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How to maintain your inflatables

5 STEPS

Inflatables are a great way to have some serious fun on the water. These are outdoor items, though, so some normal wear is expected. But if you take proper care of them and stay on top of any repairs, they’ll last you a long time.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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Follow the directions

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble and inflate. 

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Dry thoroughly before deflating

When you’re done, drain all the water from your wet inflatable, but keep it inflated until it’s completely dry. 

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Deflate completely before storing

Ensure all the air has been removed before you fold your inflatable for storage. To evacuate the air quickly, walk around on it. Then fold all the pieces inward and compress the fabric as you roll it up tightly to expel any remaining air.

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Patch leaks when it’s dry and deflated

If you need to patch a leak, do so while it’s deflated. Clean and dry the area you need to patch, then cut a patch from the material in the provided patch kit. Be sure to cut the patch with rounded corners. Apply the patch to the inflatable and smooth out any bubbles. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before inflating for use. Additional patch kits can be purchased from the manufacturer.

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Store indoors during the winter

When the seasons change and it’s time to put your inflatable into storage, find an indoor location, such as a garage, to protect it from extreme conditions.