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It's exactly how it sounds. A Kylie® Bed Pad is placed on top of the sheets, but under the duvet, and is highly absorbent, washable and with a waterproof backing. This allows you to keep your mattress clean and cut down on time consuming sheet washing and changing.
I worked in a nursing home very briefly after leaving school before starting my first job. The residents at the nursing home would all sleep on a Kylie® Bed Pad. It's clear why such a product would find a place in a nursing home. Roughly, there are 3 great benefits for anyone:
The original pad design was created over thirty years ago, and was so successful that the name Kylie® has become synonymous with washable bed pads, but not every washable bed pad is a Kylie®. The design has been continually improved over the years but the principal remains the same.
The 5 layer design is carefully constructed to keep urine away from the skin. The top layer is highly absorbent in one direction only, and repels water from the other direction. So as urine gets on to the top layer it is quickly absorbed through, and not allowed back.
The second layer is made from spun fibres which distribute the urine over a larger area. Remember that at this point it can't get back through the top layer.
The third layer is also highly absorbent. This draws the moisture down from the sharing layer so that the capacity for more urine isn't lost.
Under that we have an impermeable layer. This is the waterproof material that prevents the urine seeping through into the bed.
The 5th layer is the backing material. This is designed to be non-slip so that the pad doesn't move around during the night.
These layers combined make the Kylie® Bed Pad a very effective tool for absorbing even large amounts of urine while keeping the sleeper's skin relatively dry.
Other bed pads will use a less expensive 3 or 4 layer design, which is why they don't work quite as well as a Kylie®.
As well as the 5 layer technology the pads are finished with a number of features that make them very easy to use and live with.
Every pad has mattress tucks at either side. These are flaps of material that can be folded under the mattress to prevent the pad from moving in the night. The sides of the pad have been sewn in a very specific way to seal them, so that urine can't leak out of the edges.
We have already talked briefly about nursing homes (where you will find Kylie® Pads in use all around the UK), but they are also ideal for bedwetting children, adults that wear incontinence products that are prone to leak, elderly people who have the occasional accident or toddlers going through the potty training stage.
The Kylie® Bed Pad can be used straight from the packaging although it is recommended that you wash it first to improve the absorbency. Simply place on the bed you need to protect, roughly in the middle of where the person will lie. Tuck the flaps under the mattress, and you are good to go! The coloured side (either pink or blue) should face the sleeper. The white side should face the mattress.
In the morning you can wash simply by putting the pad in the washing machine. They can be washed at up to 90C and tumble dried on a low heat.
We recommend you get three Kylie® Bed Pads to use in rotation. This is because you can have one on the bed, one in the wash, and one ready to use in the morning. This rotation will save you a lot of effort, and has the added advantage that if the user has a particularly wet night, you can change with a spare pad before the morning if neccessary.
Kylie® Bed Pads are available in pink or blue, and in five different sizes.
Roughly these are:
You can buy them from most online healthcare shops, our product page is here.