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Old 19-11-2018, 12:52 PM
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So how do you clean the grease and fingerprints i want to get the shine back I'm thinking water any other Ideas
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Old 19-11-2018, 04:32 PM
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You can't get the luster of a balloon back...as far as I know
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Old 20-11-2018, 12:14 AM
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Blow up a new one?
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Old 20-11-2018, 12:38 AM
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ok but the thing is I don't have the money to keep using new ones everytime a loon gets dirty and plus the balloon is special to me so I want it to last I think I'm going to try a wetwipe to make it look less dirty
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Old 20-11-2018, 01:51 AM
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ok but the thing is I don't have the money to keep using new ones everytime a loon gets dirty and plus the balloon is special to me so I want it to last I think I'm going to try a wetwipe to make it look less dirty
Wet Wipes might pop the balloon, depends on the ingredients. Get Balloon Shine, google it.
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Old 20-11-2018, 02:52 AM
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Greetings Dude1234, great topic!

I would like to offer a suggestion based on my own personal experience.

**Disclaimer - Your results may vary, so proceed with caution!**

I wash my balloons with hot tap water both inside and out which takes out the wrinkles and shrinks the balloon back down to almost its original size. Then dry them with paper towels. I have also turned the balloons inside out to dry them. A trick is to take an (unsharpened) pencil to push the balloon through its own neck.

I also have experimented with Armor-All protectant, the stuff you clean and polish the interior of cars with. I wipe the balloon with the Armor-All and then put them together in a plastic Zip-Loc style bag. Now here is my warning! Do not dunk your entire collection into a bucket and soak the whole lot with Armor-All! Do not mix your "Armor-All'ed" balloons with your new balloon collection! And do not leave these Armor-All'ed balloons for many many months sealed up tight in a bag! I did this and many balloons became kinda mushy and gross and unable to be inflated! However, this took many months of "neglect" to occur.

The Armor-All makes the balloons very nice and shiny. I have had the best experience with Tuf-Tex and Qualatex with this practice. I cannot tell you what other balloon manufacturers results will be. This is something worth experimenting with. Perhaps take one balloon from each manufacturer and experiment with them to see what happens.

As for other brands of polymer-based auto detail chemicals, like Son-Of-A-Gun and whatever European or Canadian brands that may exist may have wildly different results.

Long story short; hot tap water and Armor-All work great from my experience, give it a try!

**LIGHTNING EDIT: Here is a link to what I have used https://www.walmart.com/ip/Armor-All...ctant/19897917 **

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Old 20-11-2018, 08:58 AM
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Mikethebouncer great idea Im going to try this thanks for your suggestion. Casey88 ok thanks i didnt think it might Pop it
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Old 21-11-2018, 02:04 AM
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This is from Hi-Float's website. I haven't tried it myself.

Coating the Outside of Air-Filled Balloons After Inflation

A diluted ULTRA HI-FLOAT coating may be applied to the outside of the latex balloon after it is inflated to keep it from oxidizing (turning chalky). This is especially useful for clear balloons with items such as stuffed animals placed inside. Treating the outside of an air-filled clear balloon will keep it bright and clear for several weeks if it is cared for properly.

This photo shows a bear in a balloon, with half of the balloon coated with HI-FLOAT and the other half uncoated. The treated half remains clear even after several weeks, while the uncoated half starts turning chalky after a few days.

Warning: Air-filled balloons with an external coating of HI-FLOAT must be kept in a climate-controlled location. Heat and/or high humidity can cause the balloon to burst or deflate prematurely.

This dilute coating method does not work well on helium-filled balloons, since it can cause streaking.

To coat the outside of an air-filled balloon:

Stuff and inflate the balloon.
Attach the stuffed balloon to a cup and stick to provide a handle.
Mix 1 cup of HI-FLOAT with 2 cups of warm water. Stir gently to avoid making foam.
Place the balloon in a large pan, and gently pour the liquid over it while slowly rotating the balloon as shown the figure to the right. Make sure the entire outside surface of the balloon is wetted.
Hang the coated balloon up by the handle so that it can drip dry. Under normal conditions, drying takes about 30 minutes.
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The Armor-All makes the balloons very nice and shiny. I have had the best experience with Tuf-Tex and Qualatex with this practice.
How long does the effect of armor all last?
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I don't clean them, I pop them...
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