How to Fix a Hole in an Air Mattress in 6 Easy Steps

Air mattresses are great for sleepover parties, camping, and guests out of town, but a pin-sized hole may deflate them. There is no way to recycle an inflatable bed since it’s constructed of PVC, which can’t be disposed of in a recycling bin.

It’s good to know that a little leak can be fixed quickly and easily by following these easy instructions for how to fix a hole in an air mattress.

Consider the possibility that a mattress deflates because of a puncture: Temperature variations, such as the furnace turning on or off at night, may also lead to a loss of pressure in the bloodstream.

How to fix a hole in an air mattress
How to fix a hole in an air mattress

When you need your air mattress the most, nothing is worse than watching it deflate. By patching up leaks and rips, most mattresses may be preserved. Find the leaks and clean the area around them to ensure that the patch adheres.

The leak may be temporarily sealed using duct tape until a more permanent fix can be applied. Your air mattress will once again be safe and pleasant to use once you repair the holes.

How to fix a hole in an air mattress?

Here’s a step by step guide on how to fix a hole in an air mattress, you will probably be able to do it yourself after going through this guide. 

How to fix a hole in an air mattress?
How to fix a hole in an air mattress?

Find the hole in your mattress

Without finding the source of the problem you can’t fix it right. So, you can use your hand to feel the area by following the hissing sound of air escaping and voila! You found the leak. 

If you are unable to do that, there are several methods to find the leak in your air mattress. The easiest method is to mix dish soap and water, put it in a spray bottle and then just spray the mixture on the surface of your air mattress. 

You will notice bubbles where the leak is. Another method is to inflate your mattress partially, and put it in a water filled bathtub and the air escaping from the leak will create bubbles in the water. 

After finding the hole in your air mattress don’t forget to mark it.

Patching Air Mattress

Most air mattresses come with a patch kit, in case you don’t have one you can buy it or make it yourself. If you have an unused or spare tire in your garage, you can cut out the inner tube in small pieces and use super glue to attach it to the hole.

I have explained the process of patching it in detail below. You can also repair it with just super glue without any patch kit if the hole is big enough. For example if it is cut by a knife, you can just glue it together.

Apply a degreasing agent

You may use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. In order to ensure that the patch adheres to the mattress, it is necessary to degrease it before applying it.

Follow the manufacturer’s directions for using the glue. Adhesives can also be used on the mattress and the patch to establish a tight seal; use a substantial quantity of adhesive.

It’s time to take a step back. The patch should be held in place with your hand or anything substantial for at least a few minutes after you’ve applied the adhesive and positioned it. To be safe, you may also allow the mattress to dry overnight.

Inflate the airbed when the adhesive has dried, and look over your work.

Gel Nail Polish

Applying gel nail polish and curing it with UV light is a popular way to fix a hole in an air mattress. It is useful only if you have a tiny hole and it can be covered with a drop of nail polish. 

  • After marking the leak, put a drop of gel nail polish exactly on the hole. 
  • Turn the UV light on at least for 20-30 minutes, it will cure the gel nail polish and make it solid.

*Do not forget to clean the area thoroughly before applying nail polish. Dirt can prevent the nail polish from curing properly. 

Use a Hot Glue Gun

Using a hot glue gun to repair a hole in your mattress may seem counterintuitive, but it works. The seal lasts approximately a week. It’s possible to attempt this procedure even without a repair kit:

Mark the location of the hole in your mattress. Warming up the glue gun is as simple as inserting a glue stick and turning the device on.

Use a Hot Glue Gun
Use a Hot Glue Gun

Seal the hole with a dab of hot glue, applied with a trigger squeeze of the glue gun. Inflate your mattress when the glue has had a chance to cool and examine the seal’s integrity.

Small holes that don’t need mending are better suited for this procedure. Please don’t make any more holes in the mattress by applying hot glue to it.

Use Duct Tape to Repair a Hole

You may also use duct tape if you don’t have a patch kit or any glue on hand to mend a hole in an air mattress. Apply a piece of the material big enough to cover the puncture and some surrounding area to the degreased surface.

Use Duct Tape to Repair a Hole
Use Duct Tape to Repair a Hole

To avoid repeating this repair due to a loss of adhesion over time, keep in mind that duct tape adhesive tends to deteriorate with time. If you don’t already have a patch kit or a strong glue, you may be able to mend the hole temporarily using this method.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it possible to repair an air mattress’s hole using duct tape?

Until you can get your hands on a more permanent solution, you may simply mend your air mattress with duct tape. Duct tape may be used to repair a hole in an air mattress. To repair the mattress rip, you must first find the hole, then clean the area and then correctly apply the duct tape.

Will a hot-glue mattress seal?

It’s better to use a repair kit specifically developed for the leaking vinyl air mattress, although hot glue may temporarily halt air leakage and fix the damage in an emergency.


So, I have mentioned the easiest way of how to fix a hole in an air mattress. The method really depends on the size of your leak and according to that you can apply different methods. But buying a patch kit makes it hassle free. 

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