Does your air mattress leak? You are not sure about what to do. Well, you have two choices you can either throw it away or get a new one, which is easy to do. Alternatively, you can take some time out from your busy schedule and find learn how to patch an air mattress hole.
Unlike what many of you think it is not a daunting task. All you need is a few items, and a patch kit comes along with the air mattress. Campers tend to prefer the air mattress to that of the sleeping bag as it is comfortable, lightweight to carry around.
Here are a few guidelines, which can help you patch an air mattress hole in no time.
Find the leak: The first thing to know is that, air mattresses lose air with time. Instead of stripping the covers off to find the hole, you will want to inflate your air mattress to confirm if there is a hole or not. In cool regions, the mattress can appear slightly deflated. If the air mattress leaks, then it will deflate in a few seconds. You can also inflate your mattress and then put your full weight on it. The mattress should not shrink more than a few inches.
Hold the valve: Sometimes the valve can be faulty. You can check it out by placing your hands on the valve and noticing air escaping. If air escapes, then your valve is at fault. However, replacing the valve should be done by a professional in the shop with the right kind of tools and materials.
Hold the air mattress standing: Usually, punctures occur when the air mattress is left on sharp objects. The leaks occur at the bottom than at the top. Holding the air mattress is taking the help of somebody to check every part of it for leaks. You can place your ear closely on the air mattress and listen for leaks. When air comes out from a particular part, then you will hear a hissing sort of a sound. If you hear that, then you know that your product is at fault.
Mark the hole or holes: Once you have found the hole in the air mattress you will want to mark the hole. Now, deflate the mattress. Use the patch kit, which is provided along with the product. If you do not have one, then you can purchase it from a local hardware store. A patch kit contains sandpaper, glue, and patches, which can be used to fix leaks.
Air patches work just fine on PVC mattress. Remove the soft felt, which is around the hole. Now, dry and clean the area of the leak. Let it dry completely. Cut the patch such that it is larger than the hole. The patch has to apply on the hole according to the instructions given in your manual or the manufacturer. Leave it for a few hours or overnight. Next day, you can inflate the air mattress to be sure.
For whatever reason, if you feel that the above steps are a bit too much for you, then there is no harm in hiring a professional to complete the task. While there is no harm in trying to patch an air mattress hole, you are better off leaving it to the experts.
Questions and Answers
Below are questions raised by concerned clients regarding how to patch an air mattress hole and best possible solutions for them?
1. The manufacturer sent patches, no glue. Can we use Gorilla glue or silicon?
If your air mattress is made from rubber, then Gorilla glue might not work. However, it works just fine on PVC sheets. Usually, most of the air mattresses are made from PVC sheets. You can also consider using Flex Seal to patch your mattress. All you need to do is, make a square from the cloth, and then use the Flex Seal. Once the mattress has soaked up the Flex Seal, allow it to dry before spraying again. Repeat the process a few times, until the hole is patched.
2.What to do if the air mattress has no adhesive?
The thing is, shipping rules do not permit the transport of glue. Hence, you will have to buy your glue, which is cheap and can be easily purchased from a local store. You will receive only the patch and the instructions that inform you of the glue that is suitable for your mattress.
3.Can you turn air mattress inside out?
Many clients have often asked this, for their reasons. However, you would be advised against doing it. That is because you have to make a huge hole, to fit your hand inside the mattress to turn the air mattress inside out.
4.How to stop an air mattress valve from leaking?
Sometimes the valve in the mattress can leak causing water to seep in. You need first to find the area where it is leaking and cover it with plastic. You will then want to replace the cap on the valve. This happens when the gasket is missing, or the seal is in bad condition. You may require more sheets to cover the leak. Once you have screwed the cap back on the opening, it is as good as new.
As you can see, there are several ways to patch an air mattress hole. All you need to do is ensure that you have all the materials needed and information to do the process slowly, but carefully. However, sometimes you will find yourself in situations where numerous holes or hole are being too big for repair or patchwork. This might leave your air mattress worthless even though you somehow manage to get it patched.
In such situations, where your air mattress has an unfixable tear, you might want to discard it away and think of getting a new air mattress. Though you will have to make a small investment, it is worth the money because nothing is more precious in this world than a good night’s sleep.
Please do feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on patching your air mattress, in the comments section. We would love to hear from you.