How to Care for and Clean Your PVC Inflatables

How to Care for and Clean Your PVC Inflatables

 At SHOSU Amsterdam we all make our inflatable products from PVC, and most of them with extra added softness. However, to ensure the material remains in top-notch condition for many play times to come, it's essential to know how to properly care for and clean them. In this guide, we'll walk you through some tips to keep your PVC inflatables looking and performing their best.

Beware of Oils

PVC, although durable, is not a fan of oils. Whether it's your face oils, coconut oil, or any other type of oil, PVC tends to absorb them. This absorption can cause the material to push out plasticizers, leading to a reduction in flexibility and integrity. To maintain your PVC inflatables, try to avoid bringing oils into contact with the material as much as possible. So, before you hop on your favorite float, consider rinsing off excess oils from your skin.

Use Dish Soap for Cleaning

If your PVC inflatable does come into contact with oils, worry not; there's a solution! Dish soap can be your best friend when it comes to cleaning PVC. Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with water to create a soapy solution. Gently scrub the affected area with a soft cloth or sponge, focusing on the oily spots. The soap helps break down the oils, making them easier to remove. After cleaning, rinse the inflatable thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue. This simple cleaning routine can help prevent oil-related damage.

Proper Storage Matters

How you store your PVC inflatables can significantly impact their longevity. The best way to store them is in a polypropylene bag or a laundry bag. These breathable bags allow air circulation while protecting your inflatables from dust and debris. Avoid using airtight containers, as they can trap moisture and lead to mold or mildew growth.

When storing your PVC inflatables, it's crucial to keep them in a safe, dark, and dry environment. Exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods can lead to fading and degradation of the material. UV rays can break down the PVC, causing it to become brittle over time. Therefore, storing your inflatables in a shaded area or covering them with a protective cloth can help prolong their life.

Silicone Oil Protection

If you want to provide extra protection for your PVC inflatables, consider using pure silicone oil. PVC is compatible with silicone oil, and applying a thin layer can help maintain the material's flexibility and prevent drying out. However, make sure the oil you use is pure silicone oil without any additives or fragrances, as these can potentially harm the PVC. Apply the silicone oil sparingly and evenly, and wipe off any excess to avoid a slippery surface.

Lubricants Compatibility

If you plan to use your PVC inflatables for intimate moments, it's important to choose the right lubricants. PVC is compatible with both water-based and silicone-based lubricants. These lubricants are less likely to harm the material compared to oil-based ones. Just be sure to apply the lubricant directly to your body rather than the inflatable to avoid any unwanted interactions between the lubricant and the PVC material.


In conclusion, taking care of your PVC inflatables is a simple yet important task that can significantly extend their lifespan and keep them looking pristine. Avoid oils as much as possible, clean with a gentle dish soap solution when needed, store in breathable bags away from sunlight, consider using silicone oil for extra protection, and use compatible lubricants for intimate use. By following these tips, you can ensure that your PVC inflatables remain a source of fun and relaxation for many seasons to come.

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