How to Deflate Foil Balloon using a Straw?

Foil balloons are popular props for any celebration. It adds color to a simple birthday, wedding, or just about any celebration. The balloon’s surface shines when struck by lights because it usually comes in rose, silver, or gold metallic color. It draws attention when it serves as a backdrop to any photo opportunity.

These foil balloons come in different shapes and size too. You can buy it in the shape of letters, numbers, and different cartoon characters. For example, you can get two number foil balloons to signify your age during your birthday celebration or wedding anniversary.

Sometimes, you can buy a levitating foil pet for toddlers. It will entertain them while the whole family is enjoying an outdoor activity.

Foil balloons are also versatile. It is lightweight. You can attach it to a wall or mirror using double-sided tape. It can also float if you will fill it with helium. It is easy to inflate as long as you have the proper equipment to do so. Using a small manual air pump, though will take time, is enough to inflate a foil balloon.

Unlike latex balloons, Foil balloons are also reusable. It will never go out of style. This means that if you deflate it without causing any small leak. You still can use it on other occasions such as on your next birthday or next wedding anniversary.

There are some issues when using a foil balloon. That is after using it at parties, it is hard to deflate. Especially, if you do not know how to. I am pretty sure it will take you a few minutes to deflate one letter.

Now, imagine you have to deflate the whole “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” or “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY” letters. It’s going to be hard hahaha to the point that you will lose patience and just pop it.

In this post, I will share with you the steps and material that you need to properly deflate a foil balloon so you can still use it on the next occasion. This will help you save hundreds of pesos or few dollars. Because you do not need to buy new sets of foil balloons for your next occasion.

How to Deflate a Foil Balloon in 4 Steps

Step 1. Insert a plastic straw into the air inlet of the foil balloon

The inlet is easy to find as it is also where you will insert the air pump to inflate the balloon.

insert the straw in foil balloon

Insert the straw gently until you hear the air escaping sound from the foil balloon. Visually, you will begin to notice that the foil starts to have wrinkles.

Step 2. Press your hand gently on the foil balloon

I would suggest that you start pressing the part of the balloon that is on the opposite side of the air inlet. In this way, there will be minimal air that will be left behind so you can easily fold it. step 2 press your hand on the foil balloon

Step 3. Fold the part of the balloon that is already deflated

This will help limit the space that the remaining air can occupy as you flatten it. To achieve an almost perfectly deflated foil balloon, repeat steps 2 and 3.

fold the foil balloon until its flat

Step 4. Pull out the straw gently from the foil balloon

Once you are finished deflating your balloon. You have to pull the straw slowly to avoid the self-sealing air valve inside from becoming crumpled.

pull out the straw from the foil balloon

Just to give you an idea. Here is the inside section of the foil balloon so you can see what happens to the valve when you insert the straw.

self sealing valve in air foil balloon

The straw helps the valve to be kept open so the air from the inside can escape easily. Without the straw, the air pressure from the inside will keep the valve close. This instance will prevent the air from escaping the foil balloon.

*I hope this helps!

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