Emptying a waterbed mattress.
So you are moving house, rearranging your bedroom or replacing your old waterbed mattress. Your nearest waterbed retailer should be able to provide a service to suit your circumstances. If this is not possible or they are too expensive you should hire a dedicated extraction pump from your nearest waterbed shop and empty the mattress yourself. If you cannot find a suitable pump then you will need to resort to siphoning the water bed mattress using a garden hose. We strongly advise against siphoning the mattress but if this is a last resort we have written this article based on years of experience to help you as best we can. Please be aware that this article is only for advice if you choose to follow it and things go wrong we cannot be held responsible. In order to fully empty your waterbed mattress you must follow these instructions meticulously.
Unplug the waterbed heater. And remove as much air from the mattress as possible. Before you begin you will need a long hose and a roll of electrical insulating tape.
To empty the waterbed mattress
Nearly all modern waterbed mattresses contain layers of fibre to reduce the movement, this fibre will prevent you from siphoning the water successfully. You will need to push the fibre away from the valve. This is done by putting your fists either side of the valve and pushing towards the head end of the waterbed. Repeat this process several times until you have created a well around the valve with no fibre.
Moving the waterbed mattress fiber
shifting the waterbed fiber
shifting the water bed fiber
shifting waterbed fiber
Holding the water mattress fiber
Holding the waterbed fiber
Inspect through the valve that the fiber has moved away, the two images are a before and after. If the fiber has not gone you should try again more forcefully.
Waterbed Mattress valve
Waterbed mattress valve with no fiber
Push the hose into the mattress through the valve and guide it under the layers of fiber which are now bunched up forming a well around the valve. The hose only needs to be just a little way under the fiber.
Insert hose into waterbed mattress valve
Using a waterproof tape (insulating tape is best) approximately 2 inches from the valve, wrap the tape around and around the hose until you have built up the outside diameter to be a tight fit into the waterbed valve. Then twist the hose the last few inches into the valve, this should form an airtight seal which is essential.
- If air can get back in as the mattress empties then the siphon will stop.
Sealing the waterbed valve
Air tight seal
Connect the other end of the hose to a water supply and start filling the water bed mattress. Once the water is going into the mattress there is obviously no more air in the hose this is the equivalent of having sucked on the other end of the hose to start the siphon. (getting a mouthful of eight year old waterbed water isn’t advisable) Disconnect the hose from the water supply and drop it down below the height of the bed, down the stairs is preferable.
If you have followed the information correctly, the water will begin siphoning and will continue to pull all the water out having created a vacuum. Although the mattress will still be heavy it should be manageable.
siphoning a waterbed mattress
siphon a waterbed mattress
When there is no more water coming out remove the hose quickly and replace it with the plug and screw on cap. There will still be a lot of water contained in the fibre. If you lift the head end of the mattress without gripping the fibre inside there is a chance that the fibre layers will slide into a bunch. This will ruin the mattress. Fold the mattress taking care that the fibre layers cannot shift. You should now be able to lift the mattress out of the frame.
If you intend to store the mattress for more than one month, two bottles of 4oz waterbed conditioner should be added at this time. We do not have detailed information on how to do this at this time so you may find it easier to call us on our free phone number for advice.
Through our retail shop in Southsea, Portsmouth we rent a pump for £25. We have to charge this amount as we frequently have to replace the pumps and hoses. Siphoning a 5’ x 6’6” softside waterbed will take around 2 – 4 hours depending on the fall of the hose, whereas the waterbed pump will take approximately 30 minutes and completely vacuum the water bed mattress so it is very easy to transport and store.
As I stated this is a guide to help you but you must also be able to use common sense. If things go wrong, don’t try to sue me as I was just trying to help and I have no money. If you are a bit of a Mr Bean and are likely to create more of a problem, call us as we offer a full range of services nationwide.