Air mattresses are a convenient extra bed for guests or for use when camping, but they do sometimes spring a leak. This is a guide about repairing an air mattress.
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I have an air mattress and have got patches, but how do I find the leak?
By Leona from Lawrenceville, GA
My advice is similar to Foxrun41's. Make a small basin of soapy water. Wipe it over your air matress and look for bubbles. When you see them, mark the spot with a pen or marker. Dry the air matress thoroughly and patch where you marked. Best to you!
I have an Ozark Trail air mattress that will not hold air. Is there someplace I can take to have it checked out? I live in Wisconsin, the closest city would be Marshfield, Wisconsin. I could also go to Rapids or Eau Claire.
The mattress is a queen size with a frame.
We have had Ozark Trail air matresses before and they used to come with a patch kit. If ours started leaking, my husband would take it outside and put it section by section into a large plastic storage tote of water with a little dish soap in it (it needs to be at least partially blown up for this). Squeeze each section while it's being held underwater. If you see bubbles coming from it anywhere, there's your leak. Just patch it with the patch kit. If you don't have a patch kit, you can buy a bicycle tire patch kit. Of course you shouldn't dip the area where the batteries insert if it has batteries. Some of the self-inflating matresses have batteries in a small compartment in the mattress. If you don't want to bother with that, maybe you are friends with a tire changer at the tire sales businesses such as Big O Tires, A1 Tires, or Les Schwab Tires, etc. They could do the same thing but it would cost a lot more.
Pat T in Ocala
I have an Aerobed with a hole in the seam. I do have the repair kit, but this will not stick to the "material" side. The leak is not on the bottom that has vinyl
By Diane from St. Joseph, MO
Goop is perfect for air mattress's and the only answer for seam leeks no patch needed and flexible but strong and way better than patch kits.
We have an air mattress with a leak somewhere. Where do we get repair kits? I have already used the one that was included when we purchased it.
Try using a waterbed patch. You can buy them at most stores like Wal-Mart, K-Mart.......wherever you can find water filler kits. Waterbed patches are a "cold" adhesive patch.
My air mattress is leaking air, but I can't find a hole anywhere! I think it may be the built-in pump. I can hear a hard piece sliding around inside my air bed, and thinking maybe the pump broke off inside? My mattress will fill up and hold air, but it leaks rapidly. I have to add air every hour to keep from sinking to the floor by morning.
Has anyone had this issue or know how to fix it? Please advise!
Where can you purchase a replacement cap for an Ozark Trail twin elevated air mattress?
By Katya R.
By Poor But Proud05/03/2013
I would google the company but here is another idea. I once sealed a waterbed with a medicine bottle screw on cap. Sometimes, the easiest solutions are right in your own home. Try spice, meds, soda caps or other things around the house. Good luck.
Can an air mattress be repaired when the ribs have come undone, and it inflates with a big bubble?
I have a Coleman airbed with built in pump. How do I find a leak and patch it?
It's the same method as a bicycle tube... fill the air mattress with air. Spread a thin layer of liquid soap all over the mattress. Immerse the mattress in water. Press down on the mattress and watch for the bubbles coming through the soap. You can just immerse it in water, but I found the soap made it easier to find the leak. I put the mattress into a kiddie pool full of water... worked really well. I found the hole in just a few minutes.
There's a tiny hole in my air mattress and I don't have a patch. Is there anything else I can use to patch the hole?
By J.C. from Nashville, TN
Where can I find an air bed plug?
There is a hole in the top side of my air mattress (fuzzy part). Is there a way to patch this hole?
My queen size inflatable mattress had one chamber inflated more than others. Why, and how do I fix? Should I deflate and start over?
I have a Coleman air mattress with built in air pump. The air mattress stayed inflated for 3 months then started to leak. There is no hole. I believe it is leaking around the air pump that is built in. How do I find out for sure where the leak is and how would I repair it?
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Does anyone know how to patch a full size inflatable bed mattress successfully? Duct tape has slowed the leak, but the mattress has a flocked or velvet vinyl top, and air is seeping from under the layers of duct tape.
Marieve from Charlottesville, VA
By Glinda (05/15/2006)
By Randa (05/15/2006)
Can anyone tell me how to find leaks in air mattress beds?
If you do end up getting a new one, the old "flat" has lots of uses. I cut the vinyl off of one to make the bottoms of dog beds for our labs. I also have an old one in the back of the Suburban to protect the carpeting! (08/24/2005)
Flip the mattress over and try the other side. Then stand the mattress up on its edges and cover the edge with the paper, moving and rotating until you have covered the whole mattress. For the corners, just hold the paper in place in a way that tightly covers the corner. I had an expensive air mattress with built-in pump and velvet top with a hole it it, so we didn't want to use water or soap on half of the mattress, and none of the other methods worked. Tissue paper made the tiny hole quite obvious even on the corner of the mattress. One small patch later (patch kit came with the mattress) and the mattress works perfectly, no need to get an expensive replacement. (11/16/2007)
By Shane Clark
By Mary Ellen
Next, move mattress to a very dry area and wipe down outside of mattress with a towel. Next, rotate the mattress, and shake it, so the water inside hits every part of mattress.
Next, completely examine outside of mattress for wet spots. There's your hole! :) (12/01/2008)
How do I repair a leak in a Coleman air mattress?
Shelby from Rio Rancho, NM
While the soapy water technique may work, it's messy and you have to remove the traces of soap before you can patch. I recommend fully inflating the mattress, then checking the entire surface with: water moistened hand, sound, a piece of wrapping tissue, anything that will alert your senses to the leak. Generally, start with the valve and then the seams (however, both leaks I've repaired have been in "field" areas). Some sites recommend using a bathtub to check for leaks, but this is unwieldy for the larger mattresses and you probably run the risk of creating new tears or punctures in wrestling it through the bathroom.
Once you've found the leak, use the recommended patch kit if you have it. Since the Coleman bed is constructed of PVC, and the holes were pin-sized, I didn't even use any patching. I used a Q-tip to thoroughly clean the area (about 5/8 inch circle) with purple PVC primer, then with the other end of the Q-tip, pressed PVC cement into the pin-hole two or three times. If bubbles are escaping through the cement, hold your finger over the hole for a few seconds.
Don't know if this would be effective for rips or tears, but it's been effective for the tiny leaks I described, and the repairs are almost invisible. (11/06/2008)
By Tony S.
I became somewhat on an expert on these fine examples of "made in China" quality bedding. I have owned a few as they help my back problem heal fast. The usual leaks are around the 3rd recess in and 4th down, just get a towel and turkey baster, pour water in that recess/ dimple, and it will be there or close, on the seam where they vulcanize the inner baffles to the surface.
Pour some water in that dimple I described or the ones around it, and you will see a seam leaking from the bubble flow. Mark it with a marker pen and then remove water with the baster, then towel dry. I have a old bed I cut patches from, as its best to use same material, purchase some "3M Vinyl" cement in a tube, spread on patch then apply patch ( after deflating mattress) place a small board under area, place a weight on patch and leave 24 hours, and its ready to go again. If the Chinese space suits are made by same folk who make the Coleman air mattresses then I think we shall see a lot of dead Chinese astronauts a float in deep space next few years. (01/23/2009)
By Jack H.
How to find a leak in a air mattress with tissue paper?
I have a fairly cheap air mattress. The one I have has a leaking valve, the large plastic outlet valve. The valve cover turns and instead of locking, keeps turning and the air escapes from this loose fitting.
I am using an air mattress for a bed until they can solve a medical issue. I will blow the air mattress up each evening, and in the morning it is softer. I assumed it was a leak. Is this normal that the mattress will lose a little air each day? Any help would be appreciated.
I have an Aero mattress and had a hole in it. I had a bicycle patch on it and it seemed to work, but now my mattress seems to have a slow leak. I tried the soapy water in my spray bottle, but didn't see any bubbles. I can still see the slit under the plastic patch.
What's the easiest way to check for pin holes in a air mattress?