Keys To Cleaning Up Incontinence Accidents

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March 13, 2018
Over 12 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence. It is a common ailment. Often the elderly, bed-ridden, and infirm suffer from this bladder control condition, and thus caregivers or loved ones have to aid in cleaning up incontinence accidents. 


No one wants to experience incontinence accidents, or clean them up. It is simply not pleasant, but when they occur, it is nice to know how to clean up and eliminate odor as quickly and easily as possible. The following is a look at some of the keys to cleaning up accidents:

Key one: Immediacy. 

The first and foremost step in cleaning up incontinence accidents is doing so as quickly as possible. Whenever possible, clean it up immediately. Prolonged exposure to urine can cause skin rashes, and leave a scent on clothes, bedding, upholstery and carpet. Cleaning it up quickly will lessen the negative impact and effects, and make the cleanup faster and easier. The longer urine sits on carpet, bedding, upholstery, etc. the harder it is to remove the odor and the stain. 

Key two: Use a Cleanser. Treat Odor. 

When an accident occurs, it is important to remove the absorbent product, clean the skin with a gentle cleanser, and dry the skin thoroughly. This will prevent skin problems such as rash, dryness, and even infection. And help with comfort. After the skin has been properly cleansed, moisturized, and dried, it is important to put a fresh absorbent product in place. 

If the accident leaves urine on carpet, upholstery, bedding, etc. it is important to use a cleanser there as well. Wash carpets, upholstery, and any stains as soon as possible using soap and water. Help to remove the scent of urine with baking soda and vinegar. The best course of action is to first use the cleanser, and vinegar. Then use a paste made from baking soda and water. Let it sit on affected area until dry, then vacuum it up. This will help to remove odors. 

If the odor persists, you can use an air freshener, or spray. Just be sure you look for one that eliminates odor rather than masks it. 

Key three: Prevention. 

Prevention is always better than clean up after the fact. With incontinence, accidents happen, but those accidents do not have to affect your carpet, upholstery, bedding, and furniture. Preventing accidents can be achieved by using the proper size, fit, and type of absorbent product for the needs of the individual. 

It is easy to get confused about products, brands, styles, and sizes, as well as absorbency. With all the types of incontinence, and product options, finding the right product can feel a little like Russian Roulette.

In addition to the right products that are worn, using pads on furniture and bedding can help to protect mattresses, upholstery, and the like if an accident occurs. 
In order to clean up an accident, prevent first, act fast, and use the right cleansers and deodorizers