Beds, Mattresses & Laundry
Professional urine remover for beds, mattresses & laundry
Incontinence while sleeping is very common, especially in health care, aged and child care facilities. Failure to properly clean and remove the urine will cause premature deterioration of linens, mattresses, and box springs. Many beds have a plastic protection sheet to prevent seepage of urine into the mattress. Urine will cause this sheet to become brittle, and small cracks will begin to appear. Once this happens, urine will pass freely into the mattress and box spring. The plastic cover will also direct urine off the sides of the bed, and urine will accumulate along the steel bed rails and the box spring. Allowing urine to linger on the bed rails will also cause the steel bed rails to rust.
*NOTE: Always check sheets, bedspread and mattress pad for colorfastness. Rips and tears on bedspreads and sheets will sometimes fluoresce, be sure to distinguish them from urine deposits.
a) Use the Urine Detector to inspect the entire bedspread for areas that fluoresce. b) Remove bedspread from bed. c) Using the urineFREE™ sprayer’s heavy stream setting, saturate the areas on the bedspread that fluoresce under the Urine Detector. d) Repeat process on opposite side of bedspread, as urine will soak through to the other side. Wash bedspread using normal facility laundry procedures. After removing the bedspread to treat with urineFREE™, inspect area of bed where stain was found, as urine will soak through to sheets and the mattress.
a) Use the Urine Detector to inspect all areas of the sheets and pillowcases for areas that fluoresce. b) Remove sheets from bed. Using the sprayer’s heavy stream setting, saturate areas of sheets that contain stains with urineFREE™. c) Allow to stand for at least 20 minutes, then wash sheets using normal facility laundry procedures.
Follow the same procedures for mattress protector as sheets.
a) Use the Urine Detector to inspect mattress for areas that will fluoresce. b) Saturate these areas with urineFREE™, using the sprayer’s full stream setting. Because mattresses will absorb large amounts of urine, it is important to completely saturate stains, allowing urineFREE™ to absorb deep into the mattress. c) Allow mattress to dry and re-apply. Some stains will require several treatments to totally remove all urine.
Urine will often seep through or around the mattress and into the box spring. Also, because the plastic mattress cover will direct urine off the bed, urine will frequently accumulate on the bed rails that hold the box springs, causing them to rust.
a) Using the Urine Detector, inspect all sides of the box spring. Note which areas fluoresce under the Urine Detector. b) If urine has accumulated on the bed rails, remove the box spring from the bed rails. Physically wipe up as much urine on the bed rails as possible, using an absorbent paper towel. c) Saturate bed rails with urineFREE™. d) Using the heavy stream setting of the sprayer, apply urineFREE™ to the areas of the box spring that were exposed to urine. e) Allow to air dry before returning the box spring to bed rails.
Disposal of linens due to unremovable stains can cost a health care facility thousands of dollars per year. Increasing the amount of bleach or soap used while laundering will only cause linens to degrade faster. Increased chemical use in the laundry can also cause chemicals to remain in the linens, possibly causing discomfort or even chemical burns on patients. For stains from urine, blood, feces or vomit, the following procedures should be used.
- a) Before putting stained linens in laundry, saturate stain with urineFREE™. b) Allow linens to sit for a minimum of 20 minutes. c) Saturate stain again with urineFREE™, and launder using standard facility laundry procedures. d) Because some stains have been allowed to set in, repeat treatments could be necessary to thoroughly remove all stains.
A special note on laundry procedures
It is common for commercial laundry departments to use high pH levels to remove urine staining, which in turn requires extra rinse water to remove all chemicals and reduces the service life of the linens. The use of urineFREE™ as a pre-treatment can allow laundry departments to re-evaluate the overall laundry procedure, reducing the use of harsh chemicals as well as decreasing water usage. Consider the potential for reducing overall costs while also helping the environment.