Waterbed Mattress FAQ
If you are thinking of buying a waterbed, you most likely have a few questions.
In this article, we will endeavor to explain more about what a waterbed mattress is, and the most common questions related to them.
Is a waterbed mattress better than a regular mattress?
We may be biased, but we certainly believe so!
A regular mattress can put up to 80 pounds of pressure per square inch on a person. A waterbed will put less burden on the pressure points of your body, and this is great news for anyone who suffers from arthritis or back problems. Hospitals use them for preventing bed sores, and also for burn victims.
Besides body ailments and the like, a waterbed is simply a more enjoyable way to sleep for many.
What types of waterbed mattresses are there?
Firstly, there are two types of waterbeds.
There are hardside waterbeds and softside waterbed.
The softside mattress looks like an ordinary mattress with a box spring, and comes in a variety of styles including waveless and semi-motion, and is newer to the scene than the hardside, and better explained at types of waterbed mattresses.
The hardside mattress is basically a bladder made of vinyl used in conjunction with a wooden frame.
Does the water in a waterbed mattress need to be changed?
No, unless you plan to move it. However, you should keep the water clean with an occasional use of a specialized conditioner. This inexpensive conditioner, essentially a biocide, will protect against mold, fungi, impurities and bacteria, and keep the water from going stagnant. It also preserves the plasticizers in the vinyl, keeping it supple, so it won't crack or become brittle. Your waterbed mattress will last much longer, because conditioner guards against the weakening of the structure of the bladder.
Bacteria also causes the mattress to expand a bit, because of the gas that is created, so it's important to use a conditioner.
Without a conditioner, your bed may also start to give off an unpleasant smell or odor because of the reasons listed above....another good reason to use a conditioner.
You should add a conditioner as you are filling the mattress with water, and every 6 months or so after that.
Here is a video that explains how to add the conditioner to a waterbed.
How do I repair a waterbed mattress leak?
It's actually easier than it sounds.
You don't need to drain your waterbed in order to repair a leak.
You will need a waterbed repair patch kit.
Cut the patch to size and then apply the adhesive, and then place on the area where the leak is occurring.
Make sure the affected area is dry, cut a patch to the desired size (make sure you are covering an excess area around the hole that is leaking) and then administer the adhesive. A good tip is to then move the patch in a circular motion around the hole, in order to distribute the glue evenly. Place the patch in the center surrounding the hole and allow ample time to dry.
Here is a video that explains how to repair a waterbed leak.
What is "burping" a waterbed mattress?
Burping is the term used in removing air bubbles and pockets.
Do I have to clean my waterbed mattress?
Using the same waterbed conditioner for the inside of your mattress will also work on the outside. It will protect and condition the waterbed mattress, and protect it for years to come.
How many gallons of water in a waterbed mattress?
King Size - approx. 235 gallons of water
Queen Size - approx. 196 gallons of water
How long does it take to drain a waterbed?
Happily, draining a waterbed is much quicker than filling it. Without a pump it can take a couple of hours to drain a waterbed. It depends on the size of the drainage hose and the angle, and the size of the bed.
Will I ever have to add water?
Most likely, yes. Because water is made up of oxygen (and hydrogen - H2O) you will occasionally lose water, but not much.
Having a waterbed in your home is a fun and relaxing way to sleep. Taking care of your waterbed mattress is easy and in no way should hinder your choice in deciding which bed to buy.
Have any questions about waterbed mattresses? Give us a call at 1-800-630-5889.