HOW TO REPAIR YOUR SLEEPING PAD
Sleeping pads are crucial to getting a good nights sleep if you are a camper. They keep you up off of the hard ground and allow you a little bit of comfort. If your sleeping pad is damaged, you can usually fix it in a straightforward way.
There are a few steps that you need to follow to get ready to fix your sleeping pad. These include:
You will not need too many things to fix the leak, but you will need a few things, including:
Finding the location of the leak is probably going to be the hardest issue you face while trying to fix your sleeping pad. This is where your water, soap, sponge, and marker are going to come into play.
You are going to need to follow a few steps to find the leak.
Fill a tub with water and add just a little bit of soap to it.
Blow up your sleeping pad with air.
Take your sponge and slowly wipe soapy water onto the pad. You should begin to see tiny bubbles appear on the surface of the pad where the leak is.
You will then need to mark the spot of the leak and dry the pad.
If you cannot find the leak by using this method, then you should be able to find it by completing placing the pad into the water and slightly squeezing it in different areas until you spot the leak.
Preparing the pad for the fix is easy. There are just a few steps to follow.
Rinse any soap off of the pad and make sure it is completely deflated.
Make sure the pad is completely dry.
Wipe the area of the leak clean with rubbing alcohol.
Wait a few seconds for the alcohol to completely evaporate.
To fix the leak, you apply whichever type of patch or adhesive you are using to seal the hole. You need to make sure that it is applied firmly so that it does not begin to leak again.
After you have applied your fix, you need to fill the pad with air once again to make sure that it is no longer leaking. If you do not see it leaking then leave it inflated for a few hours to make sure it does not begin to leak over time.
If your pad is still leaking after you have followed all of these steps, then you may have to seek help elsewhere. Your sleeping pad manufacturer may do repairs to their pads or even send out replacements. If they do not, then they may know a place that will fix it.
Sleeping pads are important to your backcountry comfort, so do not wait. Get your pad fixed.
In an age when everyone seems to be locked to their small blue screens, I am vehemently passionate about getting more people outside to enjoy the wonder of nature. I grew up with the outdoors on my doorstep, and when I headed off to university I picked a degree in geology that allowed me to spend a lot of time outside on field trips! Over the last 30 years, I have camped or hiked through the wilderness on 5 continents. I hope my posts are informative for both the grizzled veteran and the complete novice alike.