Inflatable mattresses are not as durable as the traditional beds but these mattresses have an impressive longevity because almost all parts are replaceable. If you need some tips on how to repair, patch, fold and deflate and clean your airbed this article is for you.
Managing your airbed is not that difficult anymore. Check our guidelines below to be guided accordingly.
How To Inflate Inflatable Mattress
To make airbeds usable, we need to inflate it but the process depends on the model of the unit. Some inflatable mattresses are equipped with a built-in pump that makes the process easier. You just need to turn the knob to “inflate” to accomplish the process.
Inflating With A Pump
- Open the valve cover.
- Insert the pump nozzle in the hole or valve opening. This process applies whether you are using an electric pump or a manual one. The pump should make a tight seal with the valve.
- If using an automatic pump, turn it on by plugging it into a power source or by powering it with a battery.
- If using a manual pump, then start pumping. Manual pumps come in hand and foot pump. It is not as convenient as the automatic pump as it needs manual labor.
- Close the valve. When the mattress is already firm, remove the pump and screw the valve or hole cap back.
Inflating Without A Pump
If you don’t have a pump, do not worry because there are still several ways to inflate your airbed.
- Use your hairdryer – Hairdryer is one of the most popular methods in inflating air mattresses without a pump. Just turn it on and hold it against the open valve to start filling your bed with air. The process could be slower but it is effective. When using a hairdryer be careful to use cool air. Inflatable mattresses are made from plastic or vinyl, so you should keep them from heat. Otherwise, it will melt or deform.
- Bike or tire pump – Any device that can blow air can help you inflate your bed. So, your bike or tire pump will work too but achieving a tight seal around the pump nozzle can be challenging. If you are using this method, you can get a suitable adapter nozzle or increase the width of the pump’s existing nozzle.
- Vacuum cleaner – If your vacuum comes with a “blow” function, in addition to its default “suck” function so that is usable. If you have the ordinary home vacuum, you can convert it to enable it to blow air instead of sucking it. To do this, just remove the bag and connect a long and narrow cleaning nozzle to the hole where the bag was originally attached. The air will shoot out of this nozzle to inflate your mattress.
- Garbage bag – Open the plastic bag and swing it up and down to catch plenty of air. Gather the open end of the bag to trap the air and bring it to the mattress’ air valve. Transfer the air by squeezing the bag. Repeat the process as needed.
- Use your breath – If you can’t find any material to help you inflate your airbed then use your breath. Wash the valve with soap and water to keep the air hole clean. Take a deep breath, pressed your mouth into the air hole and exhale. Repeat the process until the bed is firm.
Now you know how to pump inflatable mattress using the different means available in your household. So don’t fret out if you don’t have a pump because
How To Deflate Inflatable Mattress
The process of deflating your mattress also depends on the model of your unit, similar to inflating it. Some are equipped with automatic inflate and deflate. However, if you have to do the process manually, follow the steps below.
- Open the valve cover. Once the air hole is open the mattress will begin to deflate.
- Fold or roll to force air out. When the mattress is on its mostly-deflated state there is still air inside that you have to remove manually. You can force the air out by folding or rolling the mattress from the end opposite to the air hole.
- Vacuum – If you want to speed up the deflation process, use a vacuum to suck the air out.
How To Repair Inflatable Mattress
One of the most common issues among inflatable mattresses is leaks. When your airbed leaks, no matter what the cause is, your sleeping experience becomes uncomfortable. A pinhole leak, for instance, could wake you up in a flat bed the following morning.
So, here are some tips on how to patch inflatable mattress to revive your airbed’s condition.
Locate the leak – The first thing to do is find the leak. In most cases, this is the most challenging part as finding it is not really easy. Make sure that your airbed is fully inflated before doing any of the five different methods below.
- Check the valve – The valve is usually placed right next to the air pump. It looks like a detachable plug, which you usually remove when deflating your airbed. The valve is one of the parts that are difficult to repair so if yours is defective, call the manufacturer for a replacement.
- Stand the mattress up and search for leaks– Most of the time; leaks are at the bottom of the airbed due to accidentally leaving things underneath. Once the bed is ready listen for hissing sounds. You can also wet the back of your hands and run it 2-3 inches over the mattress. If there is a leak it will quickly evaporate your wet hands making it feel cool. Repeat this process in all the sides of the mattress.
- Use soapy water – Soapy water is one of the most effective ways in searching for leaks. Just fill a small bucket with water and a few drop of dish-washing liquid. Use a sponge and wipe the surface of your mattress. Star near the valve, at the seams, underside, and top. When you see bubbles you have already found the leak. Wipe the soap away and let the surface dry.
Mark the leak – Once your leak is identified circle it with a pen or marker. In this way, it will be easier to find when you do the next step.
Clean dry the surface – Before you add a patch make sure that the surroundings of the leak are clean and dry. This is to ensure that the patch will stick to the mattress well.
Cover it with a patch – Make sure that the airbed is completely deflated when doing this step. Some manufacturers include a patch on their repair kit. If you don’t have it, you can purchase one in outdoor stores. If the leak is small, patches made for cycling should work. When buying, make sure that the patch kit works on plastic or vinyl. The size of your patch should have at least 1-2 centimeters extra from every side of the hole. To apply, read the instructions that come with it and follow it.
If you don’t want to buy one, then you can have a DIY patch. A duct tape can work as a temporary fix or you can cut a malleable plastic like your shower curtain to improvise one. Attach it with glue and make sure to use a strong and reliable adhesive like the superglue, KrazyGlue or Gorilla Glue.
Leave the patch – It will take 2-3 hours for the glue to complete dry after attaching it to your mattress. You can also place a heavy object at the top of the patch to keep the pressure.
Inflate the mattress and check for leaks – After adding the patch, it is time to test if there are still leaks. Inflate the mattress overnight and check it the following morning if it still deflates. If no air escapes, then your airbed is ready for use again! Congratulations!
How To Fold Inflatable Mattress
In most cases, we fold our inflatable mattresses after using it because we don’t have enough space at home or maybe because we are using it outdoor during camping. Either way, we need to fold it properly so it will fit in its storage bag accurately.
Here are some guidelines to fold inflatable mattresses properly.
- Deflate – First, you have to open the valve to release the air. Depending on the design of your airbed you have to manually or automatically deflate it. Inflatable mattresses with built-in pumps are easier to deflate; you just have to turn the controller to “Deflate.” If you have to do it manually, then you can lay on your bed to help press the air out.
- Fold up the sides – Once the inflatable bed is fully deflated start by folding the sides.
- Roll it – Roll it like a sleeping bag towards the valve to ensure that all air will be removed.
- Store it – You can place it in its carry bag and store it in a dry place for safety. Most inflatable airbeds come with a storage bag for this purpose.
How To Clean Inflatable Mattress
Inflatable mattresses need to be maintained as well. You have to clean it as often as possible or after every use. Otherwise, insects might bite it and cause holes. Your mattress will leak and this is what inflatable mattress users hate the most.
So, to lengthen the lifespan of your airbed, here are some tips for you.
Use a vacuum – Eating is a big no-no in your bed. However, there are times when it is more fun sitting and talking with your friends while binging on your favorite chips on your inflatable bed. Perhaps, during overnights or camping. Thus, star your cleaning with a vacuum. Just sweep the vacuum across the surface. Make sure that all debris is collected.
Wipe with alcohol – Moist a cloth with alcohol and wipe the airbed. Scrub the areas with stained.
Rinse the air mattress – Soak the cloth in clean water and wipe the inflatable bed again to clear the alcohol and any remaining debris.
Air-Dry the mattress – After rinsing, allow the inflatable mattress to air-dry completely by placing it outside under the sun.
After cleaning the inflatable mattress, if you will not use it, fold it properly and place it in its carry bag. Store it in a dry place.
Cleaning Mold and Mildew
Putting the airbed under too much moisture will result into molds and mildew. If you encounter this problem, here are some solutions for you.
- Wipe the airbed. Use a dry cloth and wipe off the mold or mildew.
- Expose it under the sun and let the mattress air dry.
- Use alcohol and warm water. Mix isopropyl and warm water and use a sponge to apply the solution over the top of the air mattress affected with mold and mildew. Some use vinegar, instead of alcohol for molds.
- Apply disinfectant. Disinfectants will kill the spores lingering over the fabric.
Cleaning Urine-stains And Odor
- Remove the sheets. Remove the wet sheets and blot out the excess fluids.
- Apply an enzyme-based cleaning product. Gently spray this substance over the fabric on the top air mattress. This will help digest the uric acid crystals from the urine stain.
- Apply baking soda over the stain. When the urine-stained area is already clean, pour some baking soda over it. Let it set overnight.
- Vacuum the baking soda the next morning.
Do these tips in inflating, deflating and cleaning an inflatable mattress help you? Do you have additional tricks to make these processes easier? Share it with us in the comment section below.
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