I made a big mistake and poured straight up bleach all over my mattress cleaning a stain from dog urine. The bleach turned the top of my mattress a bit hard from the harsh chemical, but also I can't get the smell out. I just let it dry without water. I didn't want to add any more liquid to my bed so I thought it would be OK since a bleach smell usually disappears. This time it hasn't. Do I now add more water to the mattress to try to get the left over bleach smell out?
By Lauren from Austin, TX
What I would do if I were you is to get xo: it is an odor neutralizing cleaner that would have taken out the urine smell to begin with. This is what is used in nursing homes and hospitals; you can get it on www.qvc.com; go to Don Aslett's supplies; since it will cut urine smells and clean them I am thinking that it will do the same with bleach.
You can sign up to get emails and watch the presentations when he is on; or his products air; I was unable to find any locally so I ordered actually from his own site; I got the xo plus.
Since you now have both bleach and urine dried into the mattress, I would try something like a rug or furniture shampooer, or a steam cleaner. The bleach would not have removed the urine smell, but merely covered it up. After you have diluted the bleach and the urine with cleaning with water, and then perhaps mild soap and water, you could try the enzyme cleaner for the urine.
I am not so sure there's anything safe you can do now :-( I don't know if even dried bleach is safe to mix with other chemicals, including simple vinegar, so that's something you should probably ask a chemist or a bleach manufacturer. Bleach should never be mixed with anything other than water but I don't know if it's the same if the bleach is dried. Personally I wouldn't risk it without expert advice. The hardness of the mattress top is probably permanent damage because bleach actually melts some fabrics :-( I am not even sure it would be safe to turn the mattress over and still use because bleach fumes are toxic to lungs :-(
A professional carpet cleaning business can also clean mattresses, furniture, and car upholstery. If you have the funds, a professional will know best how to clean your mattress. The guy I had come out to clean up after a massive dog incident had a minimum of $125, so I had him hit some other problem areas as well (like the milk spatter that had stained the fabric above my son's car seat in my van).
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