Not a very interesting title but a very useful item. Washable bed pads are once again making a comeback. With the emphasis on reducing single-use items (disposable paper bed pads), reusable fabric bed pads are becoming more and more popular. Traditionally called Kylie sheets, anybody who has worked in a nursing home, hospital or care home will remember them well. Whatever you call bed pads they have the same useful properties and are now widely available for purchase by individuals for use at home.
Washable bed pads come in a range of sizes, colours and absorbencies. From the 60cm x 60cm pads, useful for children during toilet training or adults (to borrow a phrase from a famous panty liner producer) for the “OOPS moments” to the full cover for junior beds and double sizes for double beds. There is a choice of with or without “wings” (again a phrase favoured by the panty liner producer) which are flaps that tuck under the mattress to keep the pads from moving, these are especially useful for people who move around a lot in bed.
Once you have decided on a size that is suitable for your requirements, there are a few things to remember:-
- Always wash your bed pads before use as this increases the absorbency.
- Subsequent washes will also increase the absorbency when first purchased.
- Never use bleach or fabric conditioner in the wash as this affects the absorbency of the pad.
- Always buy the correct size and absorbency rating suitable for your needs.
A word of warning for those looking for a bed pad, always ensure that you buy a pad with a polyurethane barrier because these are breathable, silent in use and longer lasting than those with a plastic membrane.