How to Patch an Air Mattress (Easy Ways to Fix)

A punctured air mattress causes a rough sleep at night and can be very frustrating. However, if you find yourself with a deflated air mattress at home, you don’t have to throw it out. Finding the leak and patching it is simple and can be done using an inexpensive patch kit and household objects.

How to Patch an Air Mattress

There are two methods; using a patch kit and without using a patch kit. However, the first step in both methods is finding the leak. 

How To Find The Leak In Mattress?

1) Acknowledge that every air mattress naturally loses air.

Before deciding to remove the mattress cover on your mattress and look for holes, know that no single air mattress keeps air indefinitely. You will naturally re-inflate your mattress whether you have a leak or not.

2) Fully inflate your air mattress to test for a leak.

If your air mattress is severely deflated after several minutes, then most likely you have a leak. 

3) Look into the valve that holds in the air.

Feel for any leaking air while holding your hand on top of the valve. If the valve is leaky or broken, you have to order for a replacement from the manufacturer. 

4) In a quiet, big room, stand the air mattress on its side to examine it for holes.

Mostly, leaks and punctures appear on the air mattress’s bottom after leaving things accidentally underneath the bed.

5) Listen for hissing sounds by placing your ear about 2-3 inches from the air mattress.

Keep your ear close enough to notice leaking air which sounds like a thin hissing noise.

6) If you cannot find anything, moist your hand on the back and repeat the process.

The air leaking from your mattress will evaporate the water quickly, making it feel cool.

7) If you still can’t get the leak, search for bubbles using soapy water.

8) Once you find the leak, use a sharpie or a pen to circle it.

9) Deflate then dry the mattress.

After finding the leak you now ought to fix it. If you need even more detailed article on how to find a leak in the air mattress, you can check this article.

How to Patch an Air Mattress using a Patch Kit

1) Get a patch kit.

It contains patches for air mattresses, bike tires, and tents, sandpaper and glue. Ensure that it works on vinyl or plastic.

2) Deflate the mattress completely.

This ensures that no air is trapped under the patch that ruins the glue.

3) Remove the flocking near the hole.

Do this if the leak is located on the top of the mattress using a sandpaper or wire brush. 

4) Wash and dry the part around the hole.

Wash using a small amount of isopropyl alcohol or soapy water and completely dry it before continuing.

5) Cut a patch that is almost one and a half times larger than your leak.

This will ensure that you have enough room to cover the hole and one or more centimeters of the patch surrounding every side. 

6) Following the directions of the manufacturer, apply the patch.

7) With firm, uniform pressure, press down on the patch for 30 or more seconds.

This will ensure that it is attached firmly.

8) Allow the glue on the patch to dry; about 2-3 hours.

You can place a heavy, flat item on the patch to maintain the pressure and do not make a mistake of inflating the mattress before the glue dries.

9) Inflate the mattress and examine for leaks by placing your ear next to the patch.

How to Patch an Air Mattress Without Using a Patch Kit

DIY fixes will, however, void your warranty since most manufacture request use of only patch kits. Duct tape can be used as a temporary fix. Note that hot glue should never be used to fix a leak since it will melt the air mattress making the hole bigger.

1) Remove the flocking near the hole.

2) Cut out a small square of slim, malleable plastic.

Patches can be improvised from shower curtains or tarps if you can’t buy. Cut a square that is large enough to cover the hole and surround it with an extra centimeter on each side. 

3) Use a strong, reliable glue to stick the DIY patch.

Use enough glue to cover the leak; at least of the same size as your patch.

4) With firm, uniform pressure, press the patch into the glue.

Hold it there for some time and use your fingers to smooth out the patch. Wipe away excess glue on the sides of the patch gently. 

5) Place a heavy item on the patch for 6-8 hours.

You can use a weight or heavy books and the patch should have adhered firmly to the mattress after that time.

Everyone should have this incredible skill of patching air mattresses. This will ensure that your air mattress lasts for a long time.

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