A Complete Guide for Taking Care of Your Electric Bed

If you’ve invested in an electric bed, you’d know how beneficial they can be to your sleep and overall well being. To ensure you maintain your newfound quality of life, it’s vital that you take care of your purchase to reap the full benefits. Here are some simple measures you can take to keep your electric bed in optimal working condition.

Looking after your electric bed

  1. Always make sure you turn off your electric bed and disconnect it from power before attempting to move it. This ensures you are safe, and the cord doesn’t get damaged in the process.
  2. Inspect the condition of the cord and remote regularly. It is not uncommon for beds to shift and in the process squash or roll over the power cords and damage them. Pets and pests can also chew through cords.
  3. The electric bed should always be on flat and sturdy flooring. Placing it on an uneven surface can be dangerous and compromise its longevity.
  4. Ensure the weight limits are not being exceeded. This includes putting heavy items on the bed.
  5. Plug the bed directly into the wall power point rather than on a power board. It is best to leave one power point for the bed only without anything plugged into the remaining outlet.
  6. Avoid sitting on your electric bed when it isn’t in a flat position. It’s easier and safer for you to sit on a straight bed that is flat than one that is partially upright or down.
  7. Don’t sit at the end of the bed, weight in this area can place strain on the motor and cause avoidable damage.
  8. Do not jump or forcefully sit on the electric bed. Doing this may break or damage the equipment.
  9. Keep up with recommended maintenance. Unlike regular beds, electric beds have motors and mechanisms that move and to ensure they are working as they should, it’s a good idea to book in a service. This should be explained to you, and if not, it will be outlined in your user manual.

Looking after your mattress

Just as important as the electrical component of your bed is the mattress. Here are some ways to keep your mattress in tip-top shape:

  1. Aim to rotate your mattress monthly. Failing to do this will most certainly result in a dip or depression in one section of the mattress over time. Repositioning your mattress gives the area that has been primarily used the opportunity to bounce back.
  2. Every so often, pull back the covers and sheets to the bare mattress and turn the fan on or open a window to let some fresh air get to the mattress. This can help to prevent odours by giving it a chance to air out.
  3. It’s best not to make a habit of sitting on the edge of your electric bed. It is purposefully soft on the outskirts to enable it to move easily when adjusted. Sitting here regularly can cause irreversible sinking.
  4. When changing your sheets, give the mattress a vacuum over. This will lift any dust or dirt particles and can stop them from penetrating into the mattress.
  5. If you spill anything on your mattress, immediately soak up the excess with a dry cloth. Once you have done this, wipe over with a wrung damp cloth to remove any residual liquid.

Common electric bed care questions

An electric bed isn’t like a traditional bed, and when you first get it, you may have some questions. Here are some common ones we come across:

The mattress slips slightly when adjusting it, what do I do?

This is very normal, especially when your mattress is brand new. You can help to reduce slipping by placing a gripper sheet between the mattress and base.

The bed isn’t working, how do I fix it?

If your bed isn’t working, follow the instructions below to see if it fixes the problem. If in doubt, always refer to your user manual, it will contain comprehensive information on the exact steps to take.

  1. First, see whether the power cord is in the powerpoint correctly and that it is switched on.
  2. If it is, check that you haven’t had a power outage by inspecting your power box.
  3. Try switching off the powerpoint and waiting 20 seconds before switching back on.
  4. Have a look at each section of the power cord to make sure there is no damage.
  5. Replace wireless remote with new batteries.

If you have completed the directions above to no avail, contact your supplier for advice.

My mattress seems too small for the base, why is this?

It is common for new mattresses to appear “too small” when they are first laid onto the base. This is usually because the mattress gets compressed whilst stored. After about a month of use, you’ll notice that the mattress has had time to relax, and it will fit your base perfectly.

An electric bed is an investment and, by looking after it, you can ensure that it not only lasts for a very long time, but you are getting the absolute best sleep possible each night.

Here at Beds Electric, we have a variety of electric beds and mattresses on offer, and we can help you find the perfect one to support a comfortable and deep night’s sleep. Get in touch today to organise your free at-home demonstration and quote.

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