most frequently asked questions...
What are the advantages of waterbeds?
Waterbeds offer five important benefits - total body and back support,
minimal surface pressure for greater comfort, a genuinely hygienic
surface, a controllable sleeping temperature and remarkable durability.
These qualities are essential for a superior sleeping environment.
Are there different types of mattresses?
Yes. They can have different depths and variable degrees of stability.
There are approximately 5 variations of stability - from free flow,
with lots of movement, through to fully stabilised with no motion.
In larger sizes, a dual (twin) mattress system is available which
allows individual stability and/or temperature within each mattress.
Do waterbeds burst?
Never. A waterbed is a pressure-less system. If you sit on the mattress
and open the filler cap - no water will come out. A waterbed is
not like an air mattress which is under constant pressure. Even
in the unlikely event that the mattress is punctured, the water
would only slowly be absorbed into the surrounding safety liner
Will the bed leak?
The chances are very remote. The technology producing today's waterbeds
is sophisticated. The seam welds are very strong. All mattresses
are surrounded by a safety liner as a precaution so that any spillage
would automatically be held by this liner and not fall on the floor.
If a repair is needed it only takes a few minutes to apply.
How easy is it to puncture the bed?
Any really sharp object can be used to puncture the water mattress
but it is not as easy as you might imagine. Unless you wilfully
set out to damage your waterbed you are not likely to puncture it.
How would I repair a puncture?
all but the most severe punctures, the easy way is to use a vinyl
repair kit (which we supply with every new waterbed). Once in place
it will restore the mattress to its full lifetime use with no detrimental
effect. In many cases a simple repair can be completed without having
to empty the bed.
Are waterbeds good for my back?
A waterbed provides the best support your back can get. When you
lie on a flotation mattress the water displaces to contour to your
I'm heavier than my partner, will we both
Yes. A waterbed supports you equally. If you are particularly heavy
you will find a waterbed very comfortable. If there is a great difference
between partners, then a dual system could be the solution.
How long do waterbeds last?
Most manufacturers say ten to fifteen years as an average use expectancy
and that the maximum life will depend upon how you care for your
What happens in a power cut?
With the power disconnected a waterbed will gradually begin to cool.
Because the bed is usually well insulated by bedding etc. it will
be quite some time before you notice the change. Since you will
rarely experience a power cut for more than a few hours, the chances
of it becoming a problem are remote.
How often do you have to change the water?
Only when you need to move the bed. A water conditioner is added
periodically to prevent the growth of algae or bacteria. With regular
care the same mattress of water will go on supporting you for years.
How can I clean the water mattress?
Waterbeds are very hygienic. Unlike a conventional bed, a waterbed
will not accumulate dust or skin particles inside its mattress and
almost all waterbeds have a removable, washable cover which, when
laundered, virtually eliminates dust mites. It is a good idea to
protect the vinyl mattress with regular cleaning. Most manufacturers
offer a vinyl cleaner which helps to maintain the quality of the
mattress. (Note: do not use strong detergents, which may harm the
vinyl.) Best of all, the plinth of a waterbed makes continuous contact
with the floor so you will never have to vacuum under the bed again!
Are waterbeds easy to move?
Yes. In fact once drained the components of a waterbed are far easier
to move than conventional beds and even king sized waterbeds can
be carried into rooms that have limited access, narrow staircases
etc. Should you not wish to move it yourself, we will be happy to
move it for you.
Are waterbeds noisy?
No. When the water mattress is first filled there will be air with
the water in the vinyl mattress. As soon as the air is vented from
the filler valve the waterbed is noiseless.
Are waterbeds available with drawer units?
Yes. They are offered as an option. Most manufacturers provide a
two or four drawer arrangement. The constant temperature of a waterbed
means the drawers have the advantage of being used as mini-airing
cupboards for storing night clothes, bedding etc.
Will the waterbed sag?
No. Manufacturers recommend that you use your waterbed as much as
you would any other bed, secure in the knowledge that (unlike conventional
springs) it will not sag or distort. Even a decade later your waterbed
remains as comfortable and supportive as the first night you sleep
How long does it take to get used to it?
Usually just a couple of nights. Once you are used to it however,
you will never want to return to an ordinary bed. Every single person
with a waterbed tells us this!
Can I sleep on a waterbed while pregnant?
Flotation support systems can offer increased comfort to women during
pregnancy by enabling them to lie in a stomach-down position, thereby
alleviating much of the pressure that the heavy uterus exerts. Many
women these days are even opting for giving birth in water to reduce
the pain of giving birth.