How to Patch a Flocked Air Mattress

How to Patch a Flocked Air Mattress
Flocked-top air mattresses provide a soft, velour-like material for a comfortable sleep. The sides and bottoms of flocked mattresses are vinyl. Like vinyl-topped mattresses, flocked air mattresses are prone to punctures and tears. You usually discover these when you wake up on a deflated air mattress. Patch your leaky flocked air mattress by performing a five-minute repair.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Air mattress repair kit
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Marker
  • Towel
  • EternaBond tape
 
Step 1
Use a flocked air mattress repair kit to fix the top of the mattress or a vinyl air mattress kit to repair the sides or bottom. Most camping stores sell repair kits, although the flocked air mattress kits are harder to find. If you cannot find a flocked repair kit, purchase a vinyl one instead. The two products work the same; the only difference is appearance.
Step 2
Fill a spray bottle with soapy water, made with liquid dish detergent.
Step 3
Inflate the mattress to an extent the leak allows.
Step 4
Spray the dish soap over the entire surface of the mattress to find the leak. Look for bubbles caused by the leaking air blowing through the dish detergent.
Step 5
Mark the leak with a marker so you do not forget where it is.
Step 6
Dry the area in need of repair with a towel to remove the soapy water.
Step 7
Apply the patch kit glue over the leak, according to the repair kit directions. If the leak is on the flocked area of the mattress, apply a little extra glue than recommended, for better adhesion. A repair with a kit tends to need the extra glue to work on the flocked material.
Step 8
Place the patch over the glue according to the repair kit directions. Rub the patch firmly in place.
Step 9
Use EternaBond tape to repair the leak if the patch kit does not work. EternaBond forms an instant and permanent bond to most surfaces, excluding silicone, making it a popular product with RVers and boaters. The tape is sold at RV supply stores. For an instant repair, cut a piece of tape that is slightly larger than the mattress puncture and firmly press the tape over the leak.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
If the damage to the mattress is so large that the mattress will not inflate, lay the deflated mattress flat on the ground and apply a piece of EternaBond tape over the puncture. Results will vary depending on the severity of the damage.
 
Other types of adhesive repair tapes might work in a pinch, to temporarily repair an air mattress leak.
 
You can use a vinyl pool repair kit in place of an air mattress repair kit.
 
Large tears in air mattresses or rips in the seam are difficult and sometimes impossible to permanently repair.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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