How to Fix a Bubble in an Air Mattress

A green air mattress against a white background.
What You'll Need
An air pump
A remote control (if you own an electric air mattress)

If you've recently discovered a bubble in your air mattress, you're probably wondering how to go about fixing the problem. While many people might simply purchase a new air mattress in response to this issue, you don't have to. With a thorough instructional guide at your disposal, you'll be able to fix mattress bubbles in a timely and stress-free fashion. Read on to learn everything you'll need to know.

Step 1 - Prep Your Mattress

Before you can go about fixing the bubble, you must first prepare your mattress. This step is a simple matter of removing any sheets, blankets, or comforters from your mattress and locating the bubble. As an added precaution, if you own an electric air mattress, it might be a good idea to unplug it. Do not attempt to locate the bubble before the mattress has been properly stripped, as you are liable to mistake it for a wrinkle in your sheets. Larger air bubbles can usually be identified without much effort, but you may have to carefully inspect your mattress to locate smaller ones. Once your mattress has been stripped and the bubble has been identified, you will be ready to proceed with the next step.

Step 2 - Apply Pressure to the Mattress Bubble

Now that you've located the mattress bubble, it's time to begin getting rid of it. Use your hands to gently press down on it to pop it. Next, twist off your mattress's nozzle cap to allow air to seep out of the mattress. Alternatively, if you own an electric air mattress, you may use your remote control to deflate the mattress, instead of removing your nozzle cap. While the mattress is being deflated, make sure that you continue applying pressure to the bubble. Keep pressing down on the bubble until it has been fully popped. Do not attempt to put air back into your mattress until you're positive the bubble is gone.

Step 3 - Re-inflate Your Mattress

Having rid yourself of the air bubble, it is now safe to re-inflate your mattress. This is usually a simple matter of attaching your air pump to the uncovered nozzle and inflating the mattress until it reaches a suitable level of firmness. Once the mattress has received a sufficient amount of air, remove your air pump and quickly reattach your nozzle cap, taking care to allow as little air to escape as possible during the transition. If you own an electric air mattress, this process is even simpler. Just push down on your remote control's "inflate" button until the mattress's consistency is of a preferable firmness. Enjoy a comfy night's sleep on your freshly bubble-free mattress.

An air mattress is handy to have when camping or receiving guests if you don't have an extra bed or a futon, and learning to fix issues like bubbles and leaks can ensure yours has a long life.