The Facts about Waterbeds


What are the advantages of a waterbed?

There are 5 main benefits of sleeping on a waterbed:
• Total back and body support
• Minimal surface pressure for comfort and relief
• A genuinely hygienic mattress
• A constant, controlled ‘optimum’ sleeping temperature
• Strength and durability


Is a waterbed good for bad backs?
Yes. A waterbed provides the best possible support for anyone with a bad back, arthritis or general aches and pains. The displacement of water conforms to body shape and weight, without the pressure points associated with a firm mattress, or the sagging of a soft mattress.


Are they recommended for pregnant women?
Waterbeds are very beneficial during pregnancy, offering a relaxed, stress-free sleeping environment and optimum comfort and support.


What type of waterbed mattresses are there?
Mattresses vary, with different depths and degrees of stability. From the better-known ‘free-flow’, which has the most amount of movement, through to fully stabilised (up to 99% stability). With larger beds, a dual or twin mattress offers independent control on either side, ideal for partners wanting a different stability.


Can mattress stability be altered?
Once a mattress stability has been chosen, it cannot be altered. However, adding or removing water generally adjusts the softness and firmness.


Will the mattress sag?
No. A waterbed never sags. It won’t need turning, and you won’t need to put a board underneath.


Could a waterbed make you feel seasick?
Not at all – that’s a commonly held myth. A fully stabilised bed will not move of its own accord – and any sudden movements made on it will have hardly any noticeable effect. The sensation of sleeping on a waterbed is very soothing, and conducive to good sleep.


How likely is the waterbed to burst?
Not likely at all! Being free from internal pressure, even if you opened the fill valve and sat on the mattress, no water would spill out. There is never any need to worry about a flood.


What about puncturing, eg from pet claws?
Water mattresses are made of very durable vinyl – it would take a lot of effort from a very sharp instrument to puncture it. And even if it did, the safety liner within the frame would contain any spillage.


Can you repair a leak in a waterbed?
Leaks are extremely rare. The technology of modern waterbed production is such that seams are very strong. The safety liner is an added precaution. And if a repair is needed, it can be quickly and permanently sealed with a special patch (provided).


Why is a waterbed heated and is it safe?
The natural, constant warmth of a waterbed provides the most comfortable sleeping environment you can get. Waterbed heaters are thermostatically controlled, using a low wattage heater placed underneath the mattress. They are double-insulated and totally safe.


Is a waterbed easy to keep clean?
A waterbed offers the most easily cleaned, hygienic type of sleep surface there is. The outer covers can be removed and are totally washable. The mattress itself can be wiped clean to eliminate any build-up of dust or debris etc from the surface.


Is much maintenance required?
After installation the only maintenance needed is the addition of a water conditioner every six months to maintain the suppleness of the vinyl and prevent algae growth. Regular wiping of the surface with an approved vinyl cleaner is also recommended.


When will the water need changing?
Only if the bed needs to be moved. (Once drained, waterbeds are even easier to move than conventional beds.)


Does the floor need reinforcing?
No. Waterbeds can be safely accommodated in any house or flat. Because the mattress sits on a pedestal, the weight is distributed evenly – in fact they exert less than 10% contact pressure of a traditional bed sitting on legs or casters.


Can you put a waterbed mattress into the existing frame?
There are some exceptions, but a soft-side water mattress can be fitted into most bed frames.


How long does a waterbed last?
Waterbeds are extremely durable. If well maintained, they can last a lifetime.