Those of us who don’t have toddlers or young children in the home may think directions for dealing with bedwetting mishaps won’t apply to us, but during the holidays I was pulling out this information when family members visiting with children caught me by surprise ;).
The first tip is to plan ahead. If you know children will be staying the night, prepare their sleep space before they arrive (mattress, inflatable airbed, foam, etc.).
It’s nice to do this when they’re not around since no one will know what you’ve done (most kiddos are vulnerable when it comes to their accidents so it’s sensitive to do this covertly).
There are a couple different things you can do:
- Fit a plastic sheet or lay a garbage bag down the middle of the bed (first split it open and make sure the bag covers the width end to end).
- If you have an old vinyl tablecloth stashed away in the closet, you could lay that on instead (if fabric backed–position the fabric side up).
On top of the plastic lining, lay a large towel. Next put on the mattress cover and lastly the fitted sheet.
With this setup, chances are the little ones won’t even know you’ve prepared for potential mishaps.
If you were caught without the bed protected, here are a few recipes that will help cleanup the mess (a blacklight will show what size you’re dealing with, the urine will glow).
- Mix a pourable thick paste with cornstarch and water, stir until there are no lumps and make enough to generously smother across the entire patch.
- Pour the mixture over the spot and leave it for several hours to dry. This can be left overnight if you like.
- Once this has dried thoroughly, vacuum off.
Check with the blacklight again to see if you caught it all. If not, reapply a fresh batch of cornstarch mix.
1 part white vinegar
2 parts dishwashing liquid
- Lift as much of the urine as you can with paper towels blotting and soaking up the spot.
- Next combine the two ingredients in a container and apply with a wet sponge, dab it on generously. Let the soapy solution sit for 30 minutes.
- Take a wet sponge and pull up as much of the soap that you can.
- Sprinkle wet area generously with cornstarch and leave for several hours–then vacuum.
This one’s from the article for cleaning cat pee (found here).
1 16-oz. bottle Hydrogen Peroxide
1 TBS Baking Soda
1 tsp dish detergent
- Combine ingredients in an old container and stir well with a plastic or wooden spoon (do not use metal utensils or dishes).
- Once powder is dissolved, pour batch into a squirt bottle, shake well then squirt on urine, completely saturate the area. Do not scrub or touch the spot, leave the solution to set and air dry for at least one hour.
- After it’s completely dry, vacuum the area–there may be baking soda residue. Wipe off with a rag if needed.
Lingering Odors: If you’re concerned about lingering odors, you can also spray some vinegar & sprinkle baking powder across the now dried and cleaned stain before making a fresh bed (wait for it to dry first).
- Wash it all as soon as possible after an accident, adding a good 1/2 cup of vinegar per load (cider variety if you have it). This will help kill the smell.
These are for general mattress care:
- Use a cover for protection and launder at least once a month.
- Remove stains by lightly dabbing with liquid dish detergent that has been well diluted in water. For toughies like blood, try blotting with hydrogen peroxide.
- When stripping down bedding for laundry, freshen things by sprinkling a thin layer of bicarb directly on bare surface. Allow to sit for a few hours then vacuum the powder.
- Air it out by letting the sun in, open the curtains and windows when the sheets are pulled back.
- Turn it over every few months to help prevent permanent wear patches from developing (flip top to bottom and side to side).