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Would I benefit from dual waterbed mattresses or is one individual (mono) water mattress perfect for me?

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Would I benefit from dual waterbed mattresses or is one individual (mono) water mattress perfect for me?

First let’s talk about the principal of a waterbed and the reason that it gives unparalleled comfort.

Dual waterbed mattresses

waterbed mattress

From the simple diagram it is obvious that the displacement of water away from pressure points will result in upward pressure from the mattress being evenly distributed over a much greater area. Consequently this will give far greater comfort than any other sleeping surface.

Adjustment

The beauty of a waterbed is that it can easily be adjusted to give the maximum benefit.

For an individual it is very easy to adjust the support. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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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