Underpads are also known as bedpads, bed mats, or chair pads. They are available with different color plastic backings (usually peach, blue, or green) and are made from similar materials to other absorbent pads. These multipurpose pads are commonly used to protect sheets and reduce laundry from bed wetting or diaper leaks.
  1. Underpads pads are extremely comfortable. Underpads are soft to the touch and are even treated to neutralize urine odors. Because they are constructed from soft polymers, underpads are well suitable for pets and people of all ages.
  2. Underpads come in disposable and washable options. Disposable underpads (chux), as their name suggests, are meant for one time use. They are available in a range of construction types and sizes. They usually contain a waterproof plastic material for the bottom, a middle layer designed to absorb liquid and a top layer made from a soft and comfortable fabric. Washable underpads, also known as reusable underpads, are considered just as absorbent as disposable underpads and are popular with family caregivers, parents, and pet owners. Because they can be washed and reused, many people say that washable underpads are the responsible choice for patients, your budget and the environment. Washable underpads can replace up to 200 disposable pads, so they help reduce the amount of bed pads piling up in landfills across the country.
  3. Underpads pads are highly absorbent. Underpads are available in regular Fluff or Fluff/Polymer for extra absorbency. The Fluff style has a fluid capacity of 49 oz. (6.1 cups), and the Fluff/Polymer pad has an impressive capacity of 84 oz. (10.5 cups). A typical human bladder holds up to 16 oz. (2 cups) of fluid, which means that these pads provide more than enough waterproof protection. The pads are made of strong material that will not easily rip or tear when one moves around on them.
  4. Underpads come in a variety of sizes. Choose an underpad size to match the location where it will be placed. For example, an 30” x 30” underpad may be used to protect chairs, wheelchairs, or couch seats, while a pad that is 30” x 36” is great for beds. A larger underpad is recommended if the user is tall or heavy.
  5. Underpads offer a variety of uses. Aside from protecting the mattress and furniture from spills, incontinence and bedwetting, underpads can be used to keep the floors dry from wet sports equipment and wet shoes. They are typically are lightweight and portable, so they are perfect for when you travel and are on-the-go! Underpads can also be used as a pee pad for pets, a baby changing pad, and for protecting wheelchairs, recliners, or other seating.

At Rely Medical Supply, we're here to help you find an underpad that works for your needs. If you still have questions about underpads, give us a call at 1-888-529-2308.