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YOUR MATTRESS

Mattress Size & Smell:
Upon delivery of your new mattress you may find that the mattress seems a bit shorter and narrower than the specified size, due to shrinkage/packaging during transportation. This is normal in a hand built bed. Over the first few weeks of use, the mattress will assume it's correct size. This is more common with mattresses that don't have in internal metal border wire that otherwise helps them maintain there shape. (for example: foam or latex mattresses).

After removing your mattress from it's packaging, please leave your mattress uncovered in a well-ventilated room for a few hours to allow any condensation to escape. "Air-Out" your mattress on a regular, to allow any naturally absorbed perspiration to evaporate naturally. You may also notice that your new mattress may have that "new bed smell", this is normal and will soon fade if aired out regularly.

Body Impressions:
Worried about body impressions? They're normal! Here's what the Better Sleep Council tells consumers: Many of today's top quality mattresses use technologically advanced foams and fibers that are designed to be softer and more comfortable while ensuring your body has the support you need for good health. By cradling your body, these materials relieve pressure and are so comfortable that you'll probably toss and turn less in the night. For that reason, in the first few weeks you sleep on a new mattress that offers these extra comfort layers, you will likely notice some body impressions on the mattress surface. These impressions are normal and shouldn't be considered a sign that something is wrong with your new mattress. To help with body impressions, we recommend that you turn your mattress on a regular basis.
Click here to read the article: Better Sleep Council - Body Impressions.

Adjusting To Your New Mattress May Take Time:
Chances are that your old mattresses internal components and upholstery are not what they used to be - but this is what your body is used to. So your new bed may seem a little strange and uncomfortable at first. Please allow time for your body to properly adjust to your new bed and it's support, and for your mattress internals to settle.







CARING FOR YOUR MATTRESS

Your Mattress:
A new mattress, just like many other things, needs to be given the proper care in order to function properly. Most mattresses today last around 8 years before they need to be replaced, but that also varies depending on how you take care of the mattress. If your mattress isn't maintained or cared for properly, it will have to be replaced much sooner. Below you will find many helpful tips so you get the most out of the place where you spend 1/3 of your life... your mattress.

Caring For Your New Mattress:
Your mattress may be hiding under comforters and sheets, but it still needs your attention from time to time. Follow these helpful tips below to help increase your mattresses overall life.

Installation Is Key:
Proper installation is key to getting the most out of your mattress. Make sure that whomever is setting up your new mattress, follows all set-up directions correctly and uses the proper tools. Incorrect installation/set-up (may void your warranty and) will enormously decrease the life of the mattress and also may affect how the mattress performs on a nightly basis.

Cover Your Mattress:
Spills, leaks or accidents may damage a mattress and/or possibly void your warranty, so it is very important to take precautionary measures against these unfortunate, but sometimes unavoidable events. Purchasing a mattress protector/pad is a great way to help keep your mattress clean. Mattress pads/protectors can absorb perspiration and protect against spills and stains. We recommend using a washable mattress protector. Click here to see our Mattress Pads

Cleaning Is Caring:
We spend so much of our time in bed, it's no wonder that cleanliness directly affects the quality of our sleep. Dust mites, bed bugs and dead skin cells accumulate inside mattresses, so to help avoid any health issues - you should vacuum your mattress as much as possible to remove any and all dust particles. Vacuuming your mattress can be beneficial by decreasing the number of allergens that may be inside your mattress.

If you have spilled something directly on your mattress, you should follow the manufactures suggestions for cleaning - as improper care & cleaning of the mattress could result in voiding the warranty.

Here are some general tips for spot cleaning a mattress: If you have spilled something directly on your mattress and it is necessary that you wet it, do so sparingly! Be careful not to soak the mattress as it may damage it's construction and internal contents. Use a small amount of soapy water and gently rub the stain/spill with a towel. And since moisture is the prime ingredient for mold growth, make sure the mattress is completely dry before placing the linens back on top.

Flipping/Rotating Your Mattress:
You may be happy to hear that needing to flip your mattress is slowly coming to an end, thanks to new technology and innovations in mattress construction. But even though you may no longer need to flip the mattress, you may still need to rotate your mattress to help prolong the life of the mattress. New mattresses should be rotated, on average, every 3 months. But use your best judgement, if you happen to see or feel a bit of sagging/indention - it may be best to rotate your mattress more often. And make sure you don't forget about the foundation. Your nightly slumber can weight heavily on your foundation as well, so be sure to rotate your foundation every 6 months.

Keep Your Mattress Tagged:
Contrary to the popular belief, the removal of your mattress tag is NOT illegal and punishable by law. However, the tag sewn onto your mattress does need to be attached for warranty purposes.

Mattress Handles:
If your mattress has handles on the sides, never use them to support the full weight of the mattress. Handles are designed to help position the mattress on the base - not for carrying or lifting, as this could result in damaging the mattress.

Mattress Foundation/Base/Box Spring:
The best way to maintain a supportive and comforting mattress is to place it on the foundation which it was originally meant to be paired. Don't abuse your new mattress by using it with an old, unmatched foundation. A mattress will last longer and feel more comfortable when used with correct, matching foundation.

Many mattress manufacturers even void a warranty if the mattress is not supported by the manufacturer's foundation. This is because it needs to receive the same support it did when it was tested in order for the manufacturer's warranty to be valid. Please read manufacturer's warranty details to determine if this is the case.

Treat Your Mattress Well:
You should treat your new mattress just like any other piece of fine furniture. Don't jump on it, bend or fold the mattress or kneel on the edges. And because edge support is a very important component of the mattress structure, try no to sit on the edge of the mattress in the same place every day. Just like the center of the mattress, repeated pressure could wear away at those edges.

Time For A New Mattress?:
If you happen to currently be sleeping on a mattress nearing eight years of age, you should definitely think about replacing it with a new one. A new mattress could have tremendous impact on your health, energy levels and overall productivity.







CARING FOR YOUR WATERBED (WATERMATTRESS)

Your Waterbed:
A new waterbed, just like many other things, needs to be given the proper care in order to function properly. The life of your waterbed varies depending on how you take care of the waterbed. If your waterbed isn't maintained or cared for properly, it will have to be replaced much sooner. Below you will find many helpful tips so you get the most out of the place where you spend 1/3 of your life... your mattress (or waterbed).

Caring For Your New Waterbed:
Your waterbed may be hiding under comforters and sheets, but it still needs your attention from time to time. Follow these helpful tips below to help increase your waterbeds overall life.

Proper Maintenance:
Waterbed mattresses are very low maintenance, but there are still a few simple maintenance steps you can do to help lengthen the lifespan of your water bed mattress, as well as increase the comfort you can experience from your waterbed. Some of the most important components in the proper care of your waterbed are cleanliness, periodic addition of needed chemicals & conditioners and maintaining an appropriate water level in your waterbed.

Proper Installation:
Proper installation is key to getting the most out of your waterbed. Make sure that whomever is setting up your new waterbed, follows all set-up directions correctly and uses the proper tools. Incorrect installation/set-up (may void your warranty and) will enormously decrease the life of the waterbed and also may affect how the waterbed performs on a nightly basis.

Cover Your Mattress:
Spills, leaks or accidents may damage a mattress and/or possibly void your warranty, so it is very important to take precautionary measures against these unfortunate, but sometimes unavoidable events. Purchasing a mattress protector/pad is a great way to help keep your mattress clean. Mattress pads/protectors can absorb perspiration and protect against spills and stains. We recommend using a washable mattress protector. Click here to see our Mattress Pads

Maintain Water Pressure:
Never overfill or underfill a waterbed, as it can result in damage to your waterbed mattress. A mattress that has been overfilled is subject to stretch out. When you sleep on the waterbed, your weight displaces the water, and increases the water pressure in the waterbed and stretches the vinyl. This can cause the seams to weaken.

Waterbed frames are designed to support the weight of a properly filled waterbed. A waterbed that has been overfilled weighs more than it should, therefore placing additional stress on the waterbed bed frame. When the waterbed bed frame is under excess stress, it's ability to properly support the waterbed is diminished. Damage to the hardware that keeps the bed frame together also can occur as a result of excess water in the watermattress.

An underfilled waterbed mattress can result in excess stress being placed on the waterbed heater, thus causing it to overheat. An adverse effect of an overheated waterbed heater is damage to the vinyl material that comes in contact with the heater.
Please read carefully over all installation instuctions pertaining to your waterbed & waterbed heater. Improper installation of your waterbed heater may result in physical and/or product damage. READ YOUR INSTRUCTIONS, INSTALL CORRECTLY AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE CORRECT HEATER (Hardside or Softside Heaters Are Available).

Remove Air:
Air bubbles are periodically formed in the water inside the waterbed. The waterbed may even make sounds when you move over the bed because of the air bubbles. You can remove the air bubbles by moving them towards the valve in the waterbed, thus letting the air escape or we recommend using our Bubble Stop product that will eliminate bubbles inside the waterbed by neutralizing excess minerals in the water. Bubble Stop is extremely effective on "hard water" areas.
Click here to see our Flotation Care Products

Protect From Sharp Objects:
Be very careful with sharp objects around a waterbed. Any punctures or tears can cause damage to the waterbed. Small tears or punctures can be easily repaired with our Vinyl Repair Patch Kit, but larger tears can cause substantial damage. Be sure to install a Safety Liner for your waterbed. In the case of a puncture or separation, the Safety Liner will prevent water spillage and protect your furniture and floors from water damage.

Condition The Water Regularly:
You must condition your waterbed with our special waterbed Conditoner every six months to a year depending on the bottle size. The Conditioner will control the growth of odor causing, slime-forming bacteria and algae, prevent bubbles, preserve plasticizers, condition the vinyl interiors and keep the vinyl from cracking - which all lead to extending the watermattresses life.
Click here to see our Flotation Care Products

Clean The Vinyl Cover Regularly:
Keep your waterbed vinyl lining and cover clean with the use of our Vinyl Cleaner & Protectant. The Vinyl Cleaner & Protectant is mild and non-abrasive. It is the ideal treatment for cleaning and protecting all vinyl and plastic surfaces. It removes dust, dirt and most types of stains and also keeps the vinyl from cracking. You should clean your watermattress at least every three months.
Click here to see our Flotation Care Products

Provide Proper Support:
Waterbeds require a frame that will support the weight of a properly filled watermattress and also help retain the watermattresses shape. The use of an improper waterbed frame may result in physical and/or property damage.

Storing or Moving Your Waterbed:
All water must be removed from the watermattress, then replace the seal and cap, keeping any air out. Water left in the mattress can cause several problems and also make the mattress too heavy to move. You must be careful whether or not your watermattress is baffled or a free flow. If you have a baffled waterbed, you cannot fold it - as this will damage the interior components. You must roll baffled watermattresses. If you have a free flow watermattress, you can fold it. Store & transport the waterbed and it's heating accessories carefully.

InnoMax offers a safe and fast alternative for storing and moving your waterbed - The Waterbed Drain Hero. The Waterbed Drain Hero is the hassle-free approach to fluid support maintenance and care. It is everything you need to effortlessly vacuum seal your mattress... making moving a breeze! Click here to see The Waterbed Drain Hero