Frequently Asked Questions about Waterbed Part V

What temperature in the water bed?

Conventional bed systems with springs and mattresses as well as duvets and pillows are able to absorb, store and release heat. This heat is mostly generated by our body itself. However, our body cannot bring a water bed or the water it contains to a temperature that is comfortable for us, so that additional heating is required (see: Water bed heating ).

The water bed is heated with the help of a heater in such a way that no heat is withdrawn from the body and one does not have to freeze in bed. There is no general answer to questions such as “How many degrees does a water bed have to have?”, “How high should the temperature in the water bed be?” Or “What is the optimal temperature for a water bed?” Subjective factors also play a role here, whereby the temperature of the skin surface can be used as a guideline. Depending on the skin type, this varies between 28 ° C and 31.5 ° C.

When the temperature in the water bed is perfectly matched to the temperature of the skin surface, the bed becomes a neutral zone. In this environment, the body can easily maintain its temperature without the need for a heat or energy balance between it and the bed.

In the case of waterbeds with a dual system – i.e. with two water mattresses – there are also two heating systems so that the temperature of each side of the bed can be individually adjusted.

Incidentally, if you sweat in the waterbed, this does not necessarily mean that the temperature is set too high. It can also be the case that a temperature that is too low in relation to the temperature of one’s own skin surface is the cause of increased sweating. If the temperature of the water bed is too low, this means that heat is withdrawn from the body. The body does not “like” this heat extraction because it strives to maintain its temperature. Because of this, the body begins to produce heat, and to a great extent, which in turn leads to sweating. In this case, if you wrongly assume that the bed is set too warm and lower the heating temperature further, this will only result in more sweating and discomfort.

If it is very hot in summer, the heating of the water bed can also be turned off. This helps to reduce maintenance costs and can help you get through the night better and rested during this time.

How do you dismantle a water bed?

Before starting to dismantle the waterbed, for example to prepare it for a move or a move inside the apartment, you should first disconnect the heating from the mains. Then, if you have not already done so, take the bedding off the bed and remove the top plate.

Now the all-important question is “How do I get the water out of the waterbed?” The answer is not that difficult. All you need is a hose and ideally a vacuum pump (can also be rented cheaply from most waterbed dealers). Before the hose is inserted into the water mattress, it should be disinfected inside and outside so that the mattress is not unnecessarily contaminated with germs.

After disinfection, the hose should be pushed into the water mattress over a length of about 40 cm to 50 cm. Then you can pump the water out of the water core with the help of the vacuum pump (the other end of the hose is best placed in the sink, shower or bathtub for easy drainage). If there is no vacuum pump at hand, the water can also be sucked in with the mouth through the hose.

You should make absolutely sure that both the end of the hose, where the water drains off, and the hose in the water mattress are securely fixed so that there is no “flooding”.

The advantage of using a vacuum pump to dismantle the water bed is that it not only draws in the water but also the air. This contributes to the fact that the fleeces or calming elements cannot move inside the water mattress.

When the water is completely drained from the mattress, you can start rolling up the water mattress. The best way to do this is to roll up the mattress from the head end to the foot end. It is important to proceed conscientiously here so that the calming elements in the mattress do not shift when it is rolled up.

When you have finally rolled up the water mattress, it is advisable to wrap it in one or more blankets for protection. For safe transport, it is good to have a box in a suitable format ready.

After the water mattress has been emptied, rolled up and securely packed, you can proceed to dismantle the remaining components of the water bed. It continues first with the safety tub or safety film. If necessary, these should be cleaned again and then neatly folded. If there is still space in the box with the water mattress, the safety film is in good hands there.

Then you can remove the heater or the heaters and pack them up. The foam elements of the frame can now be removed from a softside waterbed. Then the base plate has to be removed before the weight distributor is finally removed from the base and, if necessary, the base of the waterbed is disassembled.

If you have a waterbed integrated into a conventional bed frame, the bed frame must of course also be dismantled accordingly. In most cases, this can be done before the actual water bed is dismantled.

If you want to be on the safe side, the waterbed can also be dismantled by a professional. Many providers of waterbeds also offer this as a service independent of moving.

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