How to Find a Hole in an Air Bed

How to Find a Hole in an Air Bed
Air beds are useful pieces of equipment during camping trips and can increase your comfort level dramatically when sleeping in a tent on rough or uneven ground. A hole in your air mattress is more than a minor inconvenience as the air slowly leaks throughout the night and you wake up on a completely deflated bed with a stiff neck or sore back. Finding a small leak in your air bed can be done quickly, and the hole can be patched using a patch kit or a piece of duct tape.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Cloth
Step 1
Fill a clean spray bottle with 2 to 3 cups of water.
Step 2
Pour approximately 2 tbsp. dish soap into the spray bottle. Replace the lid, and shake the bottle to mix the soap and water.
Step 3
Spray your air bed with the soapy water, and look for bubbles to appear. Air escaping at the hole will create soap bubbles when it contacts the soapy water. Pay close attention to the seams of your air bed, a common place for leaks.
Step 4
Wipe the soapy water away from the hole with a clean cloth and let your mattress dry before you attempt to patch it.

Tips & Warnings

If you are on a camping trip when your air bed springs a leak and don't have a spray bottle handy, try submerging your air bed in a natural body of water and watching for bubbles.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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