How to Store a Waterbed Mattress

If you own a waterbed, there will probably be some times when you need to store the mattress.

Waterbed mattresses are easier to store than conventional bed mattresses because they can be drained and rolled up, taking up less space. To keep your stored waterbed mattress in good condition, be sure to take the proper steps before storing.

Add conditioner to the water if the mattress will be stored for several months. Add 4 to 6 ounces to the water one week before you drain the mattress. That way, it can get circulated around. The conditioner will help protect the inside from bacteria and mold.

Drain the waterbed mattress completely before you store it. Strip the bedding and unplug the heater first. The most typical way to drain the water is to run a garden hose from the bed out a window and away from the building. Attach the hose to the valve in the mattress. Press on the mattress to help push the water out. This step will probably take a couple hours.

Wipe the entire waterbed mattress with a towel and a vinyl cleaner. Wipe the excess cleaner off with a clean towel. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to get the best results. The cleaner will help protect the outside of the mattress while it's being stored.

Roll the top end of the waterbed mattress down to store it. Keep rolling it down until you reach the end. Lift the mattress out of the frame. Place it in a cardboard box and close it up. You may want to ask someone to help you.

Place the box in an area where the temperature and humidity level is controlled. Extreme climates will damage the mattress.

Things You Will Need

  • Waterbed conditioner
  • Garden hose
  • Vinyl cleaner
  • Old towel
  • Large cardboard box


  • To remove the last of the water when you drain the waterbed mattress, you may need to use a wet/dry vacuum. Once a year, remove the mattress from the box and wipe the exterior with cleaner.

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Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.