My Sleepy Blog — April 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

How to Repair or Patch a Hole in an Air Mattress

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Tips for repairing your air mattress

Purchasing an air mattress is one of the best decisions one can ever make. The sort of versatility and functionality it offers is unrivalled. Better still, they come at the most competitive prices of all other mattresses which is advantageous to the user.

The downside however, is that an air mattress is susceptible to tears caused by abrasion. It is necessary that an air mattress owner take every step towards protecting their mattress which includes keeping it from abrasion agents and ensuring proper storage. Once a pinhole or a tear occurs however, it is possible to patch it up so as to enjoy the mattress’ utility.


Finding the hole

It is vital to note that even the best air mattresses loses air on a normal circumstance. You can never acquire an air mattress that remains a hundred per cent inflated.

Air being a state of matter has properties such as expansion and contraction. Hot air expands and cool air contracts. As the night gets colder, the air inside your air mattress is bound to cool off and contract, making your mattress appear deflated.

Before checking to find the possible leak, be sure that the mattress doesn’t look deflated due to air contraction.

Additionally, a new air mattress will generally tend to stretch and appear saggy as it accustoms itself. For the first few nights one may be required to regularly inflate more air before using the mattress.

The process of finding the leak has to do with establishing the precise points from which air is escaping. In most scenarios, a leak will possibly occur near the valve, along the seams or on the surface of the mattress.

A leaking air mattress is useless until the leak is located and fixed.

Here is how to locate a leak

First, you will require to have:

 a hot glue gun,

a spray bottle,

paper towels,

a marker, sponge,

masking tape,

yarn,

soap and water,

a patch kit,

scissors

and sand paper.

Fill the mattress with air to at least half the total air-holding capacity.

For the best results, fill up the mattress with air entirely. If inflation is not maintained after you have pumped in air continuously, it can only mean that your air mattress has a hole that is causing a leak.

Check the valve to find a leak. One could simply place their ear near the valve and listen for a hissing sound, which signals the presence of a leak. In case the leak is located at the valve, it might be impossible to repair it at home.

Checking the seams for possible leaks may also require you to listen for a hissing sound which establishes the presence and location of a leak. The same applies for checking for leaks across the entire body of your mattress. In most scenarios, leak causing holes occur on the bottom side of the mattress.

Another way of establishing a leak is by running wet skin across the surface of the mattress. Leaking air will cause the water on your skin to evaporate, making the skin feel cold.Once the position of the leak is located, it is essential to mark it out so as to make it easy to find.

Masking tape can be used to mark the position of a leak whenever one doesn’t have a marker pen. In most cases you will find a leak at only one location; multiple leaks are rare.

Patching the hole​

After marking out the position of the leak, deflate the air mattress completely so as to proceed with the repair process.Sand the area surrounding the hole.

Sanding allows the adhesive you will use to hold the patch to the mattress surface better.Use the dish soap and water to clean up the spot which you are going to repair. Dish soap rids of dirt, dust and grease particles to allow the glue to adhere totally.

Rubbing alcohol (nail polish remover) can be used instead of water and soap

Make sure to dry out the cleaned up area before proceeding to repair the tear.

Cut out a patch. Make sure that it is at least twice as big as the tear so as to ensure that it covers up the entire area being rectified.Follow the patch kit instructions with precision.

The patch is normally applied in the same way a sticker is applied; momentarily and with due caution so as not to leave out air bubbles. Some patches are self-adhesive whereas in some instances you may have to apply the adhesive yourself.

Apply pressure to the patch to aid in adhesion, then leave the patch to dry up for up to four hours before you test to establish that the leak is fixed.

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