Laundering Guide for Bed pads

Underpad Laundering Guide

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Correctly washed underpads will have a long and useful life. Incorrectly washed bed pads can breakdown and the life of the product will be reduced.
Here are a few laundering hints for HOME laundering:
  1. If you use too much bleach it will cause a premature product failure. The use of oxygenated bleach is recommended
  2. Proper load levels are important - you should wash with 85% capacity in the washer and dryer.
  3. Cool down for approximately 5 minutes after the drying cycle. Do not leave the underpads in the dryer after the cycle is complete.
  4. The use of fabric softeners can reduce absorbency.
  5. For all polyester products DO NOT use fabric softener. It will cause the bed pad to not absorb liquids.

For laundering in COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH MACHINES here are some standard formulas:



Fahrenheit (Fº)



FlushHighCool 90º2
FlushHighWarm 110º - 120º2
FlushHighHot 130º - 150º2
BreakLowHot 150º - 155º8-12Alkali or alkali and detergent
SudsLowHot 155º6Detergent
RinseHighHot 155º2
BleachLowHot 150º - 155º8No more than 1.5 quarts of 1% chlorine bleach per 100 lbs
RinseHighHot 150º - 155º2
RinseHighWarm 130º2Use Anti-Chlor.
RinseHighWarm 90º2
SourLow100º5Sour / Softener*
Drying168º or LessApproximately 30-35 minutes

*For all polyester products DO NOT use fabric softener.

  • Local water conditions can influence the effectiveness of your wash. Hard water, soft water, etc...
  • Drying times for underpads varies based on the weight of the underpads. Heavier soaker capacity in the underpads means it will take longer to dry and less will can be washed during a load due to volume.
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