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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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Looking After Your Waterbed Mattress

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If you have read our article explaining how long waterbed mattresses should be expected to last then you will also be aware that looking after your waterbed mattress correctly will increase its life expectancy.

Waterbed Conditioner

Waterbed Conditioner

Waterbed conditioner has two functions. It prevents the formation of bacteria in the water-bed mattress. Two different problems occur as a result of excessive bacteria. A bad smell from the water that penetrates through the vinyl, described by those unfortunate enough to experience this as a stale straw smell that gets in all the bedding. We have written an article on what to do if your waterbed starts to smell. The second problem is not so difficult to tackle, the formation of noisy air bubbles in the mattress. The bubbles are actually gasses produced by the bacteria. An eight ounce bottle of waterbed bubble stop, also known as bubble gone lasts up to a year. In my experience it works in about seventy percent of cases. If you are in the thirty percent of people that find it does not work you will need to empty the waterbed mattress and refill it. Put in a strong first fill conditioner to make sure.

Apart from killing bacteria the waterbed conditioner also forms a film on the inside surface of the vinyl which lubricates it and reduces the migration of plasticiser into the water from the PVC. The vinyl needs to be supple in order to flex with the movement of the water bed mattress. Over a period of time and depending on whether waterbed conditioner has been used, enough plasticiser can be lost into the water that the vinyl will become brittle. Just as bending a wire coat hanger back and forth several times, over a prolonged period of use the movement will cause the brittle vinyl to crack.
The crack will only appear to be one or two millimetres in length and will generally be at the end of a crease where there is the most movement. Read what to do if my waterbed mattress leaks?

So a 4oz bottle of waterbed conditioner must be added every six months because after that it will wash of the inside surface of the waterbed mattress vinyl, so buying a yearly conditioner is ill advised.

Waterbeds are the most hygienic sleeping surface. Not the nicest thing to discuss but the dust that accumulates inside a conventional mattress feeds dust mites. The dust that settles on the vinyl of a water mattress can be easily wiped off using vinyl cleaner. Waterbed vinyl cleaner will also help extend the life of the mattress because the dust is actually dead skin and contains an acid that is harmful to the vinyl.

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July 10th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Buying a New Waterbed

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If you are reading this article I assume you have been told of the many advantages of a waterbed.
The first thing you will need to decide is whether you would like a hard sided waterbed or a soft sided waterbed.

Hardside Waterbeds. When waterbeds became popular many years ago all waterbeds had a hard frame. As the name suggests there is a solid frame that contains the waterbed mattress. Customers that have owned waterbeds for many years will tell friends and relatives that their waterbed is the best bed in the world (myself included) They will also mention that one drawback is that the hard side can make it difficult to get in and out of the bed. Unlike a conventional mattress, if you sit on the water bed mattress near the edge, you will sink right down because all your weight is directly down. This in turn means that your knees are up in the air, so not really practical for sitting on the edge. You will soon develop a technique for sort of rolling out.  Our upholstered range of hardsided waterbed frames soften the hard edge. A small consideration is that the frame also adds to the overall dimension of the bed, so take that into account when calculating what size bed to buy. Fitting a waterbed mattress protector and fitted sheets  is also a bit of a chore in comparison to a softsided waterbed. Despite these disadvantages generally the frame is upholstered or built of solid pine which can have a very nice appearance. The full range can be seen by clicking the image.

A softsided waterbed on the other hand has the appearance of a conventional divan bed. This makes it very versatile, select the headboard that suits your decor, choose the colour and matching base.

Getting in and out is very easy because the top cover is zipped across the whole bed as opposed to just around the mattress.

Because the bed has the appearance of a conventional divan bed it will also take standard sized fitted sheets.

Early and cheap quality waterbeds have a fundamental design fault which means that over a short space of time the side foams will begin to bulge out as a result of the water pressure and anyone sitting on the edge. Our Olympia Deluxe is specifically designed to deal with this issue keeping its shape for years and years as opposed to months.

Support and comfort are equally the same regardless of whether you choose hard or softsides

Having decided which type of water bed will best suit your needs you can then choose the size of the bed you require.

You can choose the stability from a range of five waterbed mattresses and the more specialised option of dual waterbed mattresses. Watch our video for guidance and advice or visit our shop in Southsea.
Softside waterbeds are very versatile. Adding your choice of headboard will customise the appearance of your bed to suit your decor. We have a great range of headboards to choose from.
A drawer unit will provide valuable storage in the base. You may decide to add a spare washable cover and sheets but your waterbed will be supplied with everything you need including the water bed mattress, safety liner, waterbed heater, mattress protector and waterbed conditioner.
All that remains to decide is whether you want one of our technicians to deliver and install the bed for you or if you wish to install the waterbed yourself. We have easy to follow installation guides to help. If you would like to discuss your requirements simply call or email and we will be pleased to help.

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June 19th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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