How To Patch A Camping Mattress

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Written By Jay Clatworthy

Off Grid Camping contributor.

Preparing for a camping trip is quite exciting as you arrange all the items and equipment the trip will require. But imagine how you will feel when you get to camp only to find out that your mattress is torn with a gaping hole?

Although we advise campers to check and test run their items before they leave, we also know that even the most meticulous plans don’t end up as well as one would hope.

So how do you patch a camping mattress? Is a hole salvageable, or are you going to suffer a terrible night out in the wild while your colleagues are snuggling on their cozy mattresses?

Well, it will please you to know that you can path a camping mattress if you have the tools to get the job done.

Materials you need

Here are the materials you will need

  • A repair adhesive
  • Marker
  • Soapy Water
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

If you have these materials in place, you can patch your mattress before nightfall. These are the steps to take.

Step 1

Place the mattress in an open clearing where you can move it from side to side without any obstruction. Also, make sure that the area is dry. To prevent stains, place nylon on the ground or any other material before you lay the mattress.

Step 2

Look for the leak by pouring soapy water on the mattress. As the soap spreads all over the mattress, look for soap bubbles rising. You will have to make sure the soapy water covers the entire mattress s ensure that it is laid straight and bare. Dry that part and mark it with your marker once you see a bubble rising in any part. Now turn it over to check if the hole opens up on the other side.

Step 3

Once you have identified all the spots, wipe the areas clean with isopropyl alcohol. This action will remove dirt from the spot.

Step 4

Once clean, apply the repair adhesive over the holes or leak spots and make sure your cover regions are far above the affected spots. Do the same for all the holes, and don’t be economical with the application. When you are satisfied with the application, leave it to dry for about 8 hours.

Use Stitching

Alternatively, you can stitch the affected spots if you don’t want to use an adhesive. But be mindful of the needle you use and the mattress fabric. If the fabric is fragile, stitching is ill-advised, so we recommend the use of adhesives instead. 

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