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How to Use Incontinence Bed Pads and Protect Your Mattress

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How to Protect Mattress from Bed Wetting?

It is important to keep mattresses dry for a better night’s rest. Mattresses are costly and can be challenging to clean after being soaked. Whether you or someone you are caring for is living with incontinence, it makes sense to spend money on incontinence supplies for bedwetting and protect your mattress. 

The best type of nighttime incontinence products depends on how frequently one wets the bed. An individual can experience mild, moderate to heavy incontinence.

Disposable Bed Pads for Incontinence

Incontinence bed pads, also known as “chux”, are meant to absorb urine and prevent leaks. Bed underpads are designed to wick away moisture and keep mattresses dry. Disposable bed pads have a waterproof backing and a soft, absorbent top layer. Quilted underpads for adults usually come in various sizes. For larger mattresses, underpads 30” x 36” fit larger mattresses best. 

SPC quilted underpad

Bedwetting pads for kids generally fit twin-sized mattresses. Underpads 27” x 70” with tuck in sides secure onto the mattress to catch any leaks even while tossing and turning.

SPC quilted underpad with tuck in sides

How To Use Disposable Incontinence Underpads

  1. Cut the product packaging with scissors and open the bag on one side. 
  2. Carefully reach into the bag and pull one bed pad out of the packaging. Keep the remaining underpads inside the bag. Stow away extra pads accordingly.
  3. Hold the pad with two hands. Find the corners and pull the two sides away from each other until you see the white quilted top layer.
  4. Open up the pad by unfolding along creases like a newspaper.
  5. Hold the edges of the bed pad securely and “throw” it away from you to catch some air. This will open the underpad, completely exposing the absorbent top layer.
  6. Place the pad on the bed white side up. If the underpad has adhesive strips, remove the paper cover from the strip.
  7. Press down on the incontinence pad firmly, securing it onto the bed sheet. 

How Often Should You Change Incontinence Bed Pads?

You should change disposable bed pads frequently, especially after being soiled. Depending on the degree of incontinence, you may have to change the underpad more frequently to avoid irritating the skin barrier. A good rule of thumb is as follows:

  • 1 to 2 underpads per day for light to mild incontinence
  • 2 to 4 underpads per day for moderate incontinence
  • 4 to 6 underpads per day for heavy incontinence

Tips For Keeping Mattresses Dry

Waterproof Mattress Covers 

Waterproof mattress covers are a good investment, especially when keeping your mattress dry, They serve as mattress protectors and usually go underneath a bed sheet. There are a variety of versions to choose from including a mattress protector with zipper, flat mattress pads that anchor with elastic loops on each corner, or mattress toppers with an elasticized fitted skirt.

  • Use a zippered, vinyl waterproof bedding cover. This will keep your mattress fully protected as it completely covers your mattress and fits snugly. This will prevent stains and moisture that can ruin your mattress.
  • An additional layer of protection can be added by using a waterproof bedding cushion. This goes on top of a vinyl mattress cover and can offer extra comfort, especially for bed-ridden individuals.
  • If you are experiencing moderate to severe incontinence, a waterproof underpad can be laid out to provide an extra barrier against urine leaks. Some waterproof pads are reusable and can be laundered for maximum product use.

Super Absorbent Pads

Invest in super absorbent underpads to keep your skin and mattress dry. High quality underpads can make life easier by preventing unwanted spills and leaks. Disposable underpads are safe and hygienic to use as they are changed frequently. This is recommended for skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and home health care.

Avoid Skin Issues Associated with Incontinence 

Using the right incontinence products can help safeguard you or your loved ones from skin issues that can lead to discomfort. Properly changing soiled underpads can help prevent bacterial infections associated with moisture and poor hygiene. Wipes, creams, and other incontinence products such as adult diapers, sanitary pads, and bladder control pads can further absorb urine leaks.


San Pablo Commercial is a family-owned, small business with a mission to deliver affordable medical supplies to their customers. We offer a variety of incontinence products including SPC disposable underpads, reusable incontinence underwear, sanitary pads, and more. We ship directly to our customer’s home within 2 to 3 business days. SPC disposable quilted underpads are also available on AmazonWe care deeply about our customers and want to make ordering incontinence supplies easier so that they can spend less time cleaning up spills and messes.

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