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How to Wash and Dry Snugglewool and Mediwool Baby Blankets, Mattress Pads, Lap Robes, etc.

by Barbara 25. September 2011 12:24

Question about best way to wash and dry Snugglewool products such as mattress pads, baby blankets, wheelchair cushion covers, etc.

Q: "Please let me know how to wash and dry Snugglewool products. I don't want to ruin my new Mediwool queen mattress pad. Thanks Judy.

Answer: We recommend a mild detergent or one specifically for use with wool. Since lambswool is naturally disinfecting, you don't need warm water. or heated drying.  All SnuggleWool and Mediwool products are packed with washing instructions. Machine wash on a gentle cycle in cool water with a mild detergent. Fluff in the dryer on an air setting and then air dry.  Lambswool also resists the development of bacteria and dust mites. We do not recommend washing with items. The friction and agitation of the wool fibers against the other clothing will cause more clumping of the wool which means less "fluffiness."

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Choosing Urinary Incontinence Mattress Protectors or Disposable Underpads

by Barbara 24. October 2010 06:50

Question about choosing between Protection Plus Polymer Underpad Deluxe 23X36,75/csProtection Plus Polymer Underpad 23x36,100/csProtectionPlus Fluff-Fill Underpad Economy 23x36 150/CS,and  Ultrasorbs Air Permeable Disposable DryPads, 70  

Q: " I need to buy incontinence mattress protection underpads for my son who is a bed wetter. Despite the pull-ups, urine usually leaks through and the whole bed needs changed most days. I looked at the products above and am confused as to the differences. Which would you suggest? Thanks. Susan"

Answer: These are all pads that are 36 inches by either 23 inches or 24 inches. For an older child, I would recommend a larger pad as children tend to move around more at night.

The main differences between the pads are in absorbency and comfort: some of these incontinence supplies feature extra absorbent material, some have non-slip type backs, some are more air permeable, etc.. If your son is wearing pull-ups and empties his bladder prior to going to bed, he may not need the protection offered by the ultra absorbent underpads. However, the more expensive underpads are also more comfortable because they made of "breathable" materials so are less likely to be uncomfortable when wet.

There are larger pads that have wings that tuck in so a person active during sleep is less likely to move the pad.  For example, the Protection Plus Polymer Underpad 28x36,35/cs.

Another choice is a larger pad, one that is air permeable for sleeping comfort and is 31 inches by 36 inches. An example is the Ultrasorbs Air Permeable Disposable DryPad 31x36"40.bx 

For babies, what we recommend instead is the Crib Mattress Cover Rest-Guard Waterproof 6 In.. You can buy several and use them as fitted crib sheets since they are very comfortable for babies to sleep on. 

For older children in twin beds or in larger beds, you could also use the twin sized or larger waterproof mattress covers that are cotton with polyurethane backing as the bottom sheet. These cost no more than a decent quality bottom sheet. Using these as a bottom sheet would save your mattress and mattress pad from wetness and not have your child feel different because of the underpad use.

Please send more detail and I'll be able to help you more. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Adult Urinary Incontinence Underwear Types, Pull On and Incontinent Briefs

by Barbara 23. October 2010 14:54

Question about various choices among incontinent disposable briefs ex. Classic Plus Incontinent Briefs, M/L 27-56" White,120/CSProtection Plus Contour Brief LGE BLUE45"-58",72/Cs  Incontinent Brief, Air Active, LGE, 47-59 In, 90/CS and Molicare MED/LGE Purple Super Plus Briefs, 27"-56" (56)

Q: "Dad is having urinary incontinence problems. It is time for us to buy some type of incontinent brief. He's embarrassed by urine leakage especially when he wets the bed at night. What products do you suggest? There are so many. Thanks. Jill.

Answer: Jill, thanks for your question. What you left out was your father's degree of independence and mobility. The disposable briefs noted above vary from pull-on briefs to those with multiple tapes, some tapes being able to be re-used. If your father is bedridden, the taped incontinent briefs are the better choice.

For sizing, Medline gives these recommendations. Measure hip bone to hipbone over the abdomen. Double the longest measurement. Add 2 inches. When in doubt, purchase the larger size. Example. Hipbone to Hipbone=13 inches. 2x13=26 plus 2=28 inches. So this person would need a size medium..

Here is some information about the briefs listed above:

  1. Classic Plus Incontinent Briefs, M/L 27-56" White,120/CS : This is a case of 120 white disposable briefs. These are made for persons with heavy urinary incontinence Molicare Classic Plus incontinent briefs use an odor-neutralizing absorbent core and comfort stretch backing plus anti-leak cuffs. There are dual tapes for easier refastening. 3-part absorbent core gives dryness. Profile design for dignity and comfort.
  2. Protection Plus Contour Brief LGE BLUE45"-58",72/Cs:  Protection Plus Disposable Protective Underwear have elastic leg bands, stretch at front and back and are relatively easy to pull on. This is a contoured incontinent brief with extended capacity for overnight use for those who experience heavy wetting. 
  3. Incontinent Brief, Air Active, LGE, 47-59 In, 90/CS: This waterproof brief is breathable with large leg openings for accurate sizing and comfort. The 3 part core with Curly Fiber helps maintain skin neutral pH for superior dryness, odor control and skin care. Anti-leak leg cuffs. Stretchable and re-fastenable comfort-fit 2-piece tape system for better fit and comfort.
  4. Molicare MED/LGE Purple Super Plus Briefs, 27"-56" (56): Medline Molicare Super Plus Extended Capacity Briefs in medium to large size are overnight protection incontinent briefs. Padded panels plus stretch poly maximize comfort and patient mobility. Secure 3-part absorbent core neutralizes odor. Anti-leak cuffs for containment.
So, please consider how able your dad is to pull up briefs or whether he needs to have a brief that is actually more like a disposable diaper with tabs to connect after he places the center of the diaper between his legs. Also consider two other purchases if he lives at home or in assisted living. These are Protection Plus Polymer-Filled Underpads 30 x 36 and a waterproof mattress cover in case there is a leak.  The waterproof cover I recommend is the cotton onto polyurethane one by Rest-Guard. It is machine washable and dryable and very comfortable, cool in summer and warmer in winter.

Contact us if you have any questions. 

Thanks again.



Control Dust Mite Allergies from Beds with Allergy Proof Encasements on Pillow and Mattresses

by Barbara 30. January 2010 09:41

Question abou the Restguard  King Sized Mattress Cover and the King allergy pillow covers.

Q: "We have a pillow top king bed that is less than a year old. My allergies to dust mites are getting worse. We change the sheets once a week, wash all the blankets and quilt once a month and run an air cleaner and use a HEPA air cleaner. Would these mattress and pillow covers help?" Thanks. Linda

Answer: Dust mites love the warmth and moisture your body provides while you are sleeping on a mattress with your head on a pillow. Their favorite food is dander (human skin flakes). The advantage of using Restguard covers is that dust mite populations cannot multiply in the mattress or pillows due to the polyurethane backing. Yet the cotton/poly terry surface is comfortable and cool to sleep on. Plus your pillow is made allergy proof if you prefer feathers or down to which many are allergic. You'll protect your pillow and bedding against stains as well.

And you can launder the covers as often as you choose since they have a 10 year warranty and are hot water safe for your washer and low dryer setting or line dry safe. You may need to wash them weekly if your allergies are severe. We wash ours every few weeks when we wash the blankets and comforter to get rid of dust mites and animal hair. (Yep, the cats and dog share the bed despite my allergies.)

I do suggest, from personal experience, that you put the pillow cases on with the non-zippered side first. It is easier. We put our Restguard mattress cover over a memory foam pad to protect it from the animals and us.  The memory foam pad units two extra long twins in a king frame: much easier to flip a twin than a king mattress over.

Thanks again for your question. Remember that mattress covers and encasements as well as pillow covers and encasements from RestGuard come in sizes from crib to California King.




Rest-Guard Protects New Twin Mattress for Recently Toilet Trained Son

by Barbara 24. September 2009 08:44

Question about the product Rest-Guard Twin 15 Inch High Mattress Cover

Q: "We are moving our son from his crib with its vinyl covered mattress to a twin bed within the next month. He was recently toilet trained and we guess he may have a few accidents yet in the next year. Is this mattress cover the best choice for us?  The new mattress is 15 inches high." Thanks. Susan

Answer: I do recommend this mattress cover. To make your life easier, I suggest you buy at least two covers. That way if he does have an accident during the night, you can change the bed then, if he wakes up, or the next morning and have the bed ready for his afternoon nap. These mattress covers are comfortable to sleep on, too. In the days when my sons were young, the only options were a plastic mattress cover which was either hot or cold unless you topped it with a mattress pad. I recall having quite a collection of mattress pads and sheets.

The Rest-Guard covers are virtually identical to Protect-A-Bed covers. They are hot water washable and dryable on low or line dry. My grandkids find them quite comfortable since they are cotton and polyester and absorbent. They keep dust mites in the mattress, too. We also sell total mattress encasements in all sizes and heights.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara


Help! My Mattress is Infested With Bedbugs!

by Barbara 18. September 2009 08:40

Question about the king bedbug mattress and box spring protectors

Q: "What do I do now? My husband must have brought home bedbugs in his suitcase. We are itching and scratching. We've called an exterminator but he says there is no way to treat the mattress and box springs which were very expensive pillow tops." Thanks. Karyn

Answer: I recommend you cover both the mattress and box spring with individual Rest-Guard Deluxe King Bed total encasements that are 20 inches high. Also use Rest-Guard total encasement pillow covers on all your pillows in the bedroom and then cover your mattress with a fitted Rest-Guard waterproof mattress cover.

Any bed bugs you seal up in the Rest-Guard "Fully-enclosed" mattress covers will be trapped inside and will not be able to escape and will eventually die, the reason is because the inside of our covers are specially designed with a waterproof polyurethane backing on all six sides and have a re-enforced zipper liner which have smaller teeth, this prevents bedbugs and their eggs from escaping through the zipper teeth, which means you will not have to dis-guard your bed bug infested mattress or Box spring. Our manufacturer Rest-Guard recommends keeping the mattress covers intact for at least 12 months (bed bugs can live a very long time without feeding). The bed bugs and eggs inside will die, and the mattress is protected from further infestation.

Below are some notes from their website:

** Note: For cleaning & hygienic reasons, we suggest purchasing the Rest-Guard Fitted sheet Mattress protector, and place this cover over the fully-enclosed cover, simply remove the fitted sheet protector cover every 2-3 weeks and machine wash & dry as mentioned above and replace for continued protection.

** Note: Mattress covers can only trap bed bugs that are hiding on your mattress. You should also fully enclose your box spring as well to complete your bedding protection for both bed bugs and allergens. However, these covers will not protect you from other bed bugs hiding in your bedroom. For complete elimination of bed bugs from your bedroom and your home, you will need to contact a pest extermination specialist who understands how to rid your home of bed bugs.

Hope this helps. All is saved, not lost.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Sheepskin Shearling Wool Pelt Underlay vs Mediwool for Invalids

by Barbara 5. April 2009 00:55

Question about the products GF-1816 Sheepskin Shearling Wool Pelt and SF-MW-115 MediWool Wool Mattress Pad, 36 x 48 inch Draw Sheets

Q: "My mom spends most of her day in bed due to health problems. We have the alternating pressure mattress. Someone suggested we get a sheepskin wool pelt for additional comfort. I cannot decide between the Mediwool mattress pad and the wool pelt. Can you help by explaining the pros and cons?" Thanks, Sara

Answer: The G F Health Products deluxe wool pelt is 3/4 inch thick and is the actual sheepskin pelt. The total size is 6 to 7 square feet and the shape is that of a sheep, narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. The pelt is washable. Many people prefer the natural pelt. There is a Medicare Code for this product: HCPCS Code: E0189 so you can apply for reimbursement if applicable.

The 36 by 48 inch MediWool™ pad is 12 square feet. MediWool™ mattress pads are made of one-inch, 100% lambswool pile with draw sheets to hold them in place. There are many sizes available, twin, full, queen, etc. You can sleep directly on the pad or cover it with a sheet.

MediWool™ is the trademark of the soft, pure, fleece pads which are fully washable one-inch deep pile lambswool imported from Australia and New Zealand and made in the USA. The wool is hygienically scoured and treated to allow frequent machine washing and drying. The backed fleece retains all of the natural qualities of sheepskin (including absorption of moisture vapor, softness and cushioning) without requiring that the animal give its life. These products are especially versatile due to their ease of washability, unlike the sheepskin which dries out and cracks.

Thank you for your question.


Does this Twin Extra Long Mattress Cover Encase the Whole Mattress?

by Barbara 11. August 2008 11:26

Question about the product: Rest-Guard Mattress Cover, Twin XL, 15 Inch High,

Q: "Does this Rest-Guard pad envelope the whole mattress?"

Answer: No, this premium waterproof, anti-allergen mattress cover fits the mattress like a fitted bottom sheet. The waterproof top is absorbent and cool to sleep on. The pad covers the entire top and has a stretchy elasticized skirt that fits on the sides of the mattress and secures under the corners of the mattress or box spring similar to a fitted sheet.

The Rest-Guard Twin XL total mattress encasement cover includes the anti-allergy, anti-dust mite features of the fitted Rest-Guard mattress cover plus a concealed zipper bed bug proof waterproof mattress system. The Rest-Guard seal provides complete protection against allergens, dust mites and bed bugs both entering or leaving the mattress.

Encasements are a solution to costly replacements of bed bug infested mattresses and box springs. Bugs and eggs in mattresses and box springs become trapped within the zippered mattress cover, cannot feed (on humans, animals or birds) and ultimately die from starvation.

Thank you again for your question.


What Size Rest-Guard Waterproof Mattress Cover Fits a 105 cm x 200 cm Mattress?

by Barbara 19. May 2008 08:40

Question about Rest-Guard mattress covers.

Hello, I am interested in this kind of products. My bed is 105 cm by 200 cm. Do you offer any solution for this size? And to what price?"

Answer: To answer your question, I first went to a website and converted the centimeters to inches. Your bed is 41.3 inches wide by 78.7 inches long. An twin extra long mattress is 38 Inches by 80 Inches by 12 Inches. If your mattress is not over 14 inches thick, this cover would fit. The waterproof protection would not cover the entire width of the mattress (short by 3.3 inches total or just over 1.5 inches on a side. The skirt on this bed stretches to fit over mattresses of various sizes so the cover would fit just fine.

To see the current price, please click through on the blue "twin extra long".

Thanks for your question. And for other customers in similar situations, please convert the centimeters to inches and then choose the size closest to the converted size in inches. If you have questions, please contact us prior to purchase.


Buying Allergy and Waterproof Mattress and Pillow Covers

by Barbara 25. July 2007 03:25

Q: "Hi, I am interested in a Rest-Guard total encasement queen mattress cover and two queen pillow protectors. Do you have a package price with shipping to Orlando, FL 32825? Also are these unopened in the original packaging from a smoke and pet free home? Thank you for your consideration. J."

Answer: J, Safe Home Products sells only new, unused Rest-Guard bedding products from Taperly Products in Canada. Our business is not home-based. Our offices and warehouse are located in Iowa City, Iowa. Our building is smoke-free and the warehouse is about 5 years old, dry and heated. We sell our mattress covers and pillow covers separately rather than in packages. However, shipping to your zip code is about $11 to $12 via United Parcel Service.

We also sell Vinyl Pillow Covers, Frostlite, Zippered, 11X27,12/BX

Please contact us if you have additional questions. We also sell EnviroSept whole house air filter panels that fit a standard one-inch HVAC slot, the SolAire air purifier with two UV bulbs or two combination UV and ozone bulbs and room air purifiers that might help your allergies.

Sincerely, Barbara

Comments: Rest-Guard mattress covers are available for crib, twin, extra long twin, full, queen, king and California king mattresses in 3 different mattress depths. Pillow protectors are available as well.