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How to Fix a Hole in an Air Mattress Without a Patch?

Air mattresses are a convenient and versatile bedding option, perfect for camping trips, unexpected guests, or even as a space-saving solution at home. However, accidents happen, and sometimes these air mattresses develop holes or punctures.

The good news is that you don’t necessarily need a patch kit to fix a hole in your air mattress. In this article, we’ll explore various methods to mend your air mattress without a patch.

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1. Super Glue and Tissue Paper or Duct Tape

Fix a Hole in an Air Mattress with Super Glue

Deflate your air mattress and ensure the surface around the leak is clean and oil-free. Cut a piece of tissue paper larger than the puncture hole.

You can apply a small amount of super glue around the leaking spot, then gently press the tissue paper onto it. Hold down for a while, or use a hair dryer on low heat to reinforce the adhesion and leave it to dry.

If you use duct tape, cut a piece to fit over the puncture and press. You can add another strip of tape onto the first layer to reinforce. Allow it to dry before inflating.

2. Hot Glue and Fabric Adhesive Bandage

After deflating the air bed and ensuring that the puncture hole area is clean, oil-free and dry, plug in the glue gun to warm it. Then run a thin, smooth layer of glue along the puncture gently and slowly.

You can cut a strip of fabric adhesive bandage. Gently attach the sticky side of the bandage onto the glued area to seal.

You can also apply another layer of hot glue over the edges of the fabric adhesive bandage to secure it. Leave the bed to air-dry for some minutes for the hot glue to set and bond with the bandage before testing.

3. Rubber Cement and Cotton Nail Polish

Rubber Cement

Do you have rubber cement, a cotton ball and nail polish? Simply apply rubber cement around the puncture spot and give it a few minutes to dry.

See if it’s tacky to your touch. If yes, stretch out the cotton ball to create a thin layer. Then place the stretched cotton onto the rubber cement covering the leak.

You can apply more rubber cement onto the cotton-covered leak to reinforce the cotton and create a stronger seal. Allow it to dry before running a layer of nail polish over the repaired area to seal the cotton and the rubber cement completely.

4. Use a Silicone Sealant

Prep the surface around the hole and apply clear silicone sealant over it. You only need a small amount of the sealant for a neat repair.

Using your fingertip, gently spread the sealant over the hole, ensuring it covers evenly. You can also place painter’s tape, wax paper, or a strip of plastic wrap over the area with the sealant. This will prevent accidental contact and stop the silicon from sticking to other surfaces. 

5. Use a Sticker

A sticker can help fix a small puncture or a tiny hole in your airbed. You need ensure the sticker is larger than the hole, and simply peel the backing off to reveal the sticky side.

Carefully press the adhesive side of the sticker onto the hole, covering it entirely. Check for air bubbles and wrinkles. If any, start pressing from the middle part of the sticker and work outwards.

6. Trust Rubber Band


Try rubber bands if the puncture hole is tiny and you have no glue or other adhesive. A nylon piece or an old tight with similar elasticity can also be helpful.

Just pinch, pull, and secure the fabric surrounding the puncture hole using a rubber band. You can still stretch and tie an additional rubber band over the fabric to strengthen the seal.

7. Use a T-Shirt

Do you have an old t-shirt instead? Use that to fix the leak on your airbed temporarily. You can grab your t-shirt and cut a piece of it. It should be a bit larger than the puncture hole.

However, before sticking them together, apply super glue to the surface area around the leaking hole and the back of the cloth. 

8. Bicycle Inner Tube Patch

You can create a patch using your bike’s inner tube. Just cut a piece of it in a round or oval shape. It should be generous enough to cover the leak hole and overlap a little.

Apply glue over the leaky spot and slap the patch onto it. Remember to add more glue around the edges for a good seal.

Better still, you can use your bike’s repair kit to fix your airbed. These kits often come with patches and glue sufficient for your inflatable mattress.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use these methods for other inflatables, like pool toys?

Yes, these methods can be applied to various inflatables.

How long do these fixes last?

The durability of the fixes depends on the method used and the size of the hole. Some methods offer temporary solutions, while others can provide longer-lasting repairs.

Can I still use an air mattress with a small hole?

Yes, with a small hole properly fixed, you can continue to use the air mattress without significant issues.

Are these methods suitable for large tears?

Some methods may work for larger tears, but it’s generally recommended to replace the mattress for significant damage.

How can I store my air mattress to prevent future holes?

You can store the mattress in a cool, dry place away from sharp objects and direct sunlight.

Can I use regular tape instead of transparent adhesive tape?

While regular tape might work temporarily, transparent adhesive tape is specifically designed for this purpose and tends to provide better results.

Is it safe to use super glue on an air mattress?

Yes, as long as you allow the super glue to dry completely before inflating the mattress.

Are these methods suitable for all types of air mattresses?

These methods are generally effective for most types of vinyl or PVC air mattresses. For other materials, consider using appropriate adhesives or repair kits.


As you can see, repairing your airbed without a patch kit is possible. You only need some essential items and time to do it. Super glue, rubber bands, duct tape, silicon sealant, a sticker, cotton and nail polish, or even an old t-shirt can fix the air mattress hole sometime. 

Author: Jessica

Jessica is a lover of both life and gardening. She loves to share his passion for both on social media. He often posts about his latest gardening projects, as well as tips and tricks for others who might be interested in starting their own gardens. She also frequently posts about the different aspects of his life that he enjoys, from spending time with friends and family to exploring new places.

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