How to Carry Out Minor Cosmetic Repairs.
Bouncy Castle (of commercial strength) are extremely robust. But, if your inflatable is in need of repair, the chances are that is has been caused by adults jumping on a childrens’ unit. Always ensure that childrens’ units are not being used by anyone over the age of 12, and more specifically no-one taller than the inside walls. Ensure that every customer signs the disclaimer and that they check the inflatable over with you when you deliver and then again when you collect. Therefore in the ecent of any damage being caused during the hire, you are able to claim back any repair costs, directly from the customer as they signed agreeing this condition.
The procedure to attach a new patch is as follows:
1) Deflate the unit.
2) Throughly clean the area to be patched.
3) Ensure the repair area is flat.
4) Cut the patch (larger than the damaged area) with no sharp areas. (Circles work best).
5) Apply the glue to both patch and damaged area. Ensuring you do not spill any on your inflatable.
6) Leave until the glue goes tacky (around 10 minutes).
7) Place a piece of paper on top of the now adhered patch and then a large towel or rag on top of this.
8) Place a heavy weight on top of this and leave for 1 – 2 hours to bond.
Using thread to sew:
You will need some thread (buy some from your ususl manufacturer), a large needle and some pliers or grips.
1) Deflate the unit.
2) Pinch the wound together to form a lip.
3) Weave the needle and thread around in a circular fashion over and under USING THE PLIERS OR GRIPS TO FORCE THE NEEDLE THROUGH THE FABRIC of the lip to hold it together.
4) Come backwards with the needle and thread to lock.
For anything beyond a mere cosmetic repair you will need to return your inflatable to your local repairer. Most manufacturers carry out a repair service. If you make an appointment, it can be done while you wait. Some companies offer a “mobile repair service” which can be very useful in the busy summer months.
Article prepared by Mark Jerram for the BIHA.
23rd April 2009.