Cleaning A Waterbed Mattress

If you have a waterbed mattress, properly clean it at least once a month to ensure that it is disinfected of germs and bacteria. Here are the steps to clean your waterbed mattress effectively:

Strip the Bed

Remove all sheets, covers and pillows. As with any other type of bed, your waterbed linens should be washed regularly.

Vinyl Cleaner

Use a towel or a rag to wipe down the surface of the mattress with a vinyl cleaner and/or a cleaning disinfectant. Your bed's manufacturer can probably recommend a type of vinyl cleaner that will work best with their product. This cleaner will condition the mattress to help prevent any wear and tear.

Follow the instructions on the bottle. Wipe the mattress down once or twice with the vinyl cleaner, and then use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture.

Other Cleaners

You can use a cleaning agent like Pine Sol if you do not have a vinyl cleaner, but you will not get the same results. A vinyl cleaner helps protect and condition the mattress, while Pine Sol helps rid the mattress from bacteria. Pine Sol will also help diminish any body odor or accumulated moisturizer. If you like, use the Pine Sol first and then follow with the vinyl cleaner.

When using Pine Sol, mix 3 caps of the cleaning agent with hot water. Dip a towel into the solution and then ring out excess. Rub the mattress with the mixture. Make two sweeps if you are not using any other cleaner, but only one if you will follow with vinyl cleaner.


Rub the mattress down with a dry towel after you have cleaned the surface. Allow residual moisture to dry before you replace the bedding. This will not only protect your sheets from becoming damp, but it will ensure that moisture trapped on the mattress doesn't cause mildew or mold.