Repairing a puncture of an inflatable bed can be your worst nightmare if you are in a hurry and apply the wrong method. This is a common problem with this type of mattress, so you should be prepared if you encounter a similar situation (unless you prefer to sleep on the floor). Learn about repair Intex air mattress in this article.
You should know that this type of element loses air with time, so its sealing is increasingly imperfect. Also, it is important that you know if you have the use of a patch for repair or not. For this, we have created a small guide of steps that you should follow to fix your inflatable bed correctly.
How to Find Hole in Air Mattress
First of all, and to make the process as simple as possible, you must detect the air leak that causes the air loss in the inflatable mattress.
To check if there is a leak there are different methods that will help you to deduce it (you should know that mattresses deflate over the years, so it may be that it is not a puncture and it is time to change the mattress). Below, we present them to you:
1- Inflate the inflatable bed to the maximum: Once you have filled it with air to the top, observe if after a few minutes it has lost some air. If not, sit on it and check that it does not sink more than 2″ (5 cm). If you are not sure, you can leave the mattress inflated overnight and check it in the morning.
2- Check the air inlet valve: You can put your hand on the air inlet and check if there is air circulation in any direction.
3- Look for the leak: Use your senses, touch the mattress to look for air, or use your hearing to find it. If none of these techniques work, try to moisten your hand with water and pass it near the mattress until you notice a change in temperature due to the airflow.
Once you have found it, it is time to patch the leak, making sure that the mattress is deflated, dry, and clean, so you should clean the area to be repaired.
How to Repair An Air Mattress With Patches
Everything is ready, now is the time to start fixing the problem and not leave it for tomorrow. The most common way to do this is with the help of patches or repair kits.
Repair Intex Air Mattress: Step 1
First of all, you should buy a repair kit, if possible, from the original manufacturer of the air mattress. If that is not possible, don’t worry as any other patch will also be suitable for repairing your inflatable bed.
Repair Intex Air Mattress: Step 2
Once the mattress is clean and deflated (as it should have been after the puncture location), sand the surface around the leak, being very careful not to polish more than necessary and ruin the bed.
Repair Intex Air Mattress: Step 3
Finally, clean the area and apply the glue included in the repair kit, put the patch over the leak, and let it dry with a heavy object on top for at least 1 day before using it normally.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind of Glue Do You Use to Repair an Air Mattress?
We always use glues that are used to repair inflatable boats and similar items. They are very easy to find on the internet.
Can You Use Gorilla Glue on an Air Mattress?
As previously mentioned, we recommend specific glues for inflatables.
How To Patch An Air Mattress On The Felt Side
Our first air mattress broke on the felt side. We lightly sanded the felt and only plastic was visible, then cleaned and applied the glue as normal.
How to Find a Hole in an Air Mattress With Smoke
Another way to find the puncture in the air mattress is with smoke. But for me, the best way is with detergent and water. Learn more about How to Find a Hole in an Air Mattress With Smoke.