Helium balloons beautifully float in the air, bringing a sense of happiness, fun, and joy to the party atmosphere. But then, they deflate and fall down on the ground faster than we expected!
Every aero designer knows about this phenomenon. Therefore, a good specialist always has not only a variety of balloons, but also the magic Hi-Float substance, or Hi Shine balloon spray at hand. This thing allows them to work wonders, keeping the items inflated and soaring, and making them retain their shape for a longer possible time!
As a party lover, you are intrigued, aren’t you? Then keep reading: in this article, we will tell you what a Hi Float treatment is and how to use it right!
What is Hi-Float balloon treatment?
To give you a better idea of what Hi-Float is, we’ll start by saying that helium molecules are much smaller than the natural pores in the latex that makes up a latex balloon. As a result, when filling the inflatable with helium, all the gas escapes through the material in a period of 6 to 24 hours, and the beautiful item deflates.
Hi-Float is a liquid plastic substance that fills the balloon and dries inside it, forming a helium-holding film. Thanks to this treatment, helium items stay in the air 25 times longer!
This is a non-toxic, non-flammable, non-oxidizing, non-irritating to the skin, and biodegradable solution. It is absolutely safe and does not harm the environment!
How to use the Hi-Float treatment correctly?
When using the treatment, it is imperative to remember that this substance should not get onto the balloon’s neck. So, you should use a special Hi Float pump and a clamp (limiter) that matches the size of your balloon. Keep in mind that you should only use tools that come with the manufacturer.
So, what should you do to extend your inflatable’s life?
- Put the balloon’s neck on the pump so deep that the solution gets inside the balloon.
- Pump the right amount of product into the balloon, referring to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Next, carefully take away the ball from the nozzle of the high-float pump, making sure that the liquid does not get on its neck.
- Now, turn the item upside down and gently rub the Hi-Float with your hands inside it. Try to distribute it evenly over the entire balloon surface (excluding the neck).
- Before filling the balloon with helium, do not forget to release the helium supply valve down to prevent the solution from getting onto the neck of the balloon when it is filled, and also to reduce the possibility of its spraying on the balloon from the inside.
- Finally, tie the balloon’s neck into a simple knot (clips are not designed to seal the product and stop the gas from escaping from the ball).
Other ways to use Hi-Float
Using the treatment slightly increases the time of preparing balloons for your decorations. Therefore, decorators strive to prepare everything they can in advance. To do this, you can apply the treatment in the evening, distribute it inside the balloons, gather them in one bundle, tie their necks with a thread, and put them in the refrigerator overnight.
Another option for using polymer gel is external processing. This is a perfect option for balloons that have faded from an excessive amount of talcum powder or because they were being stored for a long time.
To return their initial gloss, you will need to dilute Hi-Float with warm water in a 1:1 ratio and dip the inflated balloon into this liquid. You can use a special spray gun that will help you do everything faster and more conveniently.
By the way, there is another interesting use of this solution! You can create a “web effect” inside the ball, which appears when the film detaches from the latex walls. It looks unique and impressive!
Of course, it takes some skill and experience to create this effect, but it’s worth it! And keep in mind that since the film does not cover the balloon walls, it will last the same time as a regular item without treatment.