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Old 06-19-2007, 11:08 AM
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I got a second hand water-bed a few years back. I have friends with waterbeds and they say they were told to occasionally add chemicals to the water to avoid odor.

I have never used the chemicals. There is slight odor in my bedroom. I'm not positive if it's the bed or the carpet. I have taken out the tubes and will be isolating the matress and the tubes in a back room to see if they cause an odr to accumulate but I'd appreciate any comments from folkd with experience with this type of bed.

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Old 06-19-2007, 12:32 PM
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When's the last time you changed the sheets?
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I can't hold back any longer.


Stop peeing in the bed.


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"Sheets?"
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The chemicals are to stop the nasties from growing inside the bladders, make sure the wood supports are dry underneath, if they get wet either from a leaking bladder or from condensation it will mold and smell
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When you say "leaking bladder"......?
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Well that Depends.....
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:04 PM
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Personally I can't see how an odor can emanate from the bladder? My thinking is if an odor can escape then so should water be. Do you find yourself adding water?
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Garett - 6/20/2007 12:04 PM

Personally I can't see how an odor can emanate from the bladder?

Odors can permeate solid materials that liquids cannot penetrate, i.e. remember, on a boat odors can creep out of a headís holding tanks and lines but they donít leak any liquid. I think it was something like a minimum of 3/8-in of HDPE before it begins to block odors. Waterbed liner is nowhere near that dense.


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Old 06-19-2007, 03:29 PM
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The chemicals should be put in once a year. It is a about a 6 or 8 oz bottle. If you don`t put his in the the water, eventually it starts buildingsome type of sludge in the water. The smell should not be coming from the water since the the waterbed should be airtight sealed. I would look else where for the smell. I used to drain the water out every year and a half and fill with new water. Don`t ask me why, i just did it.
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Aren't waterbeds so..... well 60's?
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Menzies - 6/20/2007 1:02 PM

Aren't waterbeds so..... well 60's?
60ís and/or 70ís. Now days it is about air mattresses, i.e. Select Comfort and Sleep Better beds.

Question: if I am a heavy sleeper and I fill my air bed with helium will I sleep lighter?

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Well, you might get high.
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I thought they stop making water beds in the 80's ?
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:50 PM
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Thanks for the replies folks. Some of my thoughts matched up with your comments.

This is a model that has several tubes. I took them out and put the matress/case in a small room since shortly after I posted this morning. Now that room smells a bit off so I think I've localised the problem.

I'm thinking of sprinkling some vinegar on it and wrapping it in plastic for a few days. I've had good luck with vinegar and smaller items in the past. It doesnt leave any chemical stink, just have to let it air to reduce the pungency a bit.
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Menzies - 6/20/2007 1:02 PM

Aren't waterbeds so..... well 60's?
60ís and/or 70ís. Now days it is about air mattresses, i.e. Select Comfort and Sleep Better beds.

Question: if I am a heavy sleeper and I fill my air bed with helium will I sleep lighter?
I filled mine with hydrogen and then let the ex fall asleep with a lit cigarette..
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Water Beds rock - even today! I have tried my share of regular beds and I keep coming back to my waterbed. And, yes, you have to add the mildew inhibitors a couple of times / year. And, yes, fewer stores carry waterbed supplies.
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Personally I can't see how an odor can emanate from the bladder?

Odors can permeate solid materials that liquids cannot penetrate, i.e. remember, on a boat odors can creep out of a headís holding tanks and lines but they donít leak any liquid. I think it was something like a minimum of 3/8-in of HDPE before it begins to block odors. Waterbed liner is nowhere near that dense.

I stand corrected.

Where I've never owned a waterbed, but I have road the wave many a times ......my boat does have a head and holding tank w/ pump out lines.
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