Air mattresses are also known as airbeds or blow-up beds. They are perfect for both temporary and permanent used. A good quality air mattress can make awesome your camping days. Also, air mattresses are commonly used for camping, hospital beds, household uses, and other purposes. Users will be benefited in many ways by using an air mattress.
It is very important to know all of the things about how to fix an air mattress. The most common problems of air mattresses are leaking. Usually, users suffer from this problem. In this article we will discuss briefly how can you find the leaks of an air mattress and then how can you fix it with the help of a patch kit. Let’s start our discussion.
Things you will require to fix an air mattress by following our methods:
- Soapy water.
- Masking tape.
- Paper towels.
- Rubber gloves.
- Air mattress repair kit.
- Long needle.
- Vice grips or pliers.
Finding the Leaks of Air Mattress:
There is some technic you can use to find the leaks, check them below.
Air Losing Gradually
After a few days, later air mattresses start to lose their air. So, you need to re-inflate your air mattress regularly no matter is there any leak or not. If you find any leak in your air mattress then repair this area otherwise just use it again after re-inflating it.
Inflate the Air Mattress
You require to find out the leak from your air matters’. Firstly, you need to inflate the air mattress and then sit on it. If it sinks more than 3-4 inches then there is a must be a leak in your air mattress. Now, your job is to find out the exact area of the leak.
Check the Valve
You should also check the valve carefully. Generally, valves are located right of the air pump. If your valve is broken then try to repair it. Sometimes valves are broken so badly then replace it.
Stand the Mattress Up
For doing this you require a larger space in your room. Usually, we leak our air mattresses by keeping things underneath of it and a leak occurs due to the accidentally thrust from of these things. So, be careful about that. Finding leaks from an air mattress in this way, fully inflated your mattress and then flip, turn, and move around it for searching leaks.
Place Your Ear for Listening Hissing Sounds
You also can find the leak of an air mattress by simply with your ears. In this process, you need to place your ears around 2-3 inches away from the mattress and then slowly move it for searching the leaks. If there is any leak in your mattress then you will hear a hissing noise from this spot.
Search Leaks with the Helps of Soapy Water
If you are still not able to find the leaks from your air mattress’ then you should try this process. With the help of a sponge slowly wipe down your air mattress in soapy water for finding the leak. When you get it then you see bubbles forming into the soapy water then just check this area.
Repeat the Same Process
Most of the time it is not possible to find out the leaks of an air mattress just in one effort. To be honest, finding the leak from an air mattress is not an easy task. So, don’t be disappointed. Just repeated the same process which you select for finding the leaks of your air mattress.
Mark the Leak: If you find the leak in your air mattress then don’t forget to mark it. Use a pen or sharpie to make it properly. It will help you to find it very easily when you want to repair it.
Using a Patch Kit to Fixed the Leaks
After findings the leaks, let’s fix them as per the following ways.
Purchase a Patch Kit
Start this method by purchasing a patch kit from an outdoor store. You need to purchase a patch kit that works on both plastic and vinyl because most of the air mattresses are made from these two materials.
Deflate the Mattress
Now deflate your air mattress completely. Let all the air out from your mattress and stop the entering pathway of air before continuing the following steps.
You also need to remove the soft covering of your mattress for making the patch stick. You can do it easily with the help of some sandpaper or a wire brush. Then start to remove the felt coating until the process finished.
Clean the Dust and Microbes
It is very important to clean the dust and microbes from the leaking areas of your air mattress’. Little isopropyl alcohol or soapy water can be a good option to clean those leaky areas properly. After finishing the cleaning, make sure that you will dry it completely before continuing the next steps.
Cut Out a Patch
You need to be careful when cutting out a patch of your air mattress. You need to cut a patch around one and a half times larger than the hole that will help you to fit the patch quite comfortably into the hole.
Apply the Patch
Now all are set for applying the patch. It is ideal to follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the patch. You can use special glue to attach the patch. Always be careful when you attach it.
Press Down on the Patch
To attach the patch firmly you need to apply pressure on it. You can use a rolling pin or the heel of your hand to press on the patch of air mattress more smoothly.
Let the Glue Dry
Now you need to wait with patience until the glue of the patch dries properly. During this time, keep a heavy flat object on top of the patch to keep the pressure continuing on your air mattress, and also don’t try to inflate. It will take normally 2-3 hours for drying properly.
Inflate the Mattress and Check
When your mattress dries completely then you go for finding the leaks of the air mattress. By placing your air near the patch, you can easily understand the conditions of leaks and then fix it.
We are very sure that our article will be effective for you to fix your mattress easily in your practical life.