Air mattresses for many reasons are a little vulnerable to problems and various types of damage. However, don’t let this put you off buying one; they have many pros, and it’s safe to say that there are plenty of top rated air beds for sale out in the market that is extremely durable. But don’t expect these mattresses to last as long as your high-density memory foam or organic natural latex mattress would. This is because an air mattress is designed in such a way that it is prone to problems, and as such you have to be prepared for appropriate repairs if and when faults occur.

The two most common faults are a) faulty pumps, and b) punctures. In this article, we will discuss the latter and the more common issue of the two which is finding and repairing holes. This repair process is usually not a complicated task and can be done by anyone with little hands-on experience.

Tools And Materials Required

  • Sandpaper
  • Vacuum
  • Bicycle inner tube repair kit
  • Rubber patch/contact metal scoring disk

5 Steps On How To Repair Your Mattress

Step One: Find Leak

There are many ways to find a hole in your mattress. One of the ways to do this is by using soapy water, which quickly identifies the leak by producing bubbles. Simply smear the exterior with soapy water and wait for results. Another somewhat clunky way of doing this is to submerge areas of the mattress in water and then spot where bubbles are produced, which will identify the leaking hole. Once identified, you should deflate the mattress.

Step Two: Sand and Score

This step is only necessary when the puncture is located in the flocked area which is on the surface of certain ranges. If this is so, then go ahead and gently sand away the surface that is flocked and extend all around the leak. This will allow the surface to be able to have an effective seal when it comes to repairing the puncture later on.

Step Three: Apply Contact Cement

This is the part that requires a bit of care. Following the instructions as provided in the bicycle repair kit, apply the contact cement around the surface where the leak was identified, followed by a dab of glue and allow to dry properly for adequate bonding. For best results, check the product application directions.

Step Four: Patch Properly

how to patch an air mattress After the cement is applied correctly as per the provided instructions, the rubber patch should be lined over the leaking area in question. Then press the patch firmly into the cement/adhesive to create a good bond. Remember that to remove any air bubbles which may restrict a perfect bond, you should rub the patch into the cement in small circular motions. Ensure that you have a good seal and that all corners and edges are adhering correctly.

Step Five: Inflate

Once the patch is successfully placed, secured, and dry, you can go ahead and inflate the air mattress slowly. To see how effective the repair has been, try a small amount of talc around the repaired area. If the repair is good, you’ll see no talc powder flying off. If the fix has been unsuccessful, there will be white powder blowing from the area in question.


No matter which part may be at fault, a repair can generally be made to it when damaged. Some air mattresses have been known to come with a repair kit, but again that depends on the affected area, for example, if a built-in pump breaks down, a puncture repair kit will be of no use. In a situation where the cause of the problem is due to the construction by the manufacturers, you should consider contacting them for a refund, exchange, or repair via the warranty process if applicable.

3 thoughts on “Steps On How To Repair An Air Mattress”

  1. My airbed had a puncture..I used super glue on it but it still leaks plus , around the punctured area feels so hot.
    What should I do

  2. Hi Kelly, thanks for this helpful article.
    I have a minor issue with the valve in air mattress.
    The inner flap that keeps the air from escaping while you blow it up is loose and the air escapes.
    So I have to over-inflate and quickly close the opening.
    The problem is, the more I over-inflate the faster the air escapes.
    I haven’t figured out how to prevent that inner flap from staying open.
    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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