Balloon Basics Guide

Air-fill foil balloons are available in 4", 9", and 14" shapes. These small foil balloons are designed to be filled with air and attached to a plastic cup and stick. To lower labor costs, purchase pre-filled (air-filled), which means they arrive filled with air, sealed, and include a cup and stick. Assortments are available with displays or selections may be made by individual style. When air-fill foil balloons are purchased flat, an electric air inflator is required for inflation. Please note that foil balloons smaller than standard should only be inflated with air as smaller sizes will not float with helium. Air-fill Foil Balloons

We recommend an electric air inflator such as the Mini Cool Aire ® Dual Pro™ Inflator. This inflator has three nozzles available depending on the size of the balloon, delivers the cool air and low pressure ideal for foil balloons, high pressure activation for inflating latex balloons, and features the cutting-edge Cool Aire ® nozzle that eliminates damage when air-filling standard or larger foil balloons that contain self-sealing valves.

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An electric heat sealer is needed since the balloons do not have self-sealing valves. We recommend a 12" machine that, in addition, seals plastic bags. Curling irons, clothing irons, and other household appliances are not recommended for use in sealing balloons. Such appliances do not seal properly and can burn through the balloon stem or possibly cause serious injury.

831 Inflator

HS870 12" Heat Sealer



HOW TO Clean seal = no leak

Balloons that are air-filled and heat sealed will often react to extreme fluctuations in weather conditions. When a balloon is transferred from a cold to a hot environment or vice versa, the foil may have a tendency to expand or contract. To troubleshoot “mushy” balloons, consider the following: w Have they been in your store for at least 24 hours to adjust to the temperature? w Are they placed near an air vent? w Are all of the balloons soft/deflated or only a few of them? w How many styles are affected, one or multiple? w Is the outer shipping material/carton damaged? After time to adjust to the current indoor temperature, your balloons should return to their original state.

1. After inflating, pinch the stem of the balloon firmly with one hand. Use the other hand to flatten the stem. The stem should be free of wrinkles, creases, and any dust or dirt to promote a solid seal. Set the heat sealer control at 2.5. If this seems too hot, set it lower. 2. Position the flattened stem under the upper bar of the heat sealer so that the seal will be made just above the opening in the stem. Press the bar and hold for 4–5 seconds, slowly pulling the neck through the sealer. The red light will confirm that the sealer is making good contact. After the red light goes out, release the upper bar. The pad protecting the element will wear thin after extended use. When replacing with a new pad, also replace the element. Unplug the heat sealer before replacing the pad and element. After inflating and sealing air-filled foil balloons, they can then be attached to a cup and stick, which are purchased separately.


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