Repairing Punctured Inflatable Toys Using Household Items

Gone are the times where your only poolside accessory was a humble inflatable pool ring. Pop superstar Taylor Swift changed the inflatable pool toys landscape during the summer of 2015 when she posted an image of herself lounging on a magnificent giant swan inflatable.

Things have never been the same since. Inflatables have become iconic symbols of summer, and people are no longer content on buying cheap pool rings or lilos. Instead, they are spending more money than sense on gorgeous and thematic inflatables that adds an unrivalled element of fun to pool days.

Repairing Punctured Inflatable Toys Using Household Items

Repairing Punctured Inflatable Toys

However, there is a hidden cost that no one seems to want to acknowledge – inflatables can get punctured – and quite easily. Back in the day, if your pool ring got a puncture, you would just buy a new one, because they were so cheap. You obviously can’t do the same with a £50 giant doughnut or golden dragon.

Fear not though. We have a solution. If you find yourself in a situation where your inflatable pool ring has a hole, you can use these five common household items, to patch up your precious inflatable in just an hour.

What You Need

  • Gloves
  • Marker Pen
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • Super glue

Step 1: Locate the puncture

Inflate the pool ring and submerge it underwater. Look out for air bubbles which will indicate the spot of the puncture. Use a finger to mark the spot, and dry the area using a paper towel. Use a marker pen and draw a small circle around the puncture site.

Repairing Punctured Inflatable Toys Using Household Items

Step 2: Temporary Patch

Cut out a small strip of adhesive tape at the ready, so you can ask someone to pass it to you when you’re ready to inflate the ring again.  Blow up the inflatable again and quickly seal the puncture with the tape. Make sure you use very strong tape, such as duct tape or brown tape, which will keep the puncture covered for longer.

Step 3: Permanent Patch.

Put on your gloves as you will be dealing with super glue which can be nasty to get off if you get it on your fingers. Cut out another piece of adhesive tape, but a slightly larger one than the first strip (preferably 25% larger). Then, inflate the pool toy again.

Get someone to help you at this point, as one of you should be holding the sticky tape, and the other holding the super glue. Hold the sticky side of the tape up, and use the glue to spread over the surface of the tape. Then, very carefully, place the new patch on the temporary patch. Firmly apply pressure for a couple of minutes for the glue to set.

Repairing Punctured Inflatable Toys Using Household Items

Step 4: Let it dry

Leave the pool ring somewhere to dry at room temperature, but do not leave it outside in the sun, as direct sunlight can cause the glue to expand and crack before it fully dries.

And voila! You’re all done!