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Pull Bow Instructions:
Pull String Bows

Our pull bows are simple to make.
Just grab the tab string and pull. Then fluff the loops of the bow outward. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

More Instruction on Pull String Bows
Use desired length of ribbon. See directions on side of spool.
Fold ribbon in half with pull strings inward.
Pull both strings with one hand, pushing ribbon with the other to form bow.
Trim strings to 8" and knot at base of bow.

Helium Flying Time:
Helium Fly Time

HELIUM has a lift of .84 ounces per cubic foot at sea level.
 To determine the volume of a balloon in cubic feet, multiply the cube of the radius in inches by 1.333, multiply the result by 3.1416, and then divide by 1728.
 To determine the lift of a helium filled balloon, multiply the volume in cubic feet by .84 to determine ounces, Divide ounces by 16 to determine pounds.
Lift is reduced approximately 7.5% for each 1000 feet above sea-level.
Round Latex Balloons
Balloon Size
Approximate Volume
Approximate Lift
Approximate Flying Time
7 inches
.104 cu. ft.
.087 ounce
3 to 5 hours
8 inches
.155 cu.ft.
.130 ounce
4 to 6 hours
9 inches
.221 cu. ft.
.186 ounce
8 to 14 hours
10 inches
.303 cu. ft.
.254 ounce
16 to 18 hours
11 inches
.403 cu. ft.
.339 ounce
18 to 24 hours
12 inches
.523 cu. ft.
.440 ounce
22 to 28 hours
13 inches
.666 cu. ft.
.559 ounce
24 to 30 hours
14 inches
.831 cu. ft.
.698 ounce
26 to 34 hours
15 inches
1.022 cu. ft.
.859 ounce
30 to 42 hours
16 inches
1.241 cu. ft.
1.042 ounces
36 to 48 hours
18 inches
1.767 cu. ft.
1.484 ounces
42 to 54 hours
24 inches
4.188 cu. ft.
3.518 ounces
2 to 3 days
30 inches
8.179 cu. ft.
6.871 ounces
3 to 4 days
36 inches
14.134 cu. ft.
11.872 ounces
4 to 5 days
40 inches
19.388 cu. ft.
1 pound .286 ounces
5 to 6 days
4 feet
33.502 cu. ft.
1 pound 12.142 ounces
6 to 7 days
5 feet
65.434 cu. ft.
3 pounds 6.964 ounces
7 to 8 days
6 feet
113.069 cu. ft.
5 pounds 14.978 ounces
8 to 9 days
8 feet
268.016 cu. ft.
16 pounds 12.016 ounces
8 to 10 days
12 feet
904.555 cu. ft.
47 pounds 7.826 ounces
12 to 14 days
20 feet
4187.753 cu. ft.
219 pounds 13.712 ounces
16 to 21 days

Heart Shaped Balloons
Balloon Size
Approximate Volume
Approximate Lift
Approximate Flying Time
11 inch
.35 cu. ft.
.294 ounce
8 to 10 hours
17 inch
1.00 cu. ft.
.840 ounce
18 to 24 hours
36 inch
15.66 cu. ft.
13.155 ounces
3 to 4 days
Geo® Heart
.35 ounce
.294 ounce
8 to 10 hours

Geo® Donut and Blossom Balloons
Balloon Size
Approximate Volume
Approximate Lift
Approximate Flying Time
16 inch
.50 cu. ft.
.420 ounce
16 to 20 hours
The information contained in this chart is computed at sea-level and is approximate.
Volume may vary due to over-inflation or under-inflation of the balloon.
 Lift, and flying time are effected by such things as helium quality, weather, humidity, temperature, atmospheric conditions, and elevation above sea-level. As a "rule of thumb", reduce lift and flying time by 7.5% for each 1000 feet above sea-level.


Hi Float Instructions:
HI-FLOAT and SUPER HI-FLOAT are aqueous solutions containing a special water soluble plastic. They dry inside the latex balloon to form a barrier coating which helps hold in helium. This coating greatly increases the floating life of the balloon.

A simple rule of thumb is that you may use Hi-FLOAT if the coating is on the inside of the balloon.

Yes. HI-FLOAT is non-toxic, non-irritating, non-corrosive, non-flammable and biodegradable. They are very similar to the adhesive found on the back of postage stamps. Wash off the skin with water. If accidentally splashed into the eyes, flush with water for several minutes.

When used properly, SUPER HI-FLOAT increases floating life about ten times. The following table shows the typical floating lives for various sizes of balloons.

Number of
Balloons Per
242 Helium Tank
Flying Time
Helium Only*
Flying Time
Helium and
Flying Time
Helium and
Ultra HI-FLOAT *
11” STANDARD COLORS 485 12-24 hrs. 4-10 days 1-4 weeks
485 12-24 hrs. 4-7 days 1-3 weeks
14” ROUND 240 26-30 hrs. 8-14 days 2-5 weeks
16” ROUND 180 30+ hrs. 14-20 days 3-7 weeks
18” ROUND 130 36+ hrs. 16-24 days 3-8 weeks
17” HEART 268 14 hrs. 2-3 days 3-8 weeks
16” GEO DONUT® 340 22-26 hrs. 3-5 days 4-12 days
16” GEO BLOSSOM ® 400 18-24 hrs. 2-4 days 3-10 days
24” ROUND 50 2-4 days 18-30 days 4-10 weeks
GIANT 15 3-5 days 4-8 weeks 6-20 weeks
* Please remember that these are estimates based on typical indoor conditions and following all of the instructions contained in this website. Flying time will be less if outdoors. Flying time varies greatly due to factors such as latex quality, humidity, temperature, altitude, etc. Balloons typically half as long in hot, humid weather. For maximum floating life, hand-tie balloons.


Basic directions

How to use SUPER HI-FLOAT or ULTRA HI-FLOAT to increase float life:

Attach the dip tube to the bottom of the pump as shown in Fig. 1. The nipple on the bottom of the pump fits inside the end of the dip tube. For bottles other than gallon size, cut off the dip tube as follows.

Bottle Size Dip Tube
96 oz Cut to 5 1/2"
Quart cut to 1 3/4"
24 oz do not use dip tube

700ml 141 X 28cm Balloons
2.8 Litres 567 X 28cm Balloons

Clips are color-coded as follows:

Clip Sizes
Balloon Size
11 inches blue white
14 inches yellow blue
16 inches green yellow


Slide the balloon onto the pump outlet to as far as it will go in order to inject the HI-FLOAT deep inside the balloon as shown in Figure 2. The end of the pump nozzle should be in the bulb of the balloon. Depress the pump plunger as far as it will go. Remove the balloon from the pump. Pinch the neck of the balloon as you remove it to clean off the nozzle and keep HI-FLOAT out of the stem of the balloon.

Make sure the pump returns to the full upright position after each stroke. If necessary, lift up on the cap before treating the next balloon. Gently rub the balloon a couple of times as shown in Figure 3 to spread the liquid over the inside surface. While rubbing, hold the balloon opening elevated to allow air to escape and to prevent liquid from entering the stem of the balloon.

Inflate the balloon in the usual manner and hand tie. We recommend rotating your helium nozzle downwards as shown in Figure 4 to reduce splatter and help keep the liquid out of the balloon stem . A key to minimizing mess when using HI-FLOAT is to keep it out of the balloon stem where it can leak on to the hands when tying.

When the balloon is first inflated it should float up straight but it will not be very buoyant until the HI-FLOAT dries which takes a couple of hours. After drying, the balloon will have nearly as much upward pull as an untreated balloon. With a little practice you should be able to treat balloons neatly and quickly.

The " dry" method

If a treated balloon bursts before the coating dries it can be messy and cause a complaint. A method was developed by a number of HI-FLOAT users to solve this problem called the " dry" method because the coating is allowed to dry overnight before the balloon is given to a customer.

Some of the advantages are:

  • If a balloon pops there is no mess.
  • Balloons float well initially since the dried coating weighs very little.
  • Gives the maximum floating life possible.
  • Balloons are less likely to burst.
  • Eliminates uneven spots of liquid sometimes visible in clear balloons before drying.

This method consists of the following steps:

Step 1. At the end of the day treat enough balloons on the inside with HI-FLOAT to cover the next day's orders. Inflate the balloons with helium and seal with plastic clips or discs.

Step 2. Allow the balloons to dry overnight. In the morning remove the clips and give the balloons an extra shot of helium to regain their full size. Hand-tie the balloons.

This results in a fully inflated balloon coated with HI-FLOAT which is completely dry. If a balloon accidentally pops there is no mess!

The key to this method is to keep the HI-FLOAT out of the stem of the balloon so it can be re-inflated the next day. Inject the liquid deep inside the balloon then pinch the stem closed when rubbing the balloon to spread the coating. Be sure to treat extra balloons for those unexpected orders.

Giving the balloons a shot of helium the next day is quick and easy with a little practice.

Many balloon shops use this method to treat every balloon they sell.

Cleaning the pump dispenser

A pump dispenser should last through several bottles of HI-FLOAT or SUPER HI-FLOAT. The pump may be cleaned it as follows:

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


HI-FLOAT, SUPER HI-FLOAT, and ULTRA HI-FLOAT are effective if used as instructed. With the exception of this warranty, there are no other warranties, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The HI-FLOAT company cannot be responsible for use of the product after purchase. Purchaser's remedies shall be limited to refund of purchase price and, in no event shall the HI-FLOAT company be liable for any amount in excess of the original purchase price of the product or for any incidental or consequential damages.



Balloons don't float when first inflated

Treated balloons should float straight up when first inflated. If your balloon does not float straight up or leans to one side, then you either have too much HI-FLOAT in the balloon or not enough helium.

Check to make sure you are using the correct restriction clip on the pump and that you're not using a helium/air mixture to fill the balloon.

Make sure the balloon is fully inflated. The balloon should be inflated until it begins to become pear shaped. Some people first inflate their balloons with air to stretch them. They then inflate them with helium. This allows the balloon to be inflated to a larger size.

If the balloons still do not float well initially, then either don't push the pump down all the way or switch to the next longer size restriction clip. This will reduce the amount of HI-FLOAT injected into the balloon . However, it will also give less floating life.

Your balloons will get more buoyant as the HI-FLOAT dries. When completely dry, the balloon will float with nearly the same upward force as an untreated balloon.

Reducing splatter inside balloons

When using HI-FLOAT in clear or transparent balloons, some uneven runs of liquid may be visible initially. These will gradually disappear as the coating dries.

This splatter can be minimized in the number of ways. Use ULTRA HI-FLOAT. Since you use less it will be less visible. Try inflating the balloon more slowly with the helium nozzle pointed in a downward direction. Also, when rubbing the balloon to spread the coating, rub gently to avoid working bubbles into the liquid.

If the HI-FLOAT is very old and has begun to get thick and stringy (gel ) it will be more visible inside the balloon . This gel can be redissolved by slight heating.

HI-FLOAT or SUPER HI-FLOAT “beads up” inside balloon

HI-FLOAT and SUPER HI-FLOAT work well on all major brands of latex balloons. However, occasionally we find a balloon which has an oil coating which interferes with the HI-FLOAT wetting the inside of the balloon. When this happens the HI-FLOAT or SUPER HI-FLOAT “beads up” similar to water on a freshly waxed car. In this case treatment gives very little increase in floating life. Use ULTRA HI-FLOAT with these balloons and you should not have this problem.

Haze on inside of balloon

Shortly after inflating a balloon you may notice a haze or cloudiness on the inside of the balloon. (Oxidation occurs on the outside of the balloon.) This may be caused by adding less than the full recommended amount of HI-FLOAT. Make sure you are using the correct colored clip for that size balloon.

Product discolors in the bottle (mold)

A dark green mold can grow on the surface of HI-FLOAT in a bottle which has been opened for several months. This is very similar to the mold which grows on bread. If this happens scoop off and discard the discolored material. Quickly use the remainder of the bottle.

Do not pour the small amount left in an old bottle into a new bottle since this can seed the new bottle with mold. Wash off the pump when transferring to a new bottle.

If mold is a recurring problem in your area, purchase HI-FLOAT in the smaller size bottles since it will be used more quickly.

Product gets too thick to pump (gel )

Normally HI-FLOAT has the consistency of honey. However, with excessive age it can begin to gel and will get very thick and lumpy. ULTRA HI-FLOAT may begin to gel if it has been frozen. If your product becomes too thick to pump, it can be re-dissolved in one of the following ways: (1) Remove the cap and heat in a microwave until hot but not boiling. Stir after removing from microwave, or (2) Pour HI-FLOAT into a double boiler and heat on a stove, or (3) Remove the pump or cap and place in a pan of water as shown in Figure 9. Boil the water in the pan for about two hours. This will heat liquid sufficiently to dissolve any gel.


Place a one-inch layer of gravel or glass marbles in the bottom of the pan as shown in figure nine to keep the plastic bottle from touching the pan during heating.

Do not allow the water in the pan to boil dry sense this will melt the plastic bottle.

Do not heat the bottle without first removing the pump or bottle cap since this could build up pressure and rupture the bottle resulting in burns or serious injury. Heat only an open bottle.

Do not heat HI-FLOAT directly with gas or electrical heat since this will scorch the HI-FLOAT and ruin it. The HI-FLOAT must be heated by placing the bottle in a pan of heated water as shown in Figure 9 or use a double boiler.

Allow the HI-FLOAT to cool to room temperature before handling to avoid the possibility of burns or injury.

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