In terms of maintenance, waterbeds usually require very little effort.
Water filling / water change
Water is the essential component of the water bed and a decisive element for the special floating sleep that these bed systems offer. It is well known, however, that water is a perishable substance that can “tip over” under certain circumstances. That is why questions such as “When does the water tip over in the water bed?” Or “When should you change the water in the water bed?” Are quite understandable. With regard to the need to change the water, we recommend reading the section on the development of odors in the waterbed.
Basically, it can be said that, with proper care, it is not necessary to change the water in the water bed. Usually it is sufficient to add a conditioner to the water once a year (see: Water care in bed ).
Ordinary tap water is used to fill the water bed. This can be led from a water connection in the kitchen or bathroom to the water bed with a normal garden hose. In order to get the water into the water bed as germ-free as possible, the hose and connections (water tap and filler neck on the water mattress) should be disinfected in advance.
From time to time water has to be topped up, which is related to the fact that about 10% of the water in the water mattress evaporates or evaporates in the course of a year. For this reason, you should check at regular intervals whether you still feel optimally bedded and then top up with water, if necessary, in order to maximize the lying comfort again.
Water care in bed
So that the water in the mattress of the bed remains “fresh”, germ-free and free of algae, a so-called water bed conditioner or water bed conditioner should be poured into the mattress once a year. A general answer to the question “How much conditioner has to be in a water bed?” Is not possible, as there are a large number of different preparations with different dosage recommendations on the market and the size of the water bed or the amount of water to be cared for must also be taken into account.
The waterbed conditioner not only has a positive effect on the waterbed quality, but also cares for the vinyl of the mattress from the inside and helps to maintain flexibility (prevents verspredu).
If you have put the conditioner into the water mattress according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it is important to set the water in the mattress in (wave) motion so that the active ingredients of the conditioner are distributed as evenly as possible. If you fail to do this, it can happen that “germ nests” form, especially in the corners of the mattress, which then have a negative effect on the water quality.
Water mattress care
It is advisable to treat the surface of the water mattress regularly (about once a quarter is sufficient) with a special vinyl cleaner to remove dirt and keep the material supple. By using the bed or sweating at night, body salts can get through the top plate to the vinyl surface of the water mattress. These resemble fine sand and form a coating, which has a similar effect to fine sandpaper and puts a lot of stress on the film (abrasion, wear). In order to prevent the body salts from depositing on the water mattress, the water bed can be equipped with a so-called capliner / topliner.
Cover / top plate
The cover of the water mattress or the top plate of the water bed can be easily removed from the bed or the mattress. When choosing the top plate, it should be ensured that it can be washed or dry-cleaned. In the case of double beds in particular, the cover on the water mattress is often so large that it cannot simply be “put” into a normal household washing machine. Even if the cover would fit into the machine, it would be far too heavy for the machine when fully soaked and could cause damage. If you want to wash your cover in the machine yourself, you should pay attention to divisible covers when buying, which are designed for washing in regular washing machines.
Basically, you should remove the cover at least every three months and wash it at a washing temperature of 60 ° C, so that a deep cleaning is achieved.
If the cover of the waterbed is washed at home, you can consider ordering a second top sheet immediately when you buy the waterbed. In this way, it can be changed every three months and you always have your waterbed hygienically clean and ready for use. Alternatively, if you only have one top plate, it is advisable to put it in the washing machine early in the morning and then spin it properly. Then you can put the cover back on and use the waterbed heater for further drying. On the large, warm surface of the water mattress, the remaining moisture in the top plate usually evaporates quickly, so that the bed is dry in the evening and can be used again. Many top plates are also suitable for drying in the tumble dryer,
Incidentally, waterbed covers are usually much less contaminated by sweat than regular mattress covers. However, this only applies if the water temperature is optimally adjusted to the user and excessive sweating is effectively prevented.