According to the research conducted at AirBeds4Less, 80% of all air bed problems are from accidentally punctures. However, many times, an improperly pumped air mattress can be mistaken for an air leak. You need to make sure that your air mattress actually has an air leak before returning it. If it’s just a case of air maintenance, find out how to keep your air mattress from deflating.

So how do you find a leak in an air mattress?

One member at has a well explained video that tells you this. Below contains transcripts excerpts of the relevant sections in the video. If you want to watch the entire video, you can do so right at the bottom.


When It’s Not A Leak

Like all inflatable products, air mattresses will lose a little air if there’s a temperature change. Mainly at night, when the furnace kicks off, the air inside the air mattress will get colder. There’s really no way to prevent this from happening, unless you get a space heater and you put it next to the air mattress from a safe distance…which will keep the air inside nice and warm.

When air mattresses are brand new, they can stretch up to 5 inches, so make sure you allows sufficient time for your air mattress to stretch out completely before your first use. If you don’t allow stretching, it may seem like it’s getting soft when really it’s just stretching out.


Finding The Leak

Step 1

finding the leakYour air mattress should never lose this much air, if you’re sinking down this much, there’s a good chance that you have a puncture.

When trying to find out where your air mattress is punctured, I always suggest starting at the bottom. We found the majority of air bed punctures happen on the bottom. This can be because you inflate it in an office area where there might be staples or slithers embedded into the carpet.

Step 2

how to find a leak in an air mattressSo what I first suggest doing is get your ear, 2-3 inches away from the air mattress, and simply listen for a slow air leak. If that doesn’t work, go ahead and lick your lips, get moisture of them, and scan it again, 2-3 inches away from the air mattress, trying to feel any cold air coming from the bed. I find that those two steps, are usually enough to find the hole.

If you’re certain that the puncture is not on the bottom, so continue with those two strategies on the sides, and even the top of the air mattress.


Another Method Of Finding A Leak

bubble methodHere’s another very useful method of finding a leak in an air mattress. It’s simple yet effective, as demonstrated by one user.

All you need is some water mixed with soap or body wash, and use a soft brush or sponge to dab around the edges and seams of the air mattress, and a quiet whistle with a large bubble should form wherever the leak is located.


Patching The Leak

Step 1

deflating the air mattress.If your air mattress is punctured on any area where the flocking material is at, you’ll need to get a soft wire brush or sandpaper, and strip this flocking off of the air mattress. How you do that is deflate the air mattress, get the surface nice and wet where the patch is going, and simply scrub it away from the vinyl. Now you need to make sure that the flocking is completely off of the air mattress where the patch is going, so that the patch can seal nice and tight, and securely to the air bed.

Step 2

cleaning the surface.The items that are needed to prepare your air mattress for the patch, are a pair of scissors, your patch kit, a 10lb or heavier weight, diluted all-purpose cleaner, and a towel. Try to stay away from paper towels as you scrub the air mattress, it may leave some fibers behind and it won’t secure the patch tightly.

So the first thing we want to do to prepare the air mattress for the patch is clean the surface. Take some all-purpose cleaner that’s highly diluted, you just need enough chemical in there to remove any oils or dirt. Just lightly spray the surface where the patch is going to be, and scrub it dry with your towel, making sure that the entire patch area is completely dry.

Step 3

Now what you want to do is take one of your patches, and cut a circle patch that’s big enough to cover where the puncture is. I have a small hole so I went about an inch tall all the way around, and I’m going to show you how to patch with adhesive glue.

So what you do is take the glue that comes with the patch, and I like to go heavy on the glue, and I just make sure that the center where the hole is, has plenty of glue, and I just spread it around so that the entire surface of the patch has glue on it. Now it might spill out the sides because there’s too much, but that’s a good thing.

Step 4

patching the leakThen what we want to do is take the patch, lay it over the punctured area, push down on it and ensure that the glue gets a nice seal. Once we’ve laid the patch, then what we’re going to do is take your weight, and we’re going to set it on there. Now most people recommend at least 2 hours before inflation, I would say at least 6-8 hours before you use the air mattress again. That will ensure that the patch is there to stay.


Demo Video

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