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How to keep clear balloons clear

by Charisse
(New York)

I am having a hard time making my helium filled clear balloons crystal clear. I bought the super hi-float (the woman at hi-float said I can use super hi-float) and did the dip balloon with pencil method. Although it made it a little better, it was still cloudy. I then put some hi float in the balloon first, then dipped.. It did make it clearer that way. I tied with a clip and waited until the next day.. The balloon deflated a little and the balloon was cloudy again.. I fiiled back with helium, and balloon still looks streaky and somewhat cloudy. Am I doing something wrong??? help!!!

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Tips for Keeping Clear Balloons Clear
by: Margit

Hi Charisse,

I don't think you are doing anything wrong. It's just a pretty difficult task to keep crystal balloons clear, both on the inside and outside.

Here's a tip that I found on BalloonHQ.com:
You'll get the best results for a clear balloon if you use regular hi-float (not super hi-float) in a 1:1 ratio mixed with water. Rinse off the balloon (both sides) and dry completely. Dip it into the mixture and use a straw to move the excess off the balloon. Air inflate the balloon (or use nitrogen) and it will almost be dry when it's inflated. If it isn't, use a hair dryer on cool to completely dry it.

As this method is pretty time consuming, you can only apply it when you have just a few balloons to do. According to the experts on BalloonHQ, balloons treated this way are really crystal clear and will stay that clear quite a while.

Hope that helps,

Margit

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