Incontinence can be uncomfortable, for both the person managing it as well as their caregiver and/or loved ones. It can also be a significant stressor for the caregiver trying their best to prevent accidents and clean up after their loved one. It’s not uncommon to have accidents, and we feel as though cleaning up afterwards is not talked about enough. This blog addresses how to clean up incontinence stains on furniture, as it’s very common to have accidents around the house.
Incontinence stains are really not a big deal, as long as you fix the area promptly and use the correct products. Always start by following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the upholstery. Fabrics such as silk and leather, or antique and vintage furniture may have different methods, so be sure to consult a cleaning professional for these. For common materials, we recommend the following techniques.
Fresh incontinence stains:
Debra Johnson, a cleaning expert for Merry Maids has an easy method for getting rid of fresh incontinence stains from furniture. The following steps are what she recommends:
- Lightly blot the incontinence stain with a microfiber cloth to remove excess moisture. Don’t press too hard, or the stain will spread.
- In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of cold water.
- Gently stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar (which disinfects the area and breaks down the acid).
- Dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution.
- The stain should be gently sponged, starting at the outer edges and working your way inward.
- As necessary, repeat.
- Using a damp cloth, blot the area to remove detergent residue.
- To dry the area, gently blot it with a dry microfiber cloth.
Old incontinence stains:
ServiceMaster Clean's Jason Weaver uses a DIY formula to remove old urine stains from upholstery.
- In a bowl, whisk together 10 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of recently opened baking soda, and 2-3 drops of dish-washing detergent. Mix until the baking soda is dissolved.
- Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
- Spray a small amount of cleaner on the upholstery in an area that is not visible. Allow it to dry. If the fabric doesn’t change colour, proceed.
- Spray the stain and allow the cleaner to work for an hour. If the stain persists, repeat the process.
- Once the stain has been removed, rinse the cleaning solution from the area with a damp cloth and blot with a dry towel until all of the cleaning solution has been removed.
- If the stain remains, contact a professional cleaner.
If you have any other tips and tricks for removing incontinence stains from furniture or bedding, we would love to hear them. Feel free to share in the comments!