How to Deflate Foil Balloon using a Straw? [4 Steps]

In this post, I will share with you the steps and needed material 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 a few dollars. Because you do not need to buy new sets of foil balloons for your next occasion.

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 colors. It draws attention when it serves as a backdrop to any photo opportunity.

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

Foil balloons are also versatile and lightweight. You can attach it to a wall or mirror using double-sided tape. It can also float if you 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 as they will never go out of style. This means that if you deflate the foil balloon without causing any small leaks. You still can use it on other celebrations such as on your next birthday or next wedding anniversary.

The problem with foil balloons is that it’s hard to deflate them. But after reading this article you will know that it is not the case.

To deflate a foil balloon, insert a plastic straw into its air inlet, press your hand gently on the foil balloon’s surface, fold the deflated part of the foil balloon, and remove the straw from its air inlet. Below is the 4-step guide.

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 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.
insert the straw in foil balloon

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 the 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 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 closed. This instance will prevent the air from escaping the foil balloon.

How to Inflate Foil Balloon using a Straw?

  • Step 1: Insert the straw into the air inlet valve of the foil balloon
  • Step 2: Blow air through the straw to fill the foil balloon with air just enough for the latter to take its shape and not burst.
  • Step 3: Pull out the straw slowly from the foil balloon’s air inlet valve. Doing so will allow the balloon’s self-sealing valve to close itself automatically.

Are Foil Balloons Bad for the Environment?

Yes, because foil balloons are made of non-biodegradable materials which means they will not decompose. This is why it is better to reuse them multiple times whenever possible.

*I hope this helps!

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