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Your Basic Guide to Deflating Bounce Houses the Right Way

Posted By : Gary Simon Date Created : February 15th, 2022 Date Updated : February 15th, 2022

So, you’ve had your fun renting out the bounce house, your event is a success, and now it’s finally the dreaded time for packing up. It’s important to deflate any inflatables properly. Otherwise, you risk wasting a perfectly good bounce house purchase by damaging it in the process.

Thankfully, it’s not difficult to do if you follow the right steps.

1. Make Sure It Is Clear of Any People and Debris

The first thing you need to do is make sure the whole bounce house has been cleared of any people. Then, get rid of any debris left behind. This includes trash and any dirt that may have gotten in.

Be careful about handling any debris that may be sharp and hard-edged, as you don’t want to end up poking a hole in the bounce house during your clean-up.

2. Give the Entire Inflatable a Good Clean

Once everything is cleared out, you need to start wiping the whole thing down to remove any spills and oils from when it was in use.

If you don’t give it a good clean before starting the deflation process, you risk allowing bacteria and other microorganisms to fester while it’s in storage. Just use a rag or soft sponge and use disinfectant to get a good clean.

3. Turn off the Blower Before Disconnecting It

So you’ve managed to get the whole thing clean, and now it’s time to start the deflation process. Before you start, you need to first make sure that the blower is turned off.

Most units come with a power button which serves as the blower’s on/off switch. This is usually located on the outside of the bounce house unit. Once you’ve ensured that the blower is already off, then you can disconnect it from your unit.

4. Unzip Your Bounce House and Let it Deflate Naturally

Now that you’ve turned off the blower and cleaned the bounce house, it’s time to start opening everything up. Most inflatable bounce house units have inflatable zippers that connect the inner and outer walls of the inflatable. You need to fully open these zippers up to help speed along the process of deflation.

Then, let the bounce house naturally deflate over the course of around ten to fifteen minutes. Sometimes, this can even be done in just five minutes. The important thing is not to try and force it to deflate faster, as you may end up damaging it.

5. Carefully Remove Any Anchors

Once the whole thing is deflated, you need to remember to remove the anchors that were keeping it in place. For the sake of your own safety and protecting the bounce house, make sure you remove any stakes carefully as these are likely sharp.

6. Roll Up and Fold Your Bounce House

Once the bounce house is free of the stakes, all you have to do is start prepping it for storage. You might need another person to help you do this, depending on the size. Start by folding it inward, and when it’s a manageable size, start rolling.

Folding it takes a little getting used to at first, but as long as you keep at it with care, you should be fine. Then, make sure you store it properly, and you’re good to go!


Cleaning up, deflating, and storing a commercial-grade bounce house is much easier if you follow a clear routine. Although it sounds like it might be difficult, following the steps above will make the whole process a lot simpler and less stressful. 

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