How to Dry a Wet Bed

Melissa Busse

Despite your best efforts of prevention, liquids can sometimes be spilled onto your bed. For this reason, you may wonder how to effectively remove moisture from and clean a mattress.

Removing moisture from your bed is important for the prevention of bacteria growth.

Most types of liquid, including beverages, cleaning liquids and even urine, can successfully be removed from a bed using some simple cleaning products and techniques. After the surface of the bed has been cleaned and dried, you must air the mattress out thoroughly to prevent moisture-loving bacteria from growing inside.


To remove odors from a mattress, sprinkle baking soda over the dried spot. Allow it to sit for several hours, and then brush away. If your mattress is very wet, try taking it outdoors to dry in the sun. To test whether or not the mattress is dry all the way through, press firmly with your hand into the mattress. If you feel any moisture, the bed needs to continue drying. For children who frequently wet the bed, try placing a protective mattress covering over the mattress. This will help prevent moisture from entering the mattress. The School of Medicine at Wayne State University advises to seek medical attention for children who continue to wet the bed past the age of 5.

  1. Blot the wet spot on your bed with towels until no more liquid can be absorbed. Do not rub the wet spot with the towels, but apply pressure to absorb the moisture.

  2. Pour the hydrogen peroxide into your spray bottle. Spray the spot thoroughly, until it has been dampened. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit on the mattress for five to eight minutes. Then, blot the hydrogen peroxide with clean towels until the moisture has been removed.

  3. Turn the mattress on its side, propping it up on against object, such as a wall or the bed frame. This will help air to circulate around the entire mattress.

  4. Place a fan next to the mattress, and direct the air flow toward the wet area of the mattress. Allow the fan to blow at the mattress until it is completely dry.