How To Winterize Your Inflatables (So They Last Longer!)

Seasonal maintenance of your waterfront inflatables will help you avoid unnecessary repairs & significantly extend the life of your investment. Take the time now to properly prepare your inflatables for winter and ensure a trouble-free opening day!

Cleaning Directions

  • Remove inflatables from the water and place on a clean surface, such as a tarp or clean plastic sheet. Make sure the area underneath is free of sticks, rocks or any sharp objects
  • Using a hose and soft brush or cloth, wash inflatables with soapy water and sufficient elbow grease to remove dirt, sand and other small particles. Use Aurora Speed Clean for tough stains
  • This is the perfect time to check for any damaged areas or leaks that need repair. Small bubbles will accumulate on the surface where air is leaking through. Use colored chalk or a grease pencil to mark areas that need repair or patching
  • Check all valves to ensure they are clean and free of any debris or foreign objects
  • Rinse the inflatable with fresh water and allow to air dry completely
  • Apply 303 Protectant to restore and maintain a like-new appearance. It will repel soiling and staining of the vinyl and keep it supple. We recommend applying 303 Protectant prior to winter storage. Apply 303 Protectant to all sides of the inflatable and allow to air dry completely before storage
    • We also recommend applying 303 Protectant at least once per month during the season or as needed depending on use and water clarity.  Apply to all sides and allow to air dry completely

Minor Repairs

  • At the end of the season, inspect all surfaces, fasteners, valves and other parts for damage or normal wear and tear
  • Order spare parts NOW to ensure availability for next season
  • If you find a minor hole or leak, please refer to your Pro Maintenance Kit with Detailed Repair Manual. If you do not have a copy of our Repair Manual or have further questions, please feel free to call us at 877-896-8442 for more information
  • Fall/Winter is the best time to do any repairs. You will have one less thing on your to-do list at the start of the season

Storage Directions

  • Deflate the product, preferably using reverse mode of an electric pump or shop vacuum, ensuring that all air is removed
  • Fold the inflatable into the desired storage width (usually in thirds) and roll it up
  • Wrap the inflatable in the original carrying bag or a protective cover, such as a tarp and secure tightly with rope or straps
  • Store the product out of direct sunlight and protected from the environment in a clean, dry place. It is best to store it inside a container with moth balls to prevent rodent damage
  • Never store in a damp location directly on concrete
  • Never store at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) or in an area with broad temperature fluctuations.
    • If this is unavoidable, store in an area where inflatables will not be moved until the time of installation

What NOT to do With Your Inflatables

  • NEVER drag your inflatable over a rough surface. it will create holes and leaks, especially where it is folded
  • NEVER use high-pressure cleaning equipment such as a pressure washer on your inflatables. it will damage the vinyl

2 Responses to “How To Winterize Your Inflatables (So They Last Longer!)”

  1. Mike on

    I sometimes lose the air valves inside the cover and then have to reach in to try and find them is there a way to keep those easily accessible so they don’t fall back into the cover

    • Kelsey Silbar on

      Hi Mike,
      One of our recreation specialists will reach out to you directly to help answer your question.
      Thanks for your inquiry!