Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE PEAPODMATS MADE OF?
POD-TEX™technology is a unique triple-layer design to create a leakproof, breathable and reusable bedwetting/incontinence mat.
TOP LAYER - 100% terry cotton. Grid stitched to prevent bunching.
MID LAYER - Polyester wadding. To absorb and disperse moisture.
UNDER LAYER - Coated polyester for waterproofing. Constructed to grip
PeapodMats® feature TPU waterproof coating and are certified by an independent third-party lab to be free of lead, cadmium, mercury and all phthalates. PeapodMats® are a green solution for the environment!
DO YOU HAVE PICTURES OF PEAPODMATS IN USE?
You bet! Please click on this link: https://www.peapodmats.com/pages/in-use
HOW DOES THE PEAPODMAT ABSORB THE LIQUID?
Quickly! The liquid will disperse amongst the top and middle layer so that the liquid doesn’t ‘pool’.
HOW MUCH LIQUID WILL THE PEAPODMAT ABSORB?
Lots! The 3x3 and 3x5 PeapodMats will safely absorb more than 1 litre+/ up to 6 cups of liquid. That is more than the average adult will urinate. A healthy adult bladder can hold up to 16 ounces/2 cups of urine.
WHEN THE PEAPODMAT HAS BEEN WET, THE SHEETS UNDERNEATH FEEL COOL AND/OR DAMP WITH A SLIGHT URINE SMELL BUT THE UNDERSIDE OF THE PEAPODMAT IS COMPLETELY DRY. IS THIS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN?
PeapodMats won’t leak but they do breathe! We made a conscious decision when designing PeapodMats that they be as BREATHABLE and green as possible. Because the TPU waterproof coating is a green solution to PVC, plastic or vinyl and is breathable, vapors can escape but not liquid. Urine is made of over 90% water and water is the only thing that evaporates from urine. Any waste products (IE salts and minerals) are left behind. Because the PeapodMat is breathable (BUT LEAK PROOF) the water from urine may evaporate. This means the sheets underneath may feel very cool to the touch (giving a damp feeling) and may even have a slight smell from the vapors. But in the time it takes you to wash your PeapodMat you will find that the sheets no longer have that cool damp feeling and any smell will have disappeared – leaving the sheets clean and dry with no need to launder. If you were to test the PeapodMat with a glass of water you will find that it doesn’t leak through.
ARE PEAPODMATS ALLERGY-FRIENDLY?
WHAT SIZE OF PEAPODMAT SHOULD I ORDER?
Great question! It will really depend on a few things. The size of the person using it, how much they move around and what surface they are protecting.
3x5 PeapodMat: older children, 3 yrs and up, to adult. Can be laid horizontal for bed size double or larger.
3x3 PeapodMat: up to ages 3 yrs of age or for an adult with limited mobility. Please keep in mind that these are just recommendations, if your child is large for their age at 3-4, you may need to go a size higher. **Not recommended for bed size double or larger.**
1.5 PeapodMat: Best for chairs, dining chairs, wheelchairs, OR as the perfect baby change mat or burping pad!
Whichever PeapodMat size you choose we highly recommend that the PeapodMat be placed slightly under the pillow. In our ‘Tips Video’ we show the best PeapodMat placement. Please visit our picture galleries (located in both the Kids and Adult tabs) for more clarification.
DO PEAPODMATS FIT A LARGER BED THAN SINGLE/TWIN?
Yes! Please see the following images:
CAN I WASH MY PEAPODMAT WITH REGULAR LAUNDRY?
Yes! Launder with like colors and treat your PeapodMat like a big towel in your regular wash. NOT recommended is the use of fabric softener, dryer sheets, dryer balls or bleach. These products are known to reduce the quality of waterproofing. Vinegar or Oxyclean may be use once in awhile if you need to deodorize your PeapodMat.
MY PEAPODMAT ISN’T COMPLETELY DRY FROM THE DRYER. CAN I THROW IT BACK IN OR SHOULD I JUST AIR DRY IT?
Throw it back in! PeapodMats are designed for easy use therefore you aren’t required to do any additional steps for washing and drying.
WHY IS MY PEAPODMAT STIFF OR ROUGH AFTER WASHING?
Too much detergent! Just like regular towels that stiffen over time, it is usually because too much detergent has been used and the terry cotton has built up a soapy residue. Remember we also don't recommend the use of fabric softener as that will also do the same thing! Wash your PeapodMat with a cup of vinegar and/or baking soda, with a thorough rinse. That should work to make the terry cotton soft and fluffy once again. If the mat has alot of residue you may have to do this a couple of times!
WHY DO MY PEAPODMATS HAVE BLOTCHY SPOTS AFTER WASHING?
UH OH! Unfortunately, unbeknownst to many of us there are numerous daily products we use that contain whitening/bleaching agents and therefore discoloration can be caused by several factors:
- Benzoyl peroxide could be the culprit. Many products that contain benzoyl peroxide can cause discoloration whether it is directly on the fabric itself, if it washed with other items that has its residue or even residue left behind in the washer that may have not been rinsed away. Examples of products containing benzoyl peroxide: as an acne treatment, skin brighteners, for improving flour, for bleaching hair and whitening teeth, for polymerising polyester just to name a few.
- Household cleaners: Clorox or other chlorine-based bleach can cause this issue. Some scouring powders can cause blotching. Products containing sodium hypochlorite/sodium hydroxide, and calcium hypochlorite, can also definitely do that kind of damage as well. It could also be some errant spray. But, even if you’re careful, washing any fabrics that may have a residue of such products with your laundry, could cause the problem.
- Even some popular detergents can alter fabrics. While claiming not to have bleach, they may contain sodium borate or sodium hydroxide which could also cause discoloration.
Luckily, this won't affect the leak proofing! Unfortunately, if this happens, PeapodMats will not be able to warranty your mat as these are circumstances beyond our control.
Below are examples of discoloration due to the above-mentioned factors:
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PLACE OUR PEAPODMAT ON THE BED?
Thanks for asking! We highly recommend that the PeapodMat be placed slightly under the pillow.
DO PEAPODMATS GRIP TO ALL BED SHEETS AND SURFACES?
PeapodMats grip very well to carpets and upholstered furniture. If the surface is smooth (laminate/wood flooring, tiles, leather sofa etc.), it will not grip but will remain waterproof.
ARE PEAPODMATS COST EFFECTIVE?ABSOLUTELY!
Single-use bed pads might seem cheap at first glance but they quickly add up to as much as $650 per year, when used every night. That's if you're only using 1 pad per night... While PeapodMats might seem more expensive, they are reusable and will save you money in the long run. A Medium PeapodMat will pay for itself in about 7 weeks and a Large one in 8 weeks!
SHOULD MY CHILD STILL WEAR HIS PULL UP IF HE’S USING A PEAPODMAT?
Not if you don’t want him to! However, we recommend that he wear both underwear and pj’s (vs one or the other). The male anatomy can be tricky and end up pointing in all directions in the middle of the night and it has been our experience that the waist band from both the underwear and pj’s ensures there isn’t a “spray” everywhere. Save your money on buying pull ups!
MY SON DEVELOPED A RASH USING A VINYL PAD, WILL THIS HAPPEN IF WE USE A PEAPODMAT?
Sorry to hear that! If that was because of lack of breathability you won’t have to worry with PeapodMats. We pride ourselves on the fact that PeapodMats are breathable while still being leak proof!
WE ARE DONE USING THE PEAPODMAT FOR POTTY TRAINING. ARE THERE OTHER USES FOR PEAPODMATS?
You bet! Many of our customers have shared with us how they use their PeapodMats ‘beyond the bed’. Please check out the Kids tab or read 'Choosing the Right Kids Pee Pad' for more information on using PeapodMats for toddlers & children (beyond potty training).
WILL YOU MAKE A MAT TO USE AS A TOP SHEET/BLANKET AS WELL?
Possibly! We are continually thinking of ways to be innovative with our products…while keeping in mind it has to be easy to use and easy to wash.
WOULD PEAPODMATS BE GOOD FOR POST-SURGERY?
Absolutely! We’ve had a number of customers purchase PeapodMats for this exact reason. In fact we have a whole list of additional uses that customers have shared with us. Please check out the Adults tab to find out more!
SHOULD I USE THE PEAPODMAT IN MY BABY'S CRIB FOR SLEEPING ON?
Yes & No! Do NOT use PeapodMats for UNATTENDED sleeping children between 0-9 months of age. If using a PeapodMat in a crib, when the child is 10 months or older, we recommend using it under the crib sheets. We do recommend using PeapodMats for babies for ‘nudey’ tummy time, changing mat, or bath mat (attended of course!).
Buy & Shipping
WHERE CAN I BUY PEAPODMATS?
Buy directly from our website, from our Amazon store or check out our store locator for a store near you!
WHERE ARE THE PEAPODMATS MADE?
They are made in Qingdao, China at a reputable manufacturer!
WHAT CURRENCY ARE YOUR PRODUCTS IN?
Our products should show up in the currency of whatever country you are browsing from. If not then there is an icon in the bottom left hand corner to change currencies. Checkout is defaulted in US dollars, HOWEVER Canadians may checkout in Canadian dollars by clicking on the currency tab (top right hand corner). For any other currency, your method of payment will reflect the currency in which your credit card/PayPal is registered.
WHAT IF I LIVE IN CANADA (or other country), WHAT CURRENCY WILL I BE CHARGED?
Default checkout is in US dollars, HOWEVER Canadian Customers have the option to check out in Canadian dollars by selecting Canadian currency. The currency tab can be found in the top right hand corner.
If a Canadian Customer checks out in US dollars, the charge will be converted to Canadian dollars, at the converted Canadian currency price with the following methods of payment:
Credit Card - you may use a Canadian credit card to pay amounts in US dollars. Your credit card company will convert the charges from US to Canadian currency at their current rate. **some credit cards companies may charge additional fees for this conversion**
PayPal - you may use your Canadian account to pay in US dollars. PayPal will convert the US amount to their Canadian currency rate for you when the transaction is charged to your account.
For example (calculations are approximate): if the US checkout price is $50 but the conversion price is $62 Canadian. $62 is what your credit card/PayPal will charge on your account (unless subject to additional fees and/or conversion rates).