Duct tape works well for air mattress holes if you don’t have a patch kit on hand. The adhesive on duct tape isn’t permanent, so you may have to periodically repatch the hole to keep it sealed. It’s a quick fix and may work until you can find a more permanent solution. It’s also worth mentioning that duct tape tends to lose its grip after a few uses.
Gluing works better on seams than patching
There are many types of glue, and some will dry quickly and others will take a while to dry. A heavy object may be required to keep the patch in place. The glue should be allowed to dry in a well-ventilated area. Then, apply a small amount of glue and press the patch down. Allow the glue to dry for at least two hours. A hairdryer can be used to speed up the process, but be sure to check the glue’s label before using it.
Before you begin patching the hole, you must clean the surface of the air mattress to prepare it for glue. Make sure that you use a gentle cleanser, and make sure to leave about a half-inch of space around the hole. Then, place the patch over the sanded surface, overlapping it so that the patch will adhere to the mattress. If you don’t follow these steps, you may end up ruining your mattress.
Duct tape not made to permanently bind to plastic
Glue is another option for patching air mattress holes. While some glues bond quickly, others can take hours to set. If your patch takes more than an hour to dry, place it on an ironing board to help it stay flat. Apply the glue generously to both sides of the hole, and wait at least six hours for the patch to set. This will ensure a tight seal.
To use duct tape for patching an air mattress hole, be sure to thoroughly deflate the mattress before beginning. Any leakage will prevent the patch from sticking properly. Clean the area around the hole using a cleaning cloth or tailor’s pencil to avoid leaving fibers and dust. Make sure to leave at least one inch of material around the hole. If the hole is too small, cut extra duct tape so that the patching material can cover the whole hole.
Sound of air escaping
If you want to patch an air mattress hole, you may hear a hissing sound, which means that there’s a leak. If you can’t see the hole, move the mattress to a quiet room and listen closely. If you can hear the hissing sound, try moving your hand over the mattress to feel if you can feel air escaping. If you can’t see the leak, you can use someone else’s hand to press down on the mattress. The air will hit the surface of the mattress faster, so it may be easier to hear a leak.
You can also use a wet hand to feel where the leak is. To do this, hold your hand just below the hole. The air will start to escape when your hand reaches it. This method is slightly more time-consuming than using a hand to detect a leak. However, it may be faster and simpler if you use a small spray bottle of soapy water instead. The best way to find the leak is to try both methods.
Feel for air escaping
If you suspect that your air mattress has a hole, the first thing to do is to inspect the seams and vertical sides of the mattress for leaks. Air leaks are usually found near seams or valves, so you can feel and hear for them. The evaporation rate of your skin will increase as you feel the air escaping. In some cases, holes may develop on the bottom side of the mattress, which is especially vulnerable to sharp objects.
Once you have located the air leak, you can patch the air mattress. Make sure to choose a patch that is larger than the hole. The patch should cover the entire hole and the bottom layer. Do not use cheap glue or duct tape for this process, as these can damage the mattress. Instead, use strong glue such as rubber cement or gorilla glue. The patch should be completely dry before you sleep on it.