Your inflatable paddle board will go through a lot. Being the only thing between you and the water, it’s bound to take on some bumps and bruises along the way. That’s why it’s important to take care of your board to help it last as long as possible.
Below, we’ll go over how to clean paddle boards, how to store them, and how to repair them.
How to Clean an Inflatable Paddle Board
Step 1. Rinse
Before you start applying any products, give the entire board a good rinse. You want to remove and loose dirt. If you paddle in fresh water, you only need to rinse your board when you’re giving it a proper clean.
If you’re paddling in salt water, however, you’ll need to rinse your board every time you use it. The salt can weaken your board over time, so washing it off regularly can make it last longer.
Step 2. CleanYou should avoid using anything with chemicals when you clean your board. Any natural, biodegradable cleaner will do the job – even the soap you use at home.
To help remove stains, however, you might want to use something a little more tough. Scrub gently so as not to damage the material.
Step 3. Rinse Again
Rinse the board down again to get rid of any residue, then dry it completely with a towel. Leaving it wet can cause bacteria and mould to grow, which will damage your board. Make sure it’s completely dry before putting it away.
How to Store an Inflatable Paddle Board
Deflating Your Paddle Board
There are plenty of benefits to an inflatable paddle board, one of which being easy storage. There are a couple of ways that you can do so, one of which being to deflate it.
Once deflated, you can roll up your paddle board and pack it up into its storage bad. Be careful not to roll it up too tight, though, as doing so can damage the seams.
Can I Leave My Paddle Board Inflated?
Yes! You can leave your board inflated, but make sure you leave it somewhere out of sunlight and away from anything that could damage it. This includes any kind of weather, so ideally, leave it inside.
Over time, your paddle board will lose pressure, so when you next use it it’s best to check whether it needs a top up.
How to Repair an Inflatable Paddle Board
You’ll likely get a fair amount of wear and tear on your paddle board, but damage like tears and leaks can easily occur, too.
You can easily spot whether you’ve got a rip in your paddle board by rinsing your board with fresh water. If bubbles appear, that means there’s air coming out, so you’ll need to patch up this area.
Deflate the board, clean the area, and dry it. Then, simply apply a few layers of glue and attach a patch of PVC that liberally covers the leaking area. It’s that simple!
If you do need to repair your board, make sure you wait at least 24 hours after the repair to re-inflate and use your board again. You need to make sure you’re giving the glue plenty of time to set properly.
If you need a professional repair, we recommend SUP Services.
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Have a look at our range of inflatable paddle boards and see for yourself the great quality you could be facing the water with.