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How Do I Fix a Swell in My Air Mattress?

Updated April 17, 2017

How frustrating it is to take out your air bed for an upcoming camping trip and find a big bulge that you know will soon give way! The best fix for this frustrating turn of events is a good patch that will reinforce the spot and prevent the weak area from leaking or bursting.

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  1. Deflate the air bed in order to repair the bulge.

  2. Ensure that the patch is the right size for the bulge. It should cover the entire swollen area plus at least another inch and a half on all sides.

  3. Liberally spread the repair glue onto the back side of the patch. Let the glue sit for a few minutes until it is tacky (sticky to the touch).

  4. Apply the patch to the bulged area. Working from the centre of the patch outward to its edges, remove any air bubbles by gently smoothing and pressing the patch.

  5. Let the glue dry completely before inflating the mattress for use.

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Things You'll Need

  • Glue-on air bed patch
  • Air bed repair glue

About the Author

Sarah Hulslander has been a freelance writer since 2005, covering topics such as natural medicine, cooking and calligraphic arts for various websites and other online sources. She specializes in writing about music and the performing arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Whitefield College, studies piano performance and pedagogy with a master teacher and teaches piano in her home studio.

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