How-To Guide

HOW TO INFLATE AND DEFLATE THE OUTDOORSMAN LAB ULTRALIGHT SLEEPING PAD

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN, REPAIR, AND STORE YOUR OUTDOORSMAN LAB ULTRALIGHT SLEEPING PAD

Sleeping pads are used outside, where moisture and humidity are always present. Therefore, to get the most out of your sleeping pad, it is important to properly clean and store it. While there is no guarantee that your sleeping pad will stay 100% moisture-free all the time, here are some tips for proper care that will help.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SLEEPING PAD

  1. Close your sleeping pad’s valves. Make sure it is properly latched to help keep water from getting inside your sleeping pad.
  2. Using a wet cloth soaked with non-detergent, mild soap, carefully wipe down the surface of your sleeping pad. Don’t forget to clean the nooks and corners of your sleeping pad. Do not machine wash or dry your sleeping pad - your sleeping pad cannot withstand machine cleaning and will be destroyed.
  3. Dry your sleeping pad on a flat surface with the valves open. You can also hang your sleeping pad, valve side down, on a clothesline or drying rack. To keep the finish in great shape, avoid drying it in direct sunlight.
  4. Once your sleeping pad is fully dry, store it outside the carrying sack. You can loosely roll your sleeping pad and tuck it in a cool, dry place, like a closet. Leave valves open during storage. Do not store your sleeping pad completely compressed for the long term. Loosely rolling it when not traveling will help preserve the foam and insulation.

 

HOW TO REPAIR LEAKS ON YOUR SLEEPING PAD

Leaks - yikes! None of us want leaks in our sleeping pads. Some leaks are so small you can’t see them. But here are some handy ways to locate leaks.

At Home - The Tub Method

  1. Inflate your sleeping pad.
  2. Fill a bathtub or large tank with water.
  3. Submerge the inflated sleeping pad in the water.
  4. You can see bubbles where there are holes in your sleeping pad. You can bend or fold the sleeping pad to increase the relative air pressure inside the pad - this will force and reveal even the tiniest, most stubborn holes.

At Home or At Camp - The Listening Method

  1. Inflate your sleeping pad. Make sure it is firm.
  2. Bring the sleeping pad close to your face. Starting from the top, squeeze the sides of the pad and listen for a hissing sound or wait to feel the air coming out from holes. Do the same process from left to right of the sleeping pad.
  3. Once you've reached the bottom or right side of the sleeping pad, flip it and repeat. You may need to do this step two or three times until you locate the leak.

A-ha! Leak located! What do you do next? Patch those pesky holes!

 

HOW TO PATCH LEAKS ON YOUR SLEEPING PAD

1. Inflate the sleeping pad.


2. Rub or spray with soapy water. 

          
3. Find the bubbles.         
         
4. Mark the leak.

          

5. Clean and dry the surface.

         

6. Spread fabric glue on and around the leak. For self-adhesive patch kits, no need to apply fabric glue.

          

7. Once glue is tacky, apply patch. For self-adhesive patch kits, firmly press the fabric patch over the area. Keep pressure on the patch.

         

If bubbles are observed near or at the valve, seal the area around the valve with fabric glue every 2 hours. Repeat 3 times. Let it cure for 6-8 hours before using the sleeping pad again.

I GOT MOLD/MILDEW ON MY SLEEPING PAD - HOW DO I CLEAN IT?

How does mold get into your sleeping pad? Over time, moisture that accumulates in the foam and insulation of sleeping pads can lead to unwanted mold growth. To avoid mold or mildew from growing on or inside, inflate and deflate your sleeping pad a few times after each trip.

If mold or mildew are persistent, consider the following steps below.

 

HOW TO CLEAN MOLD/MILDEW OFF YOUR SLEEPING PAD

  1. Make sure your sleeping pad’s valve is tightly closed.
  2. Wash the exterior of your sleeping pad with an odor eliminator like Gear Aid Revivex Odor Eliminator. This product is not intended to remove mold and mildew stains. Don’t submerge the valve in the eliminator.
  3. Wipe the valve clean and inflate the sleeping pad.
  4. Let the inflated sleeping pad dry under direct sunlight. For routine cleanings, we do not generally advise drying it in direct sunlight; this is a special, occasional treatment specifically for mold growth. The sunlight will help “kill” mold/mildew growth on the inside of the pad.
  5. After the pad is fully dried, deflate the sleeping pad and leave it unrolled overnight. 
  6. Repeat this process if mold or mildew remains.
  7. Once the sleeping pad is fully dry, store it outside its carrying sack. Store your sleeping pad on a flat surface or loosely rolled in a cool, dry place. Leave valves open during storage.

 

Didn’t find a leak? No worries – your sleeping pad comes with a lifetime warranty. We’d be happy to process your warranty claim – it’s easy! Send us a message at service@outdoorsmanlab.com

Have other questions? Looking for some camping tips? Reach out to us at service@outdoorsmanlab.com.