Bounce houses are quite easy to manage if the proper ways are known. Once in a while, you might face difficulties managing it where you might require repairing and mending complex problems. But with proper skills and knowledge, fixing and mending those problems will eventually get easier.
Deflated bounce houses or one with wear and tear can all be repaired easily with a few tricks and skills. Patching them up without any potential damage can also help in the long run.
Problems that require attention;
- Deflated bounce house
- Wear and tear to the material
- Damage to the fabric
- The weakening of the texture
- The growth of bacteria and mold
Repairing A Bounce House
Repairing a bounce house can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. Down below I listed all the things that you have to do and keep in mind before you take the decision of repairing yours.
Deflated Bounce House
Damage due to chronic careless use of the bounce house can cause the bounce house to be flattened. In this case, inflate the object and look for any holes or broken seams to avoid any more deflation. Sew it up, and you’re good to go.
A bounce house may get deflated owing to the excess pressure put on it and also due to the poor quality of stitching. When excess weight is put on it, the seams get loose, and air easily escapes outside leaving the area deflated.
If it is left untreated, it gives rise to the possibility of deterioration of the bounce house.
Wear and Tear
It always happens that while playing too hard and also due to continuous jumping, the bounce house gets loose and is torn at the seams. To repair this condition, at first inflate the article to understand the natural texture and sew up the worn out area by a needle and thread and lock it all in.
Local sewing kits are available nowadays which can come handy in such cases. Not attending to a case of wear and tear can get the seams to pull off loosely and affect the durability of the bounce house.
Damage to The Fabric
In residential bounce houses, the fabric tends to get damaged due to chronic dirt accumulating over it. Children who play inside often leave food, juice, and other sticky stuff inside resulting in damage to the fabric.
In such cases, using a cleaning solution can help get rid of the dirt and also aid to save the fabric from damage. Damage can also result from sharp objects stuck inside resulting in tears and punctures. A quick inspection after a playdate should always be followed.
Fabrics of the bounce house tend to get discolored after using bleaching solutions to get rid of any unwanted growth. In such cases patching it up over the colored portion can always help. It will help to hide the discoloration and also might look unique in appearance.
A Weakening of The Texture
A bounce house faces a weakening in the texture of the fabric when damage has been done to the fibers inside for an extended period. In these cases, identifying the root cause and taking immediate steps is necessary.
The Growth of Bacteria And Mold
Not cleaning your bounce house over a prolonged time will eventually result in accumulation of bacteria and fungus and affect the durability and longevity of the bounce house. To solve this problem, regular monitoring of growth is necessary.
If the growth of mold has been noticed, use a bleaching solution and spray it directly over the infected area and not anywhere else around. After rubbing the mold off, rinse with warm water and pat it dry. In most cases, the area becomes discolored.
So make sure you do not use the bleaching solution anywhere else other than the desired area. Keep it under natural sunlight for a good 4-5 hours and do not keep the place wet for a long time in a closed space. This will interfere with moisture content and may favor the growth of mold and bacteria again.
Patching A Bounce House Up
Bounce house got busted? No worries, here are a few things you could do to patch that baby all up.
Gluing the Patch
Keep the bounce house clean and sanitize it well before gluing the patch up. Dust or any kind of dirt can interfere with the attachment so care must be taken in case of that.
A glue containing vinyl cement is used in such case to increase the attachment and making it stronger. Sprinkle the glue over the side of the patch that will adhere to the surface of the house.
Let it dry and press the patch with more pressure so that it attaches itself strongly. A glue patch is more easy to use as it requires less effort.
Sew the Patch
Use a sewing kit and sew the patch from inside using a thread and needle. Patching from the outside can interfere with the air pressure and cause slow inflation. So it is always better to patch from the inside. It is the next best solution after gluing the patch.
Benefits of Patching:
- Patching resists stains and spilled oils to accumulate and damage the object
- Is resistant to water and does not tend to damage the fibers of the fabric
- Does not come off from the surface even if the material is stretched which is highly beneficial in maintaining the quality
- Acts as an adhesive and prevents wear and tear
- Resists punctures and pulled off seams
- Hides discoloration due to bleaching of mold
- Acts as a protective surface over the fabric of the bounce house
- Protects from harmful effects resulting from excess sunlight
While bringing it to an end, it can be said that it is quite a tough job monitoring the damages and problems related to maintaining a bounce house. But adequate care and skillful knowledge in repairing the damage and preventing further problems can always turn out to be effective.
Keeping the bounce house clean, inspecting it from time to time and sanitizing it regularly can solve most of the problems. Patching it up when necessary, sewing the loose seams and inflating it once a while can also be extremely effective.
Maintaining the conditions of a bounce house will ultimately save you the trouble of bringing in an expert or a professional and help you solve your problems effortlessly.
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