Waking up with bunched folds of deflated rubber beneath you is a less than ideal way to greet the new day. If you find yourself with a flocked air bed that has suddenly gone saggy or flat, there is a puncture lurking somewhere on its surface. If you held onto the patch kit that came with your mattress, or if you have a department store or sporting goods retailer nearby, you can fix the hole in a matter of minutes, and it should be ready for use within hours.
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Things you need
- Dish soap
- Spray bottle
- Flocked air bed patch kit
Locate the hole in the mattress if you haven't already. This can be done by spraying a mixture of dish soap and water onto the mattress, pressing down gently and looking for the formation of bubbles.
Rub the area around the hole gently with sandpaper if it is on the flocked portion of the bed. Continue rubbing until the flocks have been removed to reveal a smooth surface that will bind cleanly to adhesive and patching material.
Wash the area near the hole to remove any dust or residue that could prevent the patch from forming a tight seal. Allow the air bed to dry completely before attempting to patch it.
Cut out a circular patch from the patching material included in the kit. Make the patch 3/4 to 1 inch larger than necessary to cover the hole.
Apply the patching adhesive to the area where you will be placing the patch, and let it sit until it feels tacky. Some patch kits include patching material with an adhesive backing instead of a separate bottle of adhesive, so skip this step if your patching material is sticky-backed.
Smooth the patching material over the hole, pressing firmly across the patch to ensure that there you don't leave any air bubbles.
Allow the patch to dry for the time specified on the kit.
Tips and warnings
- Consider keeping an extra patch kit around the house so it is handy if your bed develops another leak.
- If the first patch fails to seal the hole, cut a second patch that is 1 inch larger and adhere it to the mattress on top of the first patch.
- If the hole in your bed is large enough that adhesive may leak through it when applied, hold the sides of the bed apart while it dries so they do not fuse.
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