An air mattress is a great go-to replacement if you don’t have a proper bed and need something that’s better than just sleeping on the floor. The downside, of course, is that air mattresses work similar to a balloon in that air is pumped in to inflate it, and then released to deflate which makes the “skin” of an air mattress very delicate.
It doesn’t take much for a puncture to form and air pressure to be lost. There’s nothing worse than waking up halfway through the night with a deflated mattress. I’m going to show you some easy ways to fix a hole in an air mattress seam, or body, along with preventative ways to protect your air mattress.
How Do I Know If My Air Mattress Has Holes?
Before you can patch any holes on the mattress or seam, you need to find them first. This is much easier said than done, as you could have a tiny hole that’s causing the air to leak.
One of the best, although somewhat messy, ways to find a hole is rubbing the mattress and seam with soapy water. If there is a tear, you’ll quickly find it by looking for bubbles. If there are bubbles, you know where your leak is.
If you’re unsure if your mattress is leaking due to a rip on the seam or the mattress, check to see if there is a change in temperature or if your mattress is new. If you think it’s either of these cases, deflate and reinflate it and check for holes.
If you do spot one, be sure to circle it with a marker so you can come back to it while you’re starting your repairs.
How Do I Fix My Air Mattress If It Has A Hole? What About On The Seam?
Once you’ve located the tear, it’s time for repair. If your mattress is made of a flocked, raised, textured, or anything that’s just the usual material, you’ll want to sand around that area with a fine-grit sandpaper.
Not too much sanding, as this may ruin your mattress. Instead, gently sand the area until only the base material is left. This will significantly assist you in keeping the repair in place.
Next comes the actual repair, and this can be done in different ways to suit your needs, although I’ll break it down into the two most common repair types.
Here’s a video showing how you can fix a leaky air mattress for $2
How Do I Prevent Any More Holes On My Air Mattress?
Now that you know how to fix your air mattresses, including the seams, let’s look at how you can prevent any more holes or cuts from occurring.
Firstly, make sure your air mattress has plenty of room. If it’s rubbing up against other furniture, even something as simple as a table-leg, it can start a tear. Also never use any sharp objects around an air mattress. While the quality has improved, air mattresses can still be damaged by simple accidents.
Another thing to remember is never overfill the air mattress. You might be tempted to, but excess air pressure inside the air mattress can cause small tears to form. The seams are more likely to go first if you overfill your air mattresses, so keep this in mind.
There you have two, very easy ways to fix your air mattress if it’s torn on the mattress itself, or the seams. Finding these tears is rather tricky, but that’s going to be the only real difficult part. Repair and prevention are quite simple, as long as you’re not rough on your air mattress it’ll last you for years to come.