opening doors and windows.
Different brands of enzyme cleaner require different procedures before use. Some can be sprayed straight from the bottle and some required dilution with water. Additionally, different brands are different strengths meaning they require different periods of time before being cleaned up. Always follow the manufacturers instructions on the product label.
Be sure to cover the entire affected area with the enzyme cleaner as even a small amount of cat urine is enough to cause a vile smell. Once applied, leave the cleaner for the specified amount of time on the product label to work its magic.
Once the working time of the product has expired, get some more paper towels and clean up any excess enzyme cleaner. Remember to apply pressure to the area to try and squeeze out every last drop of excess cleaner as possible.
Although not essential, we recommend that you apply a high-quality baking soda directly to the affected area. Not only will this help dry the mattress quickly but it will also help draw out and remove any final scent of urine. Around half of a cup or 100g of baking soda should be enough to cover the area.
After around fifteen minutes clean off the baking soda and leave the mattress to air dry. If you have any office style fans in your house, you can turn them on and point them at the mattress to dry it quicker.
Discourage Future Accidents
In our opinion, prevention is always better than cure. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to discourage your cat from having any future accidents on your bed or mattress.
The easiest and often most overlooked tip is to keep your bedroom door closed. Its simple, very effective, and most of all free! Placing a physical barrier between your sleeping area and your cat guarantees that there won’t be any future accidents.
Some cat owners enjoy laying in bed playing with their cat so keeping them out of their bedroom is not an option. If this is the case for you then look towards adding additional kitty litterboxes to your house. Cat owners will often have only one kitty litterbox in their house, if your cat is young this is usually fine. If you have a middle-aged or senior cat then they may struggle to get to the kitty litter box in time, especially if you live in a multistoried house.
Some cats will initially refuse to use a new litter box even if it is required. If this is the case then this article on how to get your cat to use a new litter box may help you.
An Overnight Defense
Many cat owners like to let their cats sleep in their beds with them. Unfortunately, once you and your cat are used to this, it can be difficult to break the habit. If you have a senior cat then it may be at an age where it is starting to lose control of its bladder. Although not ideal, there are still steps you can take to protect your mattress.
A plastic mattress protector will prevent any urine from seeping into your mattress if any accidents do happen during the night. Although your bedding will still need cleaning, it is much easier to clean bedding than it is to clean a mattress. This way, your cat can still sleep in your bed with you without the need to worry about your mattress.
How To Remove Cat Urine From A Foam Mattress
Unfortunately, memory foam mattresses are open-celled meaning it is very hard to remove cat urine without specialist equipment. Although a preventative method, investing in a high-quality breathable waterproof mattress protector is usually a good idea.
The best bet for getting your memory foam mattress clean is to hire a local professional. When booking them for the job be sure to specify that it is a memory foam mattress, not a regular mattress. This will prevent any mix-ups or lost deposits due to the cleaners turning up and not having the correct equipment for the job.
Although not specifically about a memory foam mattress or cat urine, the below third party video may help you clean your memory foam mattress.
We recently published this article on how to remove cat urine from a couch that may offer additional tips for your situation.