We all know what our wee smells like and generally, it’s not pleasant. Luckily, most of the time it gets flushed away before any strong odour starts to develop. However, carers and parents of young children have to get pretty comfortable dealing with bodily fluids and the distinctive pongs that come with them. That means they also need to know exactly how to clean up afterwards.
Step 1: Act quickly
If the urine is on a soft surface, the faster you act, the more easily you can prevent it from soaking deep into the fabric. Even on hard surfaces, especially real wood, the liquid will get further into the natural material or spaces between the boards, which then makes it harder to clean and remove. Urine odours also become stronger over time, as the bacteria develops. So, whatever you do, take action straight away.
Step 2: Help the person
The person who had the accident is likely to be the most distressed by the situation. If it’s your child who has wet themselves or the bed, ask another family member to comfort them, give them a bath or shower and put them in clean clothes and a nappy while you tidy. If you work in care, alert another member of staff so that they can help do this process with the resident. Remove dirty clothes and bedding and if accidents are common due to incontinence, try bed pads or adult diapers.
Step 3: Prevent accidents
In a care home, you need to get rid of the urine quickly to prevent slippages and accidents amongst staff or residents. This is especially important as elderly or disabled people are particularly prone to falling, injuring themselves and breaking bones. If you are in a professional setting, put out a wet floor sign immediately to warn people whilst you deal with the mess.
Step 4: Collect equipment
Gather all the equipment you need first. Having everything to hand means you can focus entirely on removing the wee, without interruptions. You’ll need gloves to protect yourself, something to remove the urine like paper towel, a mop, clean cloth or towels, a bucket to wring the liquid into and enzyme cleaner to make the area safe, clean and hygienic.
Step 5: Remove excess urine
Pop on the gloves and use the paper towel, mop, clean cloth or towels to soak up the urine from the surface. On hard surfaces a simple wipe might be enough to get rid of all the liquid. On soft surfaces, blot the urine, without rubbing or pushing it further down into the fibres. If needed, wring the liquid out into the bucket and repeat until all the wee is gone.
Step 6: Clean the area
Once you’ve removed the urine, you need to clean the area. Whether you’re sorting an accident on your little one’s mattress or cleaning somewhere in a care home, it’s vital that you remove the bacteria and disinfect the surface fully, to make it safe and stop the smell from lingering. This is where an enzyme cleaner like Bio one™ comes in. Enzyme cleaners target the source of the problem, permanently removing bad bacteria using organic enzymes without harsh chemicals.
How to remove human urine smell with Bio one™:
- Spray the contaminated area thoroughly with Bio one™. If cleaning fabric or soft surfaces, spray until damp. If cleaning on hard floors or surfaces, cover the entire area.
- Leave to work for 5-10 minutes.
- Wipe (hard surface) or blot (soft surface) the area to remove excess product.
- If needed, re-spray the area as in step 2.
- Leave for a further 5-10 minutes.
- Wipe or blot and leave to dry.
Step 7: Neutralise the smell
Carers who look after the elderly will know that they struggle to keep up their water intake and often become dehydrated. This increases the concentration of ammonia in the urine and makes it smell stronger. However, you don’t need a special urine smell cleaner to neutralise or get rid of the pong. Unlike sprays that just mask odour, enzyme cleaners disinfect and tackle any stubborn aromas at the same time. Best of all, Bio one™ will leave the surface smelling fresh of natural grapefruit and tea tree.
Step 8: Wash your hands
After all that cleaning up of bodily fluids, your hands need a clean too. Even if you wore gloves, it’s always a good idea to practice excellent personal hygiene, especially in a professional care setting. Wash them thoroughly with an antibacterial handwash to remove any lingering bacteria.If you’re a carer or look after young kids, here’s how to remove stubborn urine smells from fabrics, floors and furniture in eight steps with Aroma Care.