It is highly recommended that you use one of the following methods to deflated your inflatable form:
1. Use a pump - most low-pressure pumps allow you to attach the adapters to the air intake and use the pump to deflate your form. This will pull the air out of the form very effectively and allow you to deflate it completely without putting pressure on the seams. Close valve for storage and refold.
2. Use the deflation sticks included with the patch kit. Insert one of the sticks into the lock valve at the base of the inflation valve. Once in place with air escaping the valve, lay the form flat and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, most of the air will escape. Gently apply pressure to the form by folding it towards the valve to remove remaining air. Close valve for storage and refold.