Maintaining and repairing an Air basic or Air comfort inflatable mattress at Decathlon

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We firmly believe that the life cycle of a product does not end when it gets damaged. This is why we offer solutions for properly using, maintaining and repairing your product, in order to extend its lifespan.

This AIR SECONDS mattress, which is comfortable and quick to inflate, is great for spending some great nights out camping. If you have a question or encounter a problem with this model (regardless of the size), this page is for you.

Using your air seconds mattress for the first time

How to inflate this mattress

It is really important to inflate your mattress to a good pressure.
Do not over-inflate in order to reduce wear and tear and avoid damaging your back, but inflate the mattress enough so that it is comfortable and allows you to sleep properly.

The ideal inflation of this type of mattress is a moderate inflation (0.02 BAR or 0.3 PSI) at which your bottom can feel the ground when you are seated on the mattress. When you are lying on the mattress, it conforms to the shape of the whole body, making you feel very comfortable.

You can inflate this mattress with our camping foot and hand pumps, but the valve does not work with an electric pump.

Added extra of this mattress: it inflates very quickly.

How to inflate your inflatable mattress

How to deflate and fold this mattress into its bag

Just open the cap of the mattress so that it gradually deflates on its own. To speed up the process, stand at the opposite end to the cap and press down on the mattress so the air comes out faster.

You can now start by folding it widthwise with 2, 3 or 4 folds depending on the size of the mattress. Then roll it up lengthwise so that it can be stored in its bag. Remember to close the cap.

How to sleep well on an inflatable mattress

As mentioned previously, the pressure of the mattress is the key to a good night's sleep. When seated, you should be able to feel the ground. When you are lying down, the air will spread evenly under your whole body.

There is no preferred way to sleep: you can sleep with your head at the valve end or at the other end; lie down as you see fit!

For maximum comfort, get a sleeping bag with the correct temperature rating, as well as a pillow.

How to stop your mattress from making noises

When you sleep, the sound of rubbing between the mattress and the ground can be annoying.
Do not over-inflate in order to minimise this problem.

You can also put a blanket or a sheet under the mattress.

How to optimise the insulation of your mattress

If you want to improve the thermal insulation of your mattress and get better protection from the cold and moisture of the ground, you can put a foam mattress or a survival blanket under your mattress, or a groundsheet under your tent

How to optimise the insulation of your mattress

Maintaining your air seconds inflatable mattress

Here are all the tips you need to maintain your mattress in the best possible way.The key to properly maintaining your mattress is the washing, folding and storage steps. You will find more information by clicking on the link at the bottom of the section.

Maintaining your Air Seconds inflatable camping mattress


With soap or washing-up liquid, gently rub the surface of the mattress to remove any dirt.
Do not dry your mattress in the sun but use a cloth instead.

Fold up

Follow all of our advice for folding your mattress in the previous section.


Mattresses are sensitive to heat and humidity. So, store them in a dry place at amoderate temperature.
If possible, lay them flat with the valve open.

Repairing your air seconds inflatable mattress


Your mattress appears to have a hole in it and you are probably wondering where the leak is coming from. Indeed, it is difficult to spot a hole in the mattress with the naked eye. Put some soapy water on the surface of the inflated mattress beforehand and wait for air bubbles to form showing you the correct location of the leak.

  • surface leak on Air Seconds inflatable mattress

    The leak is on the surface of the mattress

    You can repair your mattress with a patch. A kit is supplied with all our camping mattresses but if you have run out, click the link below.

  • weld leak on Air Seconds inflatable mattress

    The leak is at a weld

    You can apply a special glue to perform this repair, taking care to read the instructions for use.


Once the location of the leak has been identified, all you have to do is apply a patch to repair your mattress. The video below explains the entire process on how to perform this repair.

On a velvet covering (left part of the video), use the scraper provided in the kit and gently rub the surface so that the patch sticks to the material. Hold it in place for one minute.
On a plastic coating (right part of the video), apply the patch directly to the surface and hold it in place for one minute.

Repairing an Air Seconds inflatable mattress


  • faulty valve on an Air Seconds inflatable mattress

    The valve is faulty

    The mattress cap may be screwed on incorrectly, so that it is letting air out. So make sure that it is properly closed. If the valve is really faulty, you can easily replace it

  • Air Seconds inflatable mattress transport bag with hole

    The transport bag has a hole in it

    Is your transport bag faulty and no longer working properly? Check out our solution to the problem!

Compatible spare parts