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Protective Bedding for Incontinence
What you can do now to sleep comfortably.

Today, you have many great waterproof products to choose from to keep your mattress dry. They are all aimed at reducing mattress damage and excessive laundry. Waterproof products are very helpful for families struggling with incontinence. They're also great for anyone who wants to protect expensive bedding and provide a clean and dry sleeping environment.

Even though the main purpose of protective bedding is to protect your mattress from fluids, stains and odors, another important feature is to decrease your overall laundry burden. Because of this, layering waterproof bedding is helpful. For example, a vinyl cover or mattress pad would be placed under the sheets, with a waterproof overlay on top of the sheets. For small wetting episodes, the overlay could be easily removed and replaced with a clean one. For larger accidents, the sheets may need to be removed and washed, however, the mattress is still protected. When choosing waterproof bedding, keep in mind your specific needs and the different characteristics of the various products.

Vinyl mattress protection. Zippered vinyl covers protect your mattress from fluids, odors, and dust mites while protecting you from allergens that reside inside the mattress. This is an inexpensive way to extend the life of your mattress. The zippered covers surround the entire mattress or pillow and are specially treated to retard the growth of mildew and mold. They are easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Standard 3-gauge covers are a great value and meet everyday needs. For heavy-duty institutional quality covers, choose the thicker 6-gauge vinyl. Vinyl covers do not breathe and may not be comfortable to sleep on directly. Many families choose to use a mattress pad over this type of cover.

Waterproof mattress overlays for sheet protection. While a waterproof mattress pad or cover is essential to protect the mattress, consider purchasing a waterproof mattress overlay to lay on top of the sheets to absorb small to medium accidents. Overlays are quilted, soft pieces of fabric with a waterproof layer that protects the sheets from moisture. They come in different sizes to fit your bed. The saddle style mattress overlay, best suited for twin or full mattresses, has side flaps that tuck between your mattress and box spring to hold the pad in place. Mattress overlays can be machine washed and dried and can decrease the overall laundry load significantly.

For absorbent mattress protection. A waterproof mattress pad provides absorbency as well as moisture protection. Some pads will hold up to 6 cups of fluid. We offer several styles of mattress pads to choose from. Each style is super absorbent, has a comfortable top, a middle waterproof barrier to repel liquid and a full-elasticized skirt. These mattress pads protect against bacteria, which can degrade fabric and lead to odors and stains. Placing the waterproof barrier, made of either vinyl or polyurethane laminate, inside the other layers makes the pads virtually noiseless. When choosing a waterproof mattress pad the type of waterproof barrier should be considered. Both vinyl and polyurethane are waterproof but only the polyurethane barrier is breathable. Practically, this means that polyurethane does not reflect body heat and is therefore cooler to sleep on. For a child, this may not be a consideration, but for adults, who produce more body heat, having a breathable barrier layer may be worth a few additional dollars.

A second factor to consider when choosing a waterproof mattress pad is the number and type of absorbent layers. A standard pad has three layers, the top absorbent one, the barrier layer and a bottom layer. The four layer cotton top pad has an additional top layer of fine cotton, which enhances the appearance and adds comfort. The four layer plush Beautyrest pad has a polyurethane barrier, as well as a thick absorbent top layer. (See our bedding comparison chart for an easy guide to bedding selection).

Choosing the right products for your family can be somewhat confusing!! Please look at our bedding comparison chart to compare the various products. We strive to carry a full line of waterproof products to meet your needs, no matter what they may be.