How to Patch Air Beds

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Air beds or air mattresses are beds made from vinyl and pumped full of air. The beds come in handy for overnight guests or when camping. The pressure put on air beds from the weight of our bodies, stretches the vinyl allowing for holes to develop. Patching tiny holes in an air bed is cheaper than replacing one. Locate most vinyl repair kits at bicycle shops or hardware stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Foot pump
  • Permanent marker
  • Rags
  • Clean cloths
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Air bed patch kit
  • Scissors
  • Place one drop of dish soap into a spray bottle and fill with cool water. Inflate a deflated air bed with a foot pump. Spray the surface of the air bed with the soapy water. Examine the bed for air bubbles, which indicate air leakage. Mark the air leak by drawing around it with a black permanent marker.

  • Wipe the soapy water from the air bed with a damp rag, then dry with a clean cloth. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe over the area around the air leak.

  • Cut a patch from the vinyl patch kit twice the size of the hole in the air bed. Cut the patch in a circle to keep pointed edges from peeling from the vinyl surface.

  • Place glue from the patch kit around the hole in the air bed, and on one side of the patch. Allow the glue to sit on these areas for one minute. Press the patch over the hole, and hold in place for one minute to allow secure bonding. Wait two hours before inflating to give the adhesive time to dry.

  • Inflate the air bed with the foot pump and inspect the air bed for leaks around the patch. If additional leaks are found or the patch is not adhering correctly, repair using the same procedure. Allow the glue to dry overnight before inflating to inspect the patch.

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