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Children’s Waterbeds

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Anyone that has a modern waterbed will agree that there is no better sleeping surface. Working in our shop in Portsmouth, Hampshire we regularly have adults buy themselves a waterbed to solve back problems and then give their old mattress that caused the problem to their children. Back problems can be caused during a child’s development so buying a cheap or second hand mattress because they are only young is inexcusable.

Children of any age and adults sleep better on a waterbed.

Child backache is not uncommon. Unless it was caused by an accident it will generally be caused by a poor mattress that is not giving the support needed. If this is not addressed it can lead to greater problems in later life.

This article was prompted by a conversation with customers that have a waterbed and asked what was a good age to buy their son Austin a waterbed? We came to the conclusion that although from the age of six months was fine it would be more sensible to wait until he is a toddler of 1 ½ – 2 years of age when he has more control over his movement.

 

It is a common myth that children’s waterbeds are too expensive. This may have been the case years ago but ‘High & Dry Waterbeds’ have prices that will make you think again.
Without trying to make you feel guilty, if you can’t find £499 for your lovely little ones then you should consider putting them up for adoption for their sake.But seriously!!
£499 is obviously a start price for a basic softsided waterbed. For a small additional extra you can tailor the bed to your requirements.

Our ‘Build-A-Bed’ feature will guide you through the options available with helpful information and advice.

If you decide to keep the price down to a minimum without upgrading you will still have the same comfort and support because it is fundamentally the amount of water that that gives the support and comfort. This is adjustable to suit the individual by simply adding or removing a small amount of water.

Optional extras or upgrades are;

  • The upgrade from our ‘Olympia’ to a the ‘Olympia Deluxe’ range.
  • The addition of storage drawers.
  • The addition of a nice headboard.
  • The upgrade from a free flow mattress to a more stable water mattress.
  • The upgrade in quality from our standard waterbed mattress to our deluxe range.
  • Delivery for easy self-assembly as opposed to collecting from our workshops in Chichester.

All of these options can be found by clicking here.

Although not a nice topic it is one that needs to be mentioned. Whilst I was working in America back in the 80’s it was decided that although there was no proven relationship between (SIDS) ‘sudden infant death syndrome’ and waterbeds it would be very bad for the waterbed industry if there was an incident that would be pounced on by the media. Six months of age is the age that becomes hardly a risk. Between one and four months is the highest and 90% of cases happen in babies under six months. After a baby’s first birthday it is no longer a risk.

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August 7th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Which quality of soft sided waterbed should I buy?

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A softsided waterbed buyers guide – price or quality?

High & Dry Waterbeds are manufacturers of the highest quality waterbeds since 1989 we have had to offer a choice of price and quality to our various trade customers throughout the world. Since the evolution of the internet low price has become the demand of most online retailers. Both qualities are now available direct to the public at our low factory prices.

The Olympia softsided waterbed

Olympia Foam Side View

Olympia Foam Side View

 

The Olympia is a well-made softsided waterbed with the same features as most soft sided waterbeds available. We have made some improvements such as the anchoring strip with a double line of fixing screws and much higher quality materials used throughout than other manufacturers use. The fundamental problem is that a piece of foam 9” (23cm) does not have the internal strength and will begin to bow out with the pressure of the water and crumple from the pressure of sitting on the edge. This is a common issue with all waterbeds of this basic design. As the foam begins to lose its shape the mattress will stretch to fill the bigger size. This will create a tension on the surface which will reduce the comfort and support.

 

 

 

The Olympia Deluxe

 The Olympia Deluxe is a significantly superior quality for only an additional £100 Read the rest of this entry »

What If a Waterbed Mattress Starts to Smell

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What if a waterbed mattress starts to smell?

Although very rare over the years we have had a number of instances where customers have reported a bad smell coming from the waterbed mattress. This is not to be confused with the smell of new vinyl at the time that new water bed mattresses are first installed. This particular vinyl smell can be quite strong at first but fades over a few days but some people are obviously more sensitive to smells and report that it lingered for several weeks before disappearing completely.

The smell we are talking about develops some time after the water-bed mattress is filled and is described by those suffering as a stale straw smell that gets into all the bedding and is very unpleasant.

What causes a waterbed mattress to smell? Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Removing Air From a Waterbed Mattress

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Removing air from a waterbed mattress.
It is important to remove any noisy air pockets or bubbles from your waterbed mattress.
Firstly the air pockets make an irritating sploshing noise when you turn over in bed.
Secondly the air creates a tension in the vinyl which reduces the comfort.
And thirdly the air gap is a breeding ground for bacteria, moist, dark and warm.
We have created a video to show you the easiest way to remove the air from your waterbed mattress, although it is not a Hollywood production it is informative.

It is worth knowing that it is not actually air, but gas generated from a bacteria in the water. We supply an 8oz bottle of bubble stop often referred to as bubble gone. This should neutralise the bacteria and prevent the formation of the gas for approximately one year. Our own experience over many years is that this is successful in most cases. If you are one of the very few that find the bubble stop does not work. The alternative is to empty the water mattress and refill it.

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July 19th, 2012 at 11:57 am

Repairing a Waterbed Mattress

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How Do I Repair A Waterbed Mattress?

There are three reasons why a waterbed mattress would leak.

1             A manufacturing defect

2             Accidental damage

3             Your mattress has reached the end of its life

waterbed leak

The first thing to do is not panic. (Generally it looks far worse than it is because the water cannot go under the mattress due to the weight of the mattress, so the water squeezes up in the corners and then it will travel around the edges unless you catch it in time.)

Check the safety liner is above the water level so water cannot come out of the waterbed.

Unplug the waterbed heater.

Obtain a waterbed repair kit.

 

How to locate the leak in a waterbed mattress. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Refilling a Waterbed Mattress

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Filling A Waterbed Mattress.

Most waterbed retailers will offer an installation service but if you are confident that you could manage this yourself we have written this guide to help. If you can contribute to the advice please feel free to add your comment at the end.

Preparation will save you wasting a lot of time and make sure you get maximum comfort.

Before filling a waterbed you must ensure the heat pad of the waterbed heater is correctly positioned. Check the safety liner has no creases in the bottom and especially over the heat pad. Check the corners fit to the corners of either the hardside waterbed frame or the inside foam corners of a softside waterbed.

Lay the mattress inside the waterbed surround. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19th, 2012 at 11:29 am

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Emptying a Waterbed

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Emptying a waterbed mattress.
So you are moving house, rearranging your bedroom or replacing your old waterbed mattress. Your nearest waterbed retailer should be able to provide a service to suit your circumstances. If this is not possible or they are too expensive you should hire a dedicated extraction pump from your nearest waterbed shop and empty the mattress yourself. If you cannot find a suitable pump then you will need to resort to siphoning the water bed mattress using a garden hose. We strongly advise against siphoning the mattress but if this is a last resort we have written this article based on years of experience to help you as best we can. Please be aware that this article is only for advice if you choose to follow it and things go wrong we cannot be held responsible. In order to fully empty your waterbed mattress you must follow these instructions meticulously.
Step 1
Unplug the waterbed heater. And remove as much air from the mattress as possible. Before you begin you will need a long hose and a roll of electrical insulating tape.

To empty the waterbed mattress

To empty the waterbed mattress

Step 2

Nearly all modern waterbed mattresses contain layers of fibre to reduce the movement, this fibre will prevent you from siphoning the water successfully. You will need to push the fibre away from the valve. This is done by putting your fists either side of the valve and pushing towards the head end of the waterbed. Repeat this process several times until you have created a well around the valve with no fibre.

Moving the waterbed mattress fiber

Moving the waterbed mattress fiber

 

shifting the waterbed fiber

shifting the waterbed fiber

 

shifting the water bed fiber

shifting the water bed fiber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shifting waterbed fiber

shifting waterbed fiber

 

Holding the water mattress fiber

Holding the water mattress fiber

 

Holding the waterbed fiber

Holding the waterbed fiber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Inspect through the valve that the fiber has moved away, the two images are a before and after. If the fiber has not gone you should try again more forcefully.

Waterbed Mattress valve

Waterbed Mattress valve

Waterbed mattress valve with no fiber

Waterbed mattress valve with no fiber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Push the hose into the mattress through the valve and guide it under the layers of fiber which are now bunched up forming a well around the valve. The hose only needs to be just a little way under the fiber.

Insert hose into waterbed mattress valve

Insert hose into waterbed mattress valve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4
Using a waterproof tape (insulating tape is best) approximately 2 inches from the valve, wrap the tape around and around the hose until you have built up the outside diameter to be a tight fit into the waterbed valve. Then twist the hose the last few inches into the valve, this should form an airtight seal which is essential.

  • If air can get back in as the mattress empties then the siphon will stop.
Sealing the waterbed valve

Sealing the waterbed valve

 

Air tight seal

Air tight seal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5
Connect the other end of the hose to a water supply and start filling the water bed mattress. Once the water is going into the mattress there is obviously no more air in the hose this is the equivalent of having sucked on the other end of the hose to start the siphon. (getting a mouthful of eight year old waterbed water isn’t advisable) Disconnect the hose from the water supply and drop it down below the height of the bed, down the stairs is preferable.

If you have followed the information correctly, the water will begin siphoning and will continue to pull all the water out having created a vacuum. Although the mattress will still be heavy it should be manageable.

siphoning a waterbed mattress

siphoning a waterbed mattress

siphon a waterbed mattress

siphon a waterbed mattress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When there is no more water coming out remove the hose quickly and replace it with the plug and screw on cap. There will still be a lot of water contained in the fibre. If you lift the head end of the mattress without gripping the fibre inside there is a chance that the fibre layers will slide into a bunch. This will ruin the mattress. Fold the mattress taking care that the fibre layers cannot shift. You should now be able to lift the mattress out of the frame.
If you intend to store the mattress for more than one month, two bottles of 4oz waterbed conditioner should be added at this time. We do not have detailed information on how to do this at this time so you may find it easier to call us on our free phone number for advice.

Through our retail shop in Southsea, Portsmouth we rent a pump for £25. We have to charge this amount as we frequently have to replace the pumps and hoses. Siphoning a 5’ x 6’6” softside waterbed will take around 2 – 4 hours depending on the fall of the hose, whereas the waterbed pump will take approximately 30 minutes and completely vacuum the water bed mattress so it is very easy to transport and store.

As I stated this is a guide to help you but you must also be able to use common sense. If things go wrong, don’t try to sue me as I was just trying to help and I have no money. If you are a bit of a Mr Bean and are likely to create more of a problem, call us as we offer a full range of services nationwide.

Buying a Replacement Waterbed Mattress

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Choosing your waterbed mattress

This article has been written to guide customers through the process of choosing a new waterbed mattress.

You are either buying a new waterbed and need a little advice on which quality and stability to go for. Or you already have a waterbed and are buying a replacement waterbed mattress. The following information applies to both.

The first thing to decide is whether you have or will have a hardside waterbed or softside waterbed. A brief description of the difference can be found on our ‘waterbeds page’ but the mattresses are a different size so it is important to decide which one you require.

Secondly choose the size. Options appear on our water bed mattress page. Some additional special sizes can be supplied if needed at an additional charge.

Thirdly is the water mattress stability. Layers of fiber inside the waterbed mattresses absorb the water and so dampen the movement. More fiber means less movement. I could spend hours trying to describe five options of the range of movement. Instead you would be better to watch our short but informative video as a picture tells a thousand words and a video, several thousand!

 
Your fourth choice and possibly the most important is whether you choose twin waterbed mattresses? Read the rest of this entry »

Waterbed Headboard Options

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Buying a headboard for a waterbed is not essential but can transform a simple looking bed into a fabulous piece of furniture.

Sitting in a Waterbed is surprisingly comfortable because of the way the water is displaced around you.
Breakfast in a Waterbed is scientifically proven to taste better (I may have made that up) but it has two be more practical and comfortable to lean back against a nicely padded headboard than a pile of pillows that keep moving wedged against a cold wall.

Our Olympia Deluxe is the highest quality waterbed on the market and to do it justice our headboards are also made to the highest standard by qualified craftsmen in our own factory as opposed to mass produced budget headboards. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 10th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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How Long Should a Waterbed Mattress Last?

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How long should a waterbed mattress last?

•Three things affect the life expectancy of the mattress.

•The design and manufacture of the water bed mattress.

•How well you look after your water-bed.

If a retailer tells you waterbed mattresses will last ten years or more don’t trust him. The truth is no one knows. My best estimate is based on twenty seven years experience. Having starting to sell and install water beds in California in 1985, the sales guys would tell customers that a water-bed mattress would last between ten and fifteen years, this was a realistic expectation.
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