How to Fix an Aerobed Air Leak

Written by kimbry parker
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An Aerobed mattress is ideal for camping, to use when you have company or to put in your child's room for a sleepover. Developed in the early 1990s, Aerobed air beds are quick to inflate and deflate. Sometimes an Aerobed mattress will develop an air leak, perhaps through a puncture or rip to the vinyl. It's important to fix this leak at first sight so your Aerobed is still usable. All Aerobeds come with a vinyl repair patch kit that is used to fix an air leak.

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Things you need

  • Sponge
  • Rag
  • Aerobed vinyl repair patch kit
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Locate the spot of the leak. To find a leak that is not obvious, sponge warm, soapy water over the mattress, then inflate the Aerobed completely. You will notice bubbles starting to form in the spot where the puncture is located. A leak can also be detected by simply listening for a hissing sound where the air is being released, or running your hand over the surface to feel for a spot where air is escaping.

  2. 2

    Soak up any moisture from locating the leak with a dry rag. Deflate the mattress completely, then wipe the area surrounding the leak with a rag dampened with warm, soapy water. Go over it with a clean, dry rag, then let it air-dry completely before repairing the leak.

  3. 3

    Cut the included vinyl patch to the right size to fit over the puncture hole. Cut the patch so it is ½ inch larger than the hole.

  4. 4

    Spread a layer of the enclosed glue on the patch, then spread glue all around the spot where the puncture or hole is located. Apply enough glue to cover an area on the mattress that is ¼ inch larger than the vinyl patch.

  5. 5

    Let the glue set for one minute. Place the patch on the hole. Press the patch firmly into place for 10 seconds. Rub the patch from the middle toward the outer edges to release all air trapped beneath it.

  6. 6

    Let the patch set for at least an hour before inflating the Aerobed.

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