Cleaning Up After Your Families Pets

Emily Burton

For any pet lover, whether they love dogs or cats, they naturally become a part of the family. This includes your pet sleeping in bed with you. Pets, like children, can sometimes have accidents in the bed that can leave rather unsightly stains on your mattress. If you want to get any type of pet stain removed from your mattress, here are some tips using stuff you most likely already have in your cupboard at home.


Sometimes your dog or cat will urinate on your bed. Dogs and cats will return back to the same place to urinate on a regular basis if you don't eliminate the odor. If you don't want your pet returning to a place to urinate, you will need to get rid of the smell. Here is how to clean urine from a mattress.

The first step is to soak up anything that is wet. You can do this with a paper towel or a dry cotton towel. You can also do this with a shop vac if you have one. Once any moisture has been soaked up, you will want to sprinkle baking soda on the area. The baking soda neutralizes the odor that pets can leave behind and will ensure they won't return to your mattress to urinate again. Leave the baking soda for about an hour and then vacuum it up. Next, grab an empty spray bottle and mix two parts white vinegar to one part water. Shake it and then spray the area. Allow it to sit on the spot and dry. You can aid in drying by either setting your mattress outside if possible or using a fan. If the urine stain is old, follow the same process starting at step two.


Dogs and cats can leave blood stains on your mattress if they have a flea infestation or if they are in heat. Cleaning blood stains from your mattress can also be done using items you probably already have at home. To clean small blood stains from your mattress that haven't complete set in, you will want to soak up any liquid first by blotting the area. Do not wipe or scrub as this can spread the stain and make it bigger. After you do this, you will want to sprinkle baking soda onto the spot and then, using an empty spray bottle, you will want to saturate the baking soda with an equal mix of cold water and white vinegar. Using cold water is important when cleaning up blood to keep the stain from setting. As you apply the liquid solution, you will notice the baking soda begin to bubble or fizz. Allow the solution to sit on the spot until completely dry and then vacuum it up. You may have to repeat the process over again to get the spot completely gone.

If the stain is a particularly difficult one, you can use a cornstarch method. Combine a half cup of hydrogen peroxide, half cup of cornstarch and one tablespoon of salt in a bowl. Mix this together until it forms a paste. Apply the paste onto the stain and allow it to sit on the stain for about an hour. After an hour, grab a spare toothbrush and use it to work in the paste and remove the stain. Finally, use cold water and a cloth to clean it up and then allow the mattress to dry. Repeat if necessary.


Cleaning up vomit is part of pet ownership. Just like urine and blood it can stain your mattress if your pets happen to throw up in your bed. To clean up stains from vomit you will want to soak up any moisture and remove anything solid first. Then you will want to sprinkle with baking soda to get rid of any odor. Next, use a solution of water and vinegar mentioned for cleaning up urine. Spray the area and allow it to dry. After the spot has dried, apply rubbing alcohol if needed to kill any germs if the pet is vomiting due to an illness and allow to dry.

Dealing with pet stains from urine, vomit or blood is just part of owning a pet. You don't have to buy expensive cleaners from the store in order to take care of the stains properly. Following these simple instructions should get your mattress back to looking brand new.