Bedpads & Underpads

How to Choose the Right Underpads, Bed Pads & Chair Pads

When choosing with reusable or disposable underpad is right for you, it is important to keep recyclability, absorbency, materials, and size in mind.

Reusable & Washable Pads

These underpads can be washed and used several different times. Not only does this help you cut back on the amount of underpads you throw away, but it also saves you money over time.

Different Absorbency Levels

The absorbency level of an underpad is the volume of liquid than an underpad can hold without leaking. Using a substance called “absorbing polymer”, the underpad effectively takes in moisture and liquid. The higher the amount of polymer in an underpad, the more liquid it is capable of holding.

In order to find the right underpad for your needs, it is important to assess the flow rate of liquid that will be landing on the reusable pad. Typically, adults with inconsistency issues produce a high output of urine and a fast flow rate, therefore they will need a highly absorbent, reusable pad.

Vinyl & Urethane Barriers

Most underpads contain a liquid-proof barrier to prevent urine or other fluid from leaking through the protective bedding. There are two separate types of liquid proof barriers available for underpads: vinyl and urethane.

Vinyl Barrier:

  • More cost-effective than the urethane barrier option

  • Possibility of heat build-up while sleeping

  • Not constructed with breathable material

  • May require additional dry time after being washed

Urethane Barrier:

  • More expensive, but also are more durable and last longer

  • Allows complete transfer of heat

  • Non-rustling and quiet disposition

  • Washes and dries faster than the vinyl barrier

Proper Sizing

It is essential to choose an underpad that is the proper size for the amount of fluid you expect the underpad to be able to absorb. We recommend having at least a 6-10 inch border outside of the fluid range. This ensures large amounts of protection even when changes in position occur throughout the night. If movement during sleep or lying down is a concern, some underpads are designed with flaps or underpad holders to keep it securely in place.

 

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