If you’ve ever found yourself in the unfortunate situation of having your child pee in a hotel bed, or maybe you have yourself, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

I wouldn’t say it’s super common, it certainly hasn’t been all that common during my 12 years of hotel ownership, but it does happen sometimes – I would surmise to say maybe 1-2 times per year (that we know about) across the 50 rooms I owned. While it may be embarrassing, it’s important to know what steps to take to ensure that the situation is handled properly.

I know that people are all people too, and sometimes people things will happen, but I’ve written this guide so that both the guest and the hotel owner know what to do and how to handle this situation if it ever happens to you!

So are you ready? Let’s dive in!

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Step 1: Contact Hotel Staff And Apologize

If you or your child accidentally pee in a hotel bed, the first thing you should do is contact the hotel staff immediately. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse, and you may be charged additional fees if you do not report the issue promptly.

When you contact the hotel staff, be honest and straightforward about what happened. Explain the situation calmly and politely, and ask what steps you should take next. The staff will likely ask you to leave the room so they can clean the bed and replace the bedding.

It’s important to remember that accidents happen, and hotel staff are trained to handle these situations professionally. Most hotels have a protocol in place for dealing with bedwetting incidents, and they will do their best to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

In some cases, the hotel may charge you for the damage caused by the bedwetting. However, this is not always the case, and it’s important to be aware of the hotel’s policies regarding these types of incidents. Some hotels may not charge you at all (we personally haven’t), especially if the bedwetting is minor and does not require extensive cleaning or replacement of bedding.

Real-Life Example: The reason hotels like to be told as early as possible is demonstrated in this incident that happened at my hotel a few summers ago. We were fully booked and had a really busy day of housekeeping. We got to our last room and only had half an hour to spare before our check-ins started arriving. We discovered that a child had wet the bed, and people were due to check in any minute! In this situation, we pulled the mattress out altogether and swapped in a spare one we were keeping in our storeroom. In a perfect world, this guest would have told us earlier in the day, allowing us to close the room off, swap the incoming guests to another room, or dry it out in time, all options that we didn’t have the luxury of choosing!

Step 2: Offer to Pay for Cleaning

If you have accidentally peed in a hotel bed, it is important to take responsibility for your actions.

In a smaller hotel, or a bed and breakfast, where the owner is the housekeeper, you may consider offering to pay for the cleaning of the bed. In a larger chain hotel, where the front desk has sent you housekeepers after you have explained that you need new bedding, I would suggest giving them a generous tip for their trouble.

If it happens on the morning that you are leaving, leave a note for the housekeepers with a tip, after you have already notified the reception.

Some hotels may charge a cleaning fee, while others may not. If the hotel staff does not mention a fee, you can ask if there will be any additional charges for cleaning the bed, but generally, there will not be.

If the hotel staff does charge a fee, be prepared to pay it. It is important to remember that the hotel staff is not responsible for you or your child’s accident, and they are only doing their job by ensuring the room is clean for the next guest.

Step 3: Request a New Room or Bedding

If you or your child have peed in the hotel bed, the best thing to do is to request a new room or bedding. Most hotels understand that accidents can happen, and they will be happy to provide a fresh set of linens or even a new room.

Once they have provided a solution for you, make sure to thank them! This will show your appreciation to the hotel staff and help maintain a positive relationship with the hotel.

FAQ: Bedwetting In Hotel

How Can You Avoid Peeing The Bed In A Hotel?

To avoid peeing the bed when we travel, I will always take a rubber sheet to put under any of my kids if they’ve been having a problem with bedwetting. If you want something you can throw away, you could also try disposable bed pads that have been designed with incontinence in mind, or pads for puppy training.

What Does A Hotel Do When A Guest Pees The Bed?

Hotels are prepared for accidents like bedwetting and have protocols in place to handle them discreetly. Typically, the hotel staff will remove the soiled bedding and replace it with fresh, clean linens. If the mattress is wet, they may use a special cleaning solution to sanitize it, or close the room off and dry it out in the sun. In some instances, if it is completely spoiled, they will throw the mattress out.

Do Hotels Charge For Bedwetting?

It depends on the hotel’s policy. Some hotels may charge a cleaning fee if the bedwetting is excessive or causes damage to the mattress or bedding. However, most hotels understand that accidents happen and will not charge you for minor bedwetting incidents.

Do Hotels Change Mattress Protectors?

Yes, hotels typically use mattress protectors to prevent damage to the mattress. If the protector becomes soiled, the hotel staff will remove and replace it with a clean one.

Do Mattress Protectors Protect Against Pee?

Yes, mattress protectors are designed to protect the mattress from spills and stains, including urine. They are typically made of waterproof material and can be easily removed and washed.

Do Hotels Wash Sheets After Every Guest?

Yes, hotels are required to wash all bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, after every guest checks out. This is to ensure that the room is clean and ready for the next guest.

Do Hotels Know When You Take Towels?

Hotels keep track of their inventory and may notice if towels or other items are missing from the room. However, they typically do not charge guests for taking towels or other small items.

Why Do Hotels Always Use White Sheets?

Hotels use white sheets because they are easier to spot stains on, then to clean and sanitize. White also gives the impression of cleanliness and luxury, which is important for the hospitality industry.

Wrapping Up: Urinating On Hotel Bed

In conclusion, urinating on a hotel bed can be a very embarrassing situation, but it is important to handle it with grace and responsibility. Here are some key takeaways to remember if you ever find yourself in this situation:

  • First and foremost, be honest with the hotel staff about what happened. They are there to help you, and they will appreciate your honesty.
  • Take steps to clean up the mess as best you can. Use towels or sheets to soak up any excess liquid, and then ask the hotel staff for additional cleaning supplies.
  • Offer to pay for any damages or cleaning fees that may be necessary. It is your responsibility to take care of the situation.
  • If you are worried about being charged extra, check the hotel’s policy on bedwetting. Some hotels may not charge at all, while others may charge a fee.
  • Be respectful of the hotel staff and their time. They are doing their best to help you, and being rude or impatient will only make the situation worse.

Remember, accidents happen, and the most important thing is to take responsibility for your actions and do your best to make things right. By following these tips, you can handle the situation with grace and dignity, and hopefully avoid any further embarrassment.

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