“Urine odor is such a problem at my house. My son’s bedroom reeks, even though I try to get laundry done every day. If I miss one day, or if he puts his wet clothes in his hamper, his room smells so bad. It’s embarrassing for him to even invite his friends to our house. Do you have any suggestions?”
Yes, I have some great suggestions for this common problem. As you have noticed, urine odor is difficult to remove with typical household cleaners. The key to removing urine, whether it is human or pet, is to use an enzyme based product. The enzyme binds with the protein component of the urine so that it can be removed. Cleaners without this feature simply mask the odor but do not permanently remove it.
We carry two spray-on urine removal products, OdorZyme and the new DP. Lift up as much of the accident or stain as possible by wiping and blotting the affected area. Then saturate the affected area with OdorZyme or DP (de-pee) Stain & Odor Remover. Let it work for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe away the accident or stain with a clean white cloth. OdorZyme can also be used as a laundry additive if urine smell remains in clothing. Presoaking in Odorzyme before doing regular laundry effectively rids clothing, bedding, and incontinence pads of urine stains and odor.
When using any urine removal product, remember to use as much of the product as the amount of urine that created the stain. If the mattress or carpet is affected, make sure the urine removal product reaches the source of the odor. A thick mattress or carpet with padding requires more product than a hard floor. Older stains may require the product to sit longer. The spray-on products also work well for cleaning vinyl mattress covers on a daily basis. Quickly spray the vinyl surface before remaking the bed with clean sheets.
For older, set-in stains on mattresses or floors, Urine Erase works well. Urine Erase is an enzyme based 2-step cleaner. The first step is to mix the enzyme packet with tepid water and saturate the stain for 8 hours. The second step is to use the special solution that comes in the bottle to saturate the stain and let air dry. The gallon size container can be used for large jobs, such as carpets or floors that pets have urinated on.
Once you get your mattress cleaned, be sure to protect it with a heavy duty 6 Gauge zippered vinyl mattress cover or a breathable Premium Mattress cover. These comfortable covers will protect your mattress from further wetting episodes as well as bed bugs and dust mites.