Despite the models described in more detail and the purchase criteria, many interested parties and users still have some questions on the subject of airbeds. We now want to answer these questions in detail one after the other.
How to set up an Air Bed?
The structure of an inflatable bed is often described in detail by the manufacturer in the enclosed instruction manual. Normally, however, the following steps must be carried out: The first step is to choose a dry surface with no sharp edges or objects. If the air bed is to be installed indoors, the surface in the apartment or house must be vacuumed or cleaned shortly before installation. If one wants to place it in the outside area, pointed sticks, stones and comparable objects should be removed in the first place. The inflatable bed should then be completely unfolded. Now pump it up to the desired degree of hardness. Even if the inflation is not done with a manual but with an integrated pump, it is important to stay on site. Another tip: It is best to set up the air bed a few hours before using it. This allows it to get used to the ambient temperature and to expand properly. Then you can pump a little more air, which gives the inflatable bed extra stability. If the bed is to be moved again after it has been set up, it is recommended that another person be added to the inflatable bed.
Can people with very different weights sleep on an inflatable bed?
On continuous, large air beds it can happen that two people of different weights do not spend the night so comfortably. Because the heavier person pushes the air up a little on the side to which the lighter person sleeps due to their weight. Both may be slightly sloping. However, inflatable beds with some air chambers and bars are very stable. Even on a large resting area, people of unequal weight can sleep comfortably. The amount of air that is pumped into the bed creates additional stability and the right degree of firmness.
How quickly is an air bed inflated?
It depends on some aspects how quickly you inflate an inflatable bed. First of all, the air pump is important. With a mechanical pump, inflating takes much longer: for small beds it takes about ten to 15 minutes and for particularly large models between 20 and 25 minutes. An electric pump is used to inflate the air beds more quickly: It takes two to four minutes for smaller beds and between six and nine minutes for larger ones. In addition, integrated pumps cannot be connected. Pump performance also plays a decisive role when inflating an air bed. For mechanical pumps, this depends on the size of the airbed and your own muscle power. Electric pumps with a higher wattage generally produce more power. However, the power consumption is also higher. Finally, the amount of air is also relevant here. Single beds require less air than double beds. Versions with numerous air chambers need a little more time until they are well filled.
What to do if the inflatable bed loses air?
If air escapes the bed, for example at night while sleeping, it can have different triggers. First of all, you should make sure that the inflatable bed is designed for the current load. The provider will indicate the maximum possible load in kilograms. In addition, the material may have cracks. With special glue it is possible to repair smaller cracks. Manufacturers often supply the appropriate repair kits. In the long run, however, you should consider buying a new airbed. In addition, the seams can stretch on models that are particularly inexpensive or have been inflated too much. If the material and the seams around the valve are reinforced, the inflatable bed already keeps the air better inside.
Can an air bed be used permanently?
It is certainly possible to sleep on an inflatable bed for a longer period of time. However, the other beds are superior to the airy models, because the material wears more quickly when used continuously and these are not ideal for the back permanently. There are differences in comfort depending on stability and size. However, it is possible to sleep well on an air bed for two to three weeks.
Does it make sense to take an inflatable bed with you into the water?
Mainly an air bed serves as a comfortable and practical sleeping opportunity. For this reason it is not intended to be taken into the water. For safety reasons and to continue to enjoy the inflatable bed, it is advisable not to use the resting area in the water. It should also be noted that contact with water in an airbed with an integrated electric pump is life-threatening. To inflate or deflate the bed, it must be plugged into an electrical outlet. If there is still water in the console or at the valve, a short-circuit can be caused and thus injuries. Some suppliers point out that their processed materials are water-repellent or water-resistant. This makes it possible to use the inflatable bed on a more humid surface, such as a terrace, balcony, beach or camping site. However, this does not mean that the airbed is suitable for use in and on the water. In addition, many seams are not impregnated and therefore do not have any additional protection against moisture, as this is not necessary for normal use. The inflatable bed is always exposed to the wet element on the water, whereupon the seams are affected. It cannot be ruled out that water may penetrate into the sleeping accommodation in this way.
Is there more sweating in an air bed than in an ordinary bed?
How intensively a person sweats at night depends on the respective metabolism. Although surfaces made of velour, latex or PVC hardly absorb perspiration, many suppliers of inflatable beds also use water-repellent materials. That's why you don't sweat any more, but you can perceive the liquid more easily. It is recommended to use an underlay on the air bed: A mattress protector or cotton sheet absorbs sweat and other body fluids, which increases sleeping comfort. In addition, a protective layer prevents the formation of mould by organic material in depressions or seams in the long term.
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Is an air bed suitable for allergy sufferers?
An inflatable bed is not only suitable for people who are allergic to mites and house dust, it is also suitable for them. This is because mites do not simply settle on this impermeable synthetic surface. In addition, the air bed should be ventilated and well dried after use. This also prevents the formation of mould that would cause irritation.
How can an air bed be cleaned?
It is possible for an inflatable bed to be soiled by skin flakes, hair, body fluids, sand or dust and soil from outdoor use. It should therefore be cleaned regularly. The first thing to do is to clean the airbed of loose dirt, such as hair, sand or dust. For this purpose, it must be shaken out vigorously. For deeper seams or recesses on the inflatable bed, it is best to use the vacuum cleaner at a low suction level. Next, wipe the airbed with a wet microfibre or cotton cloth to remove light dirt. Use a wipe and a detergent or other mild detergent. This makes it possible to remove even the most stubborn stains. The grease dissolving power of the agent and a little more friction are often sufficient for this. However, it is not recommended to use acidic and sharp cleaning agents, as these damage the material. Acids make PVC and rubber porous. It is also possible that hygiene sprays contain such material-damaging substances. In addition, when cleaning, do not exert too much pressure and do not rub too hard, otherwise the material will become thinner in such places. It is also important to observe the instructions in the manufacturer's instructions for use.
How can an inflatable bed be folded properly?
A correctly folded air bed is easy to stow away. Depending on the variant, the resting area is rolled up or folded up. First, the inflatable bed is well ventilated after use so that it can dry properly. This is especially true if it has been used outdoors or for camping. Moisture can cause mould and mildew stains to form on the airbed when packaged. The air bed should never dry inflated in the sun, because the heat inside expands the air and can cause material damage. An airy place in the shade is therefore more suitable. It is important to let the air out of the bed completely. Particularly in versions with integrated electric pumps, the Empty function does not always allow all the air to escape. Therefore, the valve must be opened when folding the air bed. It should always be rolled or folded so that the corresponding valve points to this side, which is not folded in. The movements made during this process also help the last remaining air to escape from the bed. It is important that the material is folded carefully. If necessary, press lightly on the air bed with the back of your hand. The folding edges should not be bent hard. It is also not recommended to help with objects, as holes can occur. It is also important not to fold any areas where the console of the integrated pump or valves are located so that these areas are not damaged under any circumstances. Here, too, you should familiarise yourself with the instructions in the supplier's instruction manual in order to fold the air bed correctly.
What is the best way to store an inflatable bed?
An optimal storage location for an airbed is a suitable transport bag or a large drawer or cupboard compartment. The first thing to do is to fold the inflatable bed properly. Then store it dry at room temperature. This prevents mould and mildew stains on the material of the air bed. The inflatable bed should not be trapped. In addition it is to be noted that no sharp edges or objects press on the air bed. This prevents the formation of holes during storage. It is also important to protect the inflatable bed from sunlight so that the material does not become porous or fade. An external air pump should be stored in a dry place to prevent moisture from entering the unit and causing short circuits. In this context, it is also advisable to follow the manufacturer's care instructions.