Monday, June 30, 2008
Waterbed Mattress Guide
There are 3 types of waterbeds. Hardside waterbeds, Softside waterbeds and Softside tube waterbeds. Hardside Waterbeds are the original type, the waterbed mattress sits directly in a strong wooden surround that provides side support. The whole thing rests on a square base, between the mattress and the frame there is a safety lining that can catch any water in the event of a leak. The more modern style waterbed are called Softside Waterbeds. With this type, the waterbed mattress or Waterbed Tubes system is supported at the side by a foam edging and zippered mattress cover. The support from this foam edge ensures that a Soft-side waterbed can stand alone or can be fitted into an existing bedframe. They are available in varing depths, cover qualities and with or without waterbed heaters. There are different types of Waterbed Mattress, the first waterbeds were made of a smooth PVC film that contained only water. These mattresses are called unstabilised or free-flow mattresses. Various methods are used nowadays to dampen the after movement of the watermattress. The use of cylinders, compartments or fibre mats allow watermattresses of different stability grades to be made. Which stability grade to use is a matter of personal choice. It is important to make sure that the level of stability does not affect the pure sense of sleeping on water.Most waterbed manufacturers guarantee 5 years but the actual life is much longer and heavily depends on how well the sleeping system is looked after. The life of a waterbed mattress depends, of course, on the type of vinyl used and the quality of the seams. Furthermore, the foam edges are subject to wear and tear. So, it is best to choose a system in which the edges can later be replaced separately if need be. Because the vinyl of a watermattress ages (even if it is not used), it is important to choose a waterbed that is only made after you’ve placed your order and has not been lying in storage for years. Finally, the important factor is that the support element in a watermattress is the water itself. Water does not wear and tear. So, the comfort and the supporting properties of a watermattress do not change over the years, in contrast to the properties of a traditional mattress. All waterbed mattresses will make noise after filling but once all the air has been removed from the watermattress, a waterbed makes no more noise. The very stable construction of a waterbed and the fact that the weight of water keeps it firmly in its place means that there is no more of that irritating creaking traditional bed constructions can produce. All waterbeds can leak but the likelihood of this is very small, particularly with superior brand products. Current production methods, after all, guarantee robust seams and most waterbeds have reinforced corners. All waterbeds are fitted with Waterbed liners to ensures that in the event of a leak, no water can run out of your bed. The water in a watermattress only needs to be changed if you move it. A conditioner is added at regular intervals to prevent growth of algae and bacteria in your watermattress. Every waterbed has its ideal volume of water, determined by the height of the mattress, the shape of the mattress and the weight of the users. How firm a mattress feels depends more on the stabilisation system used and any extra pelvic support there is in the watermattress. Most makes offer various grades of stabilisation and you can choose the one that suits you best.