Follow us on Pinterest   Like us on Facebook   Watch videos and subscribe on YouTube
Click here for International Instructions

Techniques and Maintenance

Pre-Treating Balloons

Treating Pearlized and Metallic Balloons

Treating Heart-Shaped, Qualatex Geo Blossom® and Qualatex Geo Donut® Balloons

Coating the Outside of Balloons Before Inflation

Coating the Outside of Air-Filled Balloons After Inflation

HI-FLOAT Cleanup

Cleaning the Pump Dispenser

Treating Air-filled Balloons

How to Save Helium With ULTRA HI-FLOAT   

Pre-Treating Balloons

Balloons may be pre-treated with HI-FLOAT several days before they need to be inflated, saving time on the day of your event. Check out our Pretreating Balloons video on you tube.

  • Treat balloons with the correct amount of ULTRA HI-FLOAT. Use the orange clip for 11-inch balloons, and refer to the clip guide for other sizes. Be sure to get the pump nozzle down into the base of the balloon, and pinch the neck of the balloon as you remove it from the pump to wipe off any excess HI-FLOAT.
  • Gently rub the base of the balloon to spread the ULTRA HI-FLOAT.
  • Set the treated balloon aside, positioned so that the HI-FLOAT cannot flow into the neck of the balloon or leak out.
  • Gather treated balloons in groups of 10, and band the necks together with ribbon or a rubber band. This will keep the HI-FLOAT from drying out.
  • Leave the balloons at room temperature in banded groups of 10 for up to one week. Do not store the balloons in a refrigerator.
  • Before inflating the balloons, remove the ribbon or rubber band and gently rub the balloons to redistribute the ULTRA HI-FLOAT inside the balloons.
  • Inflate the balloons with helium and tie as normal.

Back to Top   

Treating Pearlized and Metallic Balloons

Pearlized and metallic balloons float for about two-thirds as long as regular colored balloons. Check out our Pearlized or Metallic Balloons video on you tube. To get the maximum float life possible, use one of the following methods:

METHOD 1:
Pre-Treat Pearlized or Metallic Balloons to Maximize Float Life

Balloons may be pre-treated with HI-FLOAT several days before they need to be inflated, saving time on the day of your event.

  • Treat balloons with the correct amount of ULTRA HI-FLOAT. Use the orange clip for 11-inch balloons, and refer to the clip guide for other sizes. Be sure to get the pump nozzle down into the base of the balloon, and pinch the neck of the balloon as you remove it from the pump to wipe off any excess HI-FLOAT.
  • Gently rub the base of the balloon to spread the ULTRA HI-FLOAT.
  • Set the treated balloon aside, positioned so that the HI-FLOAT cannot flow into the neck of the balloon or leak out.
  • Gather treated balloons in groups of 10, and band the necks together with ribbon or a rubber band. This will keep the HI-FLOAT from drying out.
  • Leave the balloons at room temperature in banded groups of 10 for up to one week. Do not store the balloons in a refrigerator.
  • Before inflating the balloons, remove the ribbon or rubber band and gently rub the balloons to redistribute the ULTRA HI-FLOAT inside the balloons.
  • Inflate the balloons with helium and tie as normal.

METHOD 2:
Pre-Stretch Pearlized or Metallic Balloons to Maximize Float Life

Pre-stretching pearlized and metallic balloons will provide about the same increase in float time as the pretreating procedure described above. Stretching balloons with air before they are inflated with helium allows them to be inflated to a larger size.

  • Inflate the balloon with air to stretch it.
  • Deflate the balloon.
  • Treat the balloon with ULTRA HI-FLOAT in the normal manner.
  • Inflate the balloon with helium and tie.

Back to Top   

Treating Heart-Shaped, Qualatex Geo Blossom® and Qualatex Geo Donut® Balloons

Heart-shaped, Qualatex Geo Blossom and Qualatex Geo Donut balloons normally float for a shorter time than round balloons do. To get the maximum float life with these balloons, use the following method:

  • Inflate the balloon fully with air to stretch it, then deflate it entirely.
  • Inject ULTRA HI-FLOAT using the clip shown in the table below. Be sure to get the pump nozzle down into the base of the balloon, and pinch the neck of the balloon as you remove it from the pump to wipe off any excess HI-FLOAT.
    Balloon Clip
    11-inch Heart-Shape Orange
    16-inch Geo Donut Orange
    16-inch Geo Blossom Orange
    17-inch Heart-Shape Grey
  • Gently rub the base of the balloon to spread the ULTRA HI-FLOAT.
  • Inflate the balloon as much as possible with helium, and hand-tie it.
  • Note: If the balloon is not floating when first inflated, add less HI-FLOAT to the next balloons. You may need to push the pump down only 3/4 of the way, especially when treating Geo Blossoms.

Back to Top   

Coating the Outside of Balloons Before Inflation

A quick and easy way to prevent oxidation (chalkiness) on the outside of latex balloons is to apply ULTRA HI-FLOAT coating to the outside of the balloon before inflation. This method can be used for helium- or air-filled balloons.

In addition to preventing oxidation, the external coating of HI-FLOAT increases the float life by about five times. The coating usually dries in a few minutes, but can be somewhat messy.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Place an uninflated balloon over a pencil, and dip the balloon into a glass of HI-FLOAT to the stem as shown in the figure above. Keep the liquid out of the inside of the balloon. Make sure the entire outside of the balloon is wet except for the stem. If folds form in the balloon, withdraw it from the liquid and re-dip it to wet the entire outside.
  • Remove the balloon from the liquid, and let it drain for a couple of minutes.
  • With the helium nozzle pointed down as shown in the figure to the left, slip the balloon onto the nozzle and inflate it while the balloon is still wet. The balloon will stop dripping as soon as inflation begins. It will dry within a few minutes.
  • Seal the balloon, and attach a ribbon. Try not to touch the balloon, except near the stem, until it is dry. It may be useful to attach air-filled balloons to a cup and stick while the balloon dries.

Warning: Air-filled balloons with an external coating of HI-FLOAT must be kept in a climate-controlled location. Heat and/or high humidity can cause the balloon to burst or deflate prematurely.

Back to Top   

Coating the Outside of Air-Filled Balloons After Inflation

A diluted ULTRA HI-FLOAT coating may be applied to the outside of the latex balloon after it is inflated to keep it from oxidizing (turning chalky). This is especially useful for clear balloons with items such as stuffed animals placed inside. Treating the outside of an air-filled clear balloon will keep it bright and clear for several weeks if it is cared for properly.

This photo shows a bear in a balloon, with half of the balloon coated with HI-FLOAT and the other half uncoated. The treated half remains clear even after several weeks, while the uncoated half starts turning chalky after a few days.

Warning: Air-filled balloons with an external coating of HI-FLOAT must be kept in a climate-controlled location. Heat and/or high humidity can cause the balloon to burst or deflate prematurely.

This dilute coating method does not work well on helium-filled balloons, since it can cause streaking.

To coat the outside of an air-filled balloon:

  • Stuff and inflate the balloon.
  • Attach the stuffed balloon to a cup and stick to provide a handle.
  • Mix 1 cup of HI-FLOAT with 2 cups of warm water. Stir gently to avoid making foam.
  • Place the balloon in a large pan, and gently pour the liquid over it while slowly rotating the balloon as shown the figure to the right. Make sure the entire outside surface of the balloon is wetted.
  • Hang the coated balloon up by the handle so that it can drip dry. Under normal conditions, drying takes about 30 minutes.

   
Other Tips:

  • Using a handheld hair dryer can quicken drying. Do not aim the dryer at one spot for too long, as that could burst the balloon.
  • The excess liquid in the pan may be placed in a capped bottle and saved for reuse. Refrigerate to keep mold from forming.
  • Any bubbles in the coating will collect at the lowest point. Wipe that spot gently with a damp sponge after drying for about 15 minutes. After drying, touch up any missed spots with a small brush.
  • Do not dilute the HI-FLOAT by more than two parts water to one part HI-FLOAT. Never dilute HI-FLOAT for coating uninflated balloons, since that will drastically reduce float life.
  • This outside coating will also remove oxidation that has already occurred.
  • This technique will keep balloon animals looking big and shiny for several days. Simply place the animal in the pan, pour the diluted mixture over it and hang it by the knot until dry.

Back to Top   

Cleaning HI-FLOAT

  • Allow adequate drying time for balloons in order to avoid cleanup jobs. We recommend allowing balloons to dry for a couple of hours before allowing them to be touched.
  • HI-FLOAT is completely soluble in water, even after it has dried. It dissolves much more quickly in hot water.
  • On nonporous surfaces such as countertops, allow spilled liquid to dry, then simply peel it up and discard.
  • On machine-washable fabrics, wash in warm or hot water, if possible. Presoak the item for a few hours if the HI-FLOAT has dried completely.
  • For dry cleaning, inform the cleaner that the spot is soluble in water and/or steam.
  • On upholstered fabrics, HI-FLOAT can be removed by dipping a toothbrush into a cup of hot water and rubbing the spot to soften it. Then blot it with a dry towel. Repeat wetting and blotting several times as necessary. After drying, if any trace remains, repeat the procedure. Brush felted fabrics to restore nap.

Back to Top   

Cleaning the Pump Dispenser

A pump dispenser should last through several bottles of HI-FLOAT. Check out our Pump Cleaning video on you tube. If the pump becomes clogged and difficult to push down, pump warm water though it to clear the clog. If this does not work, the pump may be cleaned as follows:

  • Unscrew the top of the pump and place both sections in a pan of hot tap water.
  • Let the pump sit in the pan overnight.
  • Rinse the pump parts with warm water. Make sure the air holes under the threaded cap are clean.
  • Reassemble the pump.

Placing the red end cap on the end of the outlet nozzle between uses will help keep the pump from becoming clogged.

Back to Top   

Treating Air-filled Balloons

ULTRA HI-FLOAT is not just for use with helium. It can also be used to prolong the life of air-filled balloons. Check out our Air Filled Balloons video on you tube.

HI-FLOAT prevents air from escaping through the walls of a latex balloon. It actually does an even better job of preventing air loss than it does with helium.

HI-FLOAT works in air-filled round and non-round balloons, such as 260s.

An air filled 11-inch round balloon maintains its original size for at least two months.

When not treated with ULTRA HI-FLOAT, an 11-inch air-filled balloon loses 20% of its air in two months.

260 balloons treated with HI-FLOAT and filled with air will maintain their original size for several weeks.

To create long-lasting air-filled balloons, follow the instructions for treating helium-filled latex balloons with HI-FLOAT, using the same restriction clips but inflating with air instead. For example, for an 11-inch round balloon, use the orange clip on the pump dispenser, and add one full pump before inflating with air.

Back to Top   

How to Save Helium With ULTRA HI-FLOAT

60/40 helium inflators are compatible with ULTRA HI-FLOAT treated balloons.

60/40 inflators add a helium/air mixture to the balloon and can provide balloons that will float for several days when treated with ULTRA HI-FLOAT. Because 40% less helium is used, the savings on helium more than pay for the HI-FLOAT. Check out our HI-FLOAT with 60 40 Inflators video on you tube.

Because a 60/40 helium/air mixture is less buoyant than pure helium, less HI-FLOAT will be added than for balloons with pure helium. Refer to the clip guide, and use the restriction clip for the next smaller size balloon.

  • For an 11-inch balloon inflated with a 60/40 mixture, use the purple restriction clip that is normally used with a 9-inch balloon.
  • Snap the purple clip onto the pump dispenser.
  • Slide the balloon on to the pump nozzle so the HI-FLOAT will fall into the base of the balloon. Push the pump down as far as it will go.
  • Pinch the balloon as it is removed, cleaning off the pump nozzle and keeping HI-FLOAT out of the neck of the balloon. Keeping HI-FLOAT out of the neck of the balloon will make it easier to handle and tie.
  • Rub the balloon for a couple of seconds to spread the HI-FLOAT inside the balloon. While rubbing, elevate the opening to allow air to escape and to prevent liquid from entering the neck of the balloon.
  • We recommend rotating the helium nozzle downward to reduce splatter and keep the HI-FLOAT out of the balloon neck.
  • Inflate the balloon until it is almost pear-shaped. Hand-tie the balloon. It should float upright. Underinflated balloons will not float upright and may lean to one side. Fully inflated balloons float straight up.

An ULTRA HI-FLOAT treated 11-inch balloon inflated with a 60/40 helium/air mixture will float for two to 10 days.

Back to Top