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Summer Efficiency Series: Part IV

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have more things to do than time allows for? Yeah, we have too. When it comes to decorating with balloons, many people find there's a bit of a timing issue. You don't want to inflate too soon before the event because you need enough time to inflate them all. On the other hand, you don't want to inflate them too early and prevent the balloons from looking their best during the event. The best time to start decorating with balloons will always vary a little, depending on the quantity and size of the balloons used. If you're utilizing hi-float, this will also play an important factor.

The first step in deciding when to start your balloon filling is knowing how long it will take to inflate the balloons. You can then backtrack to determine a good time to start. The second step is knowing the float life of the balloons you're going to inflate so that you don't inflate too early. Read more about the float life of balloons here.

It's not so hard - just get two pieces of information and start filling, right? Right. However, we have one more piece of advice to offer. Use balloon tie discs. You'll save yourself a lot of time using these accessories versus frequently stopping to tie a knot at the end of the balloon and then attach ribbon to each individual balloon. As the name implies, balloon tie discs are small plastic discs with a small hole in the middle. If you use a balloon filler valve with a disc hook, simply hang the discs on the hook so that they're easily accessible during inflation.

To use, inflate your latex balloon as usual. Then simultaneously stretch the balloon neck and hold the end of the ribbon flat against it. Simply loop it around the disc hook, slide the available disc forward and over the ribbon and balloon. Gently pull balloon off the disc hook. And you're done!

See it in action!


Read the Series!

Part I - Disposable Helium Tanks
Part II - Pull-String Bows
Part III - Balloon Filler Valves
Part V - A Ribbon Cutting Technique




Written by: Miriam E. Medellin


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