Essential Inflatable Paddle Board Care (So Your Board Will Last For Years)

Are you taking good care of your inflatable stand-up paddleboard? Proper inflatable paddle board care is essential for maintaining the performance and longevity of your favourite toy.

This blog post will guide you through the essential steps in inflatable paddle board care to ensure that your iSUP stays in perfect condition for years to come.

If you’re in a hurry, I’ve provided a quick checklist below. If you want to learn more, keep reading!

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  • Rinse with clean water after each use.
  • Clean your board with mild soap and warm water regularly.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaners for stubborn stains.
  • Allow your board to dry completely, and apply UV protection before storing.
  • Store your board in a moisture-free, cool environment.
  • Check for leaks and damage regularly. Repair as necessary.
  • Avoid dragging your paddle board at all costs.

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1. Rinse with Fresh Water after Every Use

The significance of rinsing must not be ignored. Saltwater can cause damage over time if not properly removed from your iSUP.

Additionally, freshwater lakes and rivers can contain nasty little microorganisms that could lead to unpleasant odours and grime if left to grow on your board.

So always remember to rinse off your board before storing it away.

2. Clean Your Inflatable Paddle Board Regularly

Regular cleaning is essential for maintaining the longevity and performance of your inflatable paddle board.

Consider using natural biodegradable cleaners or mild soapy water if you encounter stubborn marks or stains on your board.

However, be cautious when selecting a cleaner – it’s important to employ non-abrasive PVC cleaning products only on the PVC material, but avoid using them on deck pads or areas with graphics.

3. Use Natural Biodegradable Cleaners for Stubborn Stains

Sometimes regular rinsing might not be enough to get rid of tough stains like algae growths or scuff marks from rocks.

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In these cases, natural biodegradable cleaners are an eco-friendly option that won’t harm the environment while effectively removing those pesky blemishes from your inflatable SUP’s surface.

To ensure proper care for the planet and your paddleboard, use an inflatable boat cleaner or popular eco-friendly soap to clean your board without causing any damage.

4. Dry and Protect Your Inflatable Paddle Board from Sun Damage

After a fun day of paddle boarding, it’s essential to properly dry your inflatable paddle board (iSUP) to maintain its longevity. 

Tips for Drying Your Inflatable Paddle Board:

  • Place the board in a shaded area to prevent direct sunlight exposure.
  • Allow it to air dry completely before storing or using it again.
  • Treat boards regularly with 303 Aerospace Protectant for protection against UV radiation effects.

5. Proper Storage Techniques

Storing your inflatable stand up paddleboard correctly during the off-season or extended periods of non-use is crucial for preserving its performance and durability. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Store flat bottom facing up: This position helps maintain the shape and integrity of the board while preventing any potential damage from occurring due to pressure points.
  2. Use moisture-absorbing dry packs: Pack away moisture-absorbing dry packs alongside deflated boards to protect against potential mould growth caused by trapped humidity within stored items.

6. Leak Detection and Repair

Inflatable paddle boards are durable but can still develop leaks over time. Detecting and repairing these leaks is essential to ensure your board’s longevity and performance.

First things first: detecting a leak.

To find the source of a leak, apply soapy water over your board while inflating it. Bubbles will form where air escapes, indicating the location of the leak.

Once the leak has been located, it’s time to begin the repair process. 

  • Clean and dry the area around the leak before applying glue from your repair kit.
  • Press down firmly on the patch for two minutes, ensuring excess adhesive is wiped away before allowing it to set completely (usually 24 hours).

Follow manufacturer guidelines when using specific repair kits or adhesives for best results.

If you notice moisture inside your inflatable SUP, don’t panic. This issue can be resolved by blowing dry air into your board using pumps or vacuum exhausts until its interior is completely dried out.

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7. Avoid Dragging Your Paddle Board

Sometimes you’re tired, and that paddle board seems heavy. But you want to avoid dragging it to prevent damage to the bottom surface (like scrapes, punctures and tears.)

This damage can be costly to repair. If you need help, offer someone a beer to help you carry your paddle board down to the water (this is a great way to make new paddle boarding friends!)

FAQs Related To Inflatable Paddle Board Care

How Do You Care For an Inflatable Paddle Board?

Follow these easy steps to properly care for an inflatable paddle board:
1. Rinse the board to remove sand and debris after each use.
2. Clean the entire board with mild soap and warm water.
3. Allow your board to dry completely.
4. Store the board in a cool, moisture-free environment away from sharp objects and direct sunlight.
5. Regularly inspect and clean the inflation valve and fin box

Is it Better to Store an Inflatable Paddle Board Inflated or Deflated?

It is generally recommended to store an inflatable paddle board deflated. Deflating the board reduces stress on the seams and materials, minimizing the risk of damage over time.

How Long Will an Inflatable SUP Last?

The lifespan of an inflatable SUP depends on several factors, including the quality of materials, usage frequency, and care. If you take good care of them, paddle boards can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years (or more!)

Before You Go…

By following proper inflatable paddle board care practices, your board can last a very long time. Here are some more popular paddle-boarding articles that I think you’ll be interested in!

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