I have a PVC inflatable device (a custom made inflatable pillow) which is, according to the spec sheet, made out of PVC. The PVC material itself, however, is not the one you'd find on usual swimming rings or such, but something closer to that of the PVC pipes (matte texture, white color).
The problem I encountered is, after some time of storage (deflated of course) in a dark and dry room, some kind of an oily fluid appears on the surface of the device.
Initially I thought that, as it is a pillow, it might have accumulated some of the body sweat over time, and after some time it came out as the material was returning to its original size after being stretched due to inflation. So I thoroughly washed it, but after a couple of days of storage, oily stains can be seen again on it's surface. I didn't kinda think it through, but it might have been helpful to collect the accumulated fluid before I washed it off to run a pH test on it (can't do much other tests at home).
So, may that be a sign of PVC degradation of some sort, and if so, what is that? This occurs whether it's stored in a polyethylene bag or just plain put on a wooden shelf with nothing in contact.
I was looking in various sources but most only specify that PVC degrades either under higher temperatures (above 60ºC) or in contact with quite agressive fluids.