Air Bed Repair

An air mattress is the ideal item to use on a camping trip, or when you have visitors in your house. However, when used regularly, they can develop leaks. A number of these leaks are because of small pinholes and tears, which normally occur on the delicate surface of the airbed. Repairing an air mattress is not hard. The difficult task is locating the origin of the air leak. A leak can easily be repaired by patching. Once you have an inflatable air bed repair kit and some household items, then you can find and fix a leaking air bed. The kit has a vinyl patch and glue.

The first thing you should do is to clean a bottle. This eliminates the entire residue that might be in the bottle, just incase there was a liquid contained in the bottle. Fill it with tap water halfway. Tilt the bottle, and put in some dish washing liquid. Mix the two liquids by swirling the water gently, but make sure that not too many bubbles are created. After that, you can put the mixture away.

Inflate the airbed until it becomes hard, and then install the plug. Check the inflatable bed for any signs of air leaks. If there are any, they will be discolored from the pressure. To mark the leaked area, just put a piece of masking tape over each tear. You can also run your hand over the mattress to locate any air leaks. Use the soapy solution to pour a little of it over the areas that you locate punctures and marks. The solution bubbles once it finds a leak. The area can be wiped with a rag and marked with a masking tape.

Use a sandpaper to rub the surface of the airbed at the leaks you have found. After the rubbing process, you can deflate the air mattress. Follow the instructions on the repair kit to fix the leaks. Leaks found on the top of the airbed and on the rough pad do require an extra step for a good repair. Work the fill valve over the leak, the patch has to be folded for it to fit in the valve and secure the patch by using your finger to rub over it and re-inflate the air mattress. The air pressure inside it will secure the patch. After re-inflating the airbed, you can look for more leaks by repeating the same process. If you do not find any leaks, then leave the airbed inflated to see if it will remain the same.

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16 thoughts on “Air Bed Repair

  1. How do you repair the air beds?
    I now have two airbeds that don’t hold air. They were not cheap either. I don’t see any repair kits near where they are sold at Target. Please help….
    Hey thanks address man, I will do that. How did you find the hole? Good luck with the couch thing. My couch sucks.

    • I’ve had this problem with the last two I’ve owned. I can tell you this; the repair kits stink. I went to Target for one originally, couldn’t find it, and got the Ozark brand at WalMart. It wasn’t that great.

      I came up with a repair where I went to a fabric store, bought a piece of vinyl, covered the hole with it, and used a silicone auto sealer to hold it down. It held for a while but I still had to get rid of it eventually. It’s basically the same concept as the repair kit but I used heavier materials to fashion the repair. The repair kits are for very small holes.

      EDIT: I found the hole by filling the bed with air, then leaning on it with my hands so I could feel where the air was coming out. In one case the hole was big enough so I could see it.

  2. WHERE can I find things to FIX an AIRBED?
    I live in Manhattan and I have no idea where to start to find things to help me fix an air bed.
    As far as I know there’s a tiny hole on top of the mattress, the velour part.
    Where can I find these “repair kits” everyone keeps talking about?
    Also, will a glue gun help at all? I’m really not sure what to do.

    Help! Please and thank yous!

    • at a hardware store
      or wally world buy a vinyl [pool] repair kit
      or a bicycle inter tube repair kit [patches] comes with a scrubber , patches , glue .
      rub the area with a fine sand paper or the scrubber from the tube kit remove as much velor
      as possible follow directions on repair package

  3. What type of adhesive do you use to patch an air bed?
    I have the patches, i just need the glue. The adhesive that came in the repair kit had dried up. I just wanna know what type is used so I can go buy it at the hardware store.

  4. Whats the best way to keep a hole out of an air bed?
    Never had an air bed and I just wanna know the best way to keep it from getting holes

    • make sure its extra thick and not a cheapie,clear object from around u when inflating and laying it down and also when packing it up.I store mine in the vacuum storage bags when finished,they also come with repair kit so buy a spare.

  5. How to repair leak in air bed?
    I had a coleman air bed and I found the hold, but I cannot fix it. I tried to use tape but it didn’t work out. Does anyone have good idea to do this? Thank you. :)

    • use a pvc patch, you’ll find it in a bike repair kit. you probably have one anyway, most air beds come with a patch in with the instruction books.

  6. How to patch a hole on a suede top air mattress?
    I have these holes in my air bed. Being that the top is suede, nothing sticks. I’ve tried gorilla tape, crazy glue, and even the repair kit it was sent with. NOTHING IS WORKING

    Anyone know what to do?

  7. How to repair the “flocked” top of a Coleman air bed?
    I have seen all the answers to repair a hole it it is on the “plastic’ area of the bed, but I have a small hole on the ‘fabric’ side of the bed. Tried using duct tape, but the bed deflated. So, any ideas as to what type of tape to use that will hold on the fabric and cover the hole? Thanks in advance-J

    • I had this problem. I got a vinyl pool patch and used a thin coating of silicone caulk on it. While deflated, place a heavy object on the patched area to secure the patch. You need to leave it cure for a full day. Don’t use too much silicone or it will seep out around the patch and also secure whatever you have holding it down.

  8. How do I find the leak in my air bed?
    Came home at 4am last night to find my airbed looking like a sagging souffle. Great. It’s been good for 2 years but there must be micro leak somewhere. My bed has light fabric lining on the top.

    • All i think of ……is try putting it in the bath and seeing the leak that way before repairing,then drying. The inner-tube method(sort of)

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