Air mattresses are a little vulnerable to problems and damages. However, we can say that there are a lot of brands of air beds out in the market that are quite durable. But don't expect this mattress to last as long as your high-density foam mattress.
Because it is prone to problems, you have to be prepared all the time. Here are some tips on how to solve common air mattress problems:
1. Poor air retention
There is nothing you can do about it if the main cause of the problem is the construction. Some air mattresses have poor construction or poor manufacturing methods. This is why they do not hold air well. If your mattress came with a warranty, you should use the warranty and have it replaced or fixed. There could be damaged parts in the air chambers inside the bed.
If the loss of air is caused by a leaky area of the mattress, you should try fixing that damaged part. Most air beds have a repair kit included. Use that to patch the leaks. You can also try cutting a piece of vinyl fabric and use that to patch the hole. Just use a fabric glue to seal the hole.
2. The mattress slides
If the bottom of the mattress keeps on sliding on the floor, you can try placing a small rug underneath. This will prevent the mattress from sliding off. If the top of the mattress is a little slippery, try using bed covers that are made from cotton. They stay in place and they do not slide off.
3. The mattress is too low
If the thickness is not enough for you, you can try using a platform for your mattress. Have a simple platform custom-made for your bed. This will also provide better support for the air mattress.
4. The mattress smells bad
Most air beds have chemicals incorporated in them. That being said, they tend to smell like plastic when they are new. You should air it out for a few days. This will help get rid of the smell. You can also try sprinkling baking soda on the mattress. Baking soda works well in removing unwanted mattress odor. Let it sit there for an hour before vacuuming or wiping it off.
Also try washing the bed covers with scented liquid detergent. Use fabric conditioner if you must to remove the plastic smell of the bed.