Reusable Incontinence Pads FAQ’s

We carry a wide range of Reusable Incontinence Underpads, also referred to as reusable bed pads, washable bed pads, washable pee pads, washable incontinence pads and hospital bed pads, due to their extensive use in hospitals. Some of the frequent questions we are asked include the following.

How do you clean reusable incontinence pads?

Always refer to the product label or manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning. Quality made pads can be cleaned by placing them in an industrial washer, with laundry detergent and using the cold water setting. Make sure laundry detergents completely dissolve before drying. It is not advisable to use bleach or excessive fabric softener as this can damage the pad fabric. Line dry or use a tumble dry on low heat. Do not iron or over dry, as this could cause the pads to shrink. Poly-Urethane (PU) Bonded Incontinence Reusable Underpads are the top of the line underpads in the market. These pads are made to endure the most intense commercial washing and drying. Bonding the pad prevents air pockets from forming between the soaker and face fabric as they go through the dry cycle.

How often should I change washable incontinence pads?

It is important to change wet pads immediately and to frequently change your pad throughout the day in order to protect your skin. Depending on the level of incontinence this could be between 2-6 times a day.

You will know it is time to change out the pad if it begins to feel wet next to your skin. Special Indicator Underpads change color when it is time to change the bed.

Are reusable pads hygienic?

Yes, by following the right care protocol, reusable incontinence pads are just as sanitary as disposable incontinence pads.

How do you get smell out of reusable pads?

If your incontinence pads are extra pungent or still have a urine smell after completing a wash cycle try soaking them for a few hours in a mixture of water and baking soda, and/or tea tree oil.

Are washable incontinence pads worth the extra work?

Over time, washable incontinence pads can save a lot of money, especially in healthcare settings and they are much better for the environment as disposable incontinence pads contribute to landfill issues.

How much urine can an incontinence pad hold?

An adult bladder usually holds around 550ml (a pint) of urine and most individuals feel the need to empty their bladder when it is about half full, so the amount of urine excreted at one time is about a cupful. Depending on the amount of flow, lightweight or heavyweight pads are available options.  Quality made pads with a soaker range between 5 ounces to 10 ounces can hold several times the volume of urine likely to be excreted at one time.

What size incontinence pad do I need for my bed?

It depends on the size of the bed and person. Typical sizes include twin size 18×24, Full 24×26, Queen 30×36, King 34×36, California King 36×42.

Patient Slider Sheets are also used in healthcare as they are ideal for transferring patients to another bed.

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