How to Patch a Bounce House Correctly, the Easy Way

How to Patch a Bounce House Correctly, the Easy Way

Bounce House Damage is Scary, But Fixing it is Easy

At some point, your bounce house is going to suffer damage. Maybe it’ll be an accident, or maybe it’ll just be general wear and tear. But at some point, hopefully long after you’ve brought it home, it’s going to happen. And knowing how to patch a bounce house is going to be a lifesaver when that unfortunate day arrives.

Thankfully, patching a bounce house is a relatively straightforward process, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, either. Using vinyl repair kits and tools, you can repair your vinyl crossover inflatable or commercial bounce house fairly easily.

These repair tips will work on any of your inflatables, too. You can use these simple steps to repair a bounce house, an inflatable water slide, a slip and splash slide, an inflatable obstacle course, or inflatable games. And patching rips and tears in your party tents is very similar, too.

Important Note: To learn more about repairing torn or damaged seams, long tears, heavy shredding, or other serious bounce house damage, please read through to the very end of this article.

Step 1 - Clean the Affected Area

First things first, we’ll need to thoroughly and vigorously clean the damaged area, including the area surrounding the damage. Be careful not to cause any rips or tears to get bigger, of course. We’ll want this area to be thoroughly clean before attempting to apply adhesives, vinyl cement, or stitching. Read this to learn how to clean a bounce house.

Step 2 - Prepare Your Patch

Ready to patch your bounce house permanently, now? Great! Let’s start by cutting out a circle or oval of vinyl patch material. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but you need to avoid leaving corner edges on the patch, as these will come loose over time a lot more quickly than a rounded edge will. You’ll of course want your patch to be large enough to cover the entire affected area, with a little overlap to ensure the patch material can be securely glued to the bounce house.

Step 3 - One More Quick Cleaning

Next, we’re going to clean the affected area one more time, as well as our patch material, using a non-acetone cleaner, like rubbing alcohol. Thoroughly clean both the affected area and the patch, and give it a little bit of time to dry.

Step 4 - Apply the Vinyl Cement

Once everything is dry again, apply some HH-66 or SX-69 vinyl cement to both your vinyl patch and the material around the area you’re patching. You don’t need huge gobs of vinyl cement here. Just use a thin layer. Now just use a seam roller to press the patch firmly onto the bounce house, ensuring there aren’t any bubbles or loose bits, and then apply some pressure for a few minutes.

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When you’re done with this step, check the patch over and make sure every side of the patch is stuck down firmly. You may need to give it another round of cementing, rolling, and pressure to make sure the full patch is seamlessly connected to the bounce house.

How to Patch a Bounce House the Quick (but Temporary) Way

Should you spot damage while the bounce house is in use, you may want to give it a quick fix, then patch the bouncer properly after your party. In this case, you’ll want to use some vinyl repair tape. It’s a good idea to keep some vinyl repair tape on hand just in case of emergencies like this.

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Simply apply your vinyl repair tape over the affected area, then use a seam roller to press it down firmly, eliminating air bubbles. This temporary fix should hold up for a few hours of bouncing, but it won’t last forever. You’ll definitely want to patch the bounce house correctly as soon as you can and prevent even more damage down the line.

How to Patch a Bounce House with Serious Damage

Not all bounce house repairs are going to be as easy as gluing on a simple patch. Knowing how to patch a bounce house damaged at its seams or with large shreds or gashes is more involved. But thankfully, it’s only slightly more difficult than patching, and it’s not too expensive either.

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To fix serious damage and damaged seams, you’ll need to use a sewing awl kit and sew the bounce house back to health. This process is a little challenging at first, but there’s really no better way to fix damaged seams or serious damage. It’s a lot cheaper than paying for shipping and sending your bounce house off for professional repairs.

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Elicia Wetstein
Dec 27, 2022 06:38
We have recently started our bounce house rental business. These repair tips are so helpful to know! Such a good idea to keep the vinyl repair tape on hand for quick repairs. And so reassuring that the party can still go on even if a quick problem crops up. Thanks a ton
Dec 27, 2022 06:53
Happy you found this helpful. Congrats on the new rental business! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything from us!
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