When tackling the problems of incontinence, one of the most challenging issues can be that of bed wetting.
A mattress that is continually exposed to urine will quickly deteriorate and because of the difficulty cleaning and drying a mattress, it will soon begin to produce unpleasant odours resulting in an environment that isn’t nice to sleep in.
A mattress protector is the perfect solution to counter bed-wetting problems; however, the first question that should be answered is whether you should purchase a disposable or a washable protector?
The answer can very much depend on a number of factors including comfort, effectiveness and affordability.
Whichever type of product you decide to purchase, Apogium provides a full range of both washable and disposable bed and chair protection suitable for every situation and every individual.
Benefits of Washable Mattress Protectors explained
Many people when purchasing mattress protectors especially when dealing with incontinence issues become totally focused on the absorption benefits of the cover. Never forget that the purpose of a bed is to provide the best conditions for a great night’s sleep, so comfort should always be a number one priority.
Washable covers are by their very nature a more luxuriant product, and unless you purchase the plastic variety, are very similar to everyday sheets that people have used for many years.
Everyone is much more aware of the need to protect and nurture our environment, which is another huge benefit of washable mattress protectors. If and when accidents happen, it is a quick and easy process to remove the stained protector. What you simply need to do is throw it into the wash and dry it. This is neither difficult nor time-consuming but is certainly eco-friendlier than using disposable protectors.
Many mattress protectors are also tumble dry friendly; thus, making the entire process from start to finish a quick job that can easily be completed within a 12-hour period.
- Long Lasting
A good quality mattress protector will last most people for many years, retaining its shape and protective benefits. Unlike disposable protectors which constantly need to be replaced, and are only suitable for one-time use, it is highly unlikely that you will ever run out of washable mattress protectors when an accident occurs during the night.
With disposable mattress protectors, it is always important to be organised and never run out of a replacement cover.
Washable Mattress Protectors – Disadvantages
Although they are not expensive, washable mattress protectors are initially at least a more expensive proposition than buying disposable ones, as the initial outlay is more. If the short –term budget is a concern, then disposable protectors may be the better option.
- Not Travel-Friendly
Washable mattress protectors are excellent for people who always stay in their own property, but may not be a very practical solution for anyone who is going on holiday.
Disposable Mattress Protectors – Benefits
Disposable mattress protectors are significantly cheaper to purchase than washable ones and can be purchased in large packs. Quick and easy to fit, they are also lighter to carry which makes them more beneficial for an elderly carer, who is trying to look after their life partner.
- Discreet and Perfect for Travel Purposes
Many people who are dealing with incontinence regularly become trapped in their property, too embarrassed to leave the home in case of accidents. That is the last thing that people should feel, and a nice holiday can be very beneficial regardless of age.
This one fact alone can make disposable mattress protectors a huge bonus, as it enables incontinence sufferers to regain their freedom and enjoy the benefits of a holiday.
Disposable Mattress Protectors – Disadvantages
Disposable mattress protectors are made from different materials to standard sheets or washable mattress protectors. When fitted they can tend to rustle and make a noise which some people can find disturbs their sleep. This may not be an issue for many people but is still worth mentioning as it is something to be considered.
Because disposable mattress covers come in a large packet, it can be very easy to assume that there are plenty of new covers in the packet. Unfortunately, many people discover at the most inopportune moment that the packet is empty and that they have no cover in an emergency. That is why it might be beneficial to always have a spare packet for emergencies, and ensure that replacement pads are reordered regularly.
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