Repairing Damaged Advertising Inflatables During An Event
Aside from your inflatable being stolen, having it damaged in some way during an event is just about the worst thing that can happen. However, there are several ways to quickly rectify the situation so the event can continue as planned.
On-site Repair Techniques
If the tear in your inflatable is relatively small, you may choose one of two ways to repair your balloon on-site. Both sewing and patching the inflatable can hold it long enough to finish the event.
Sewing Your Inflatable
A needle, thread (strong enough to mend your balloon) and spare pieces of fabric are included in the repair kit you received with your inflatable. To repair your balloon, simply pinch the torn material together and sew by hand using small stitches.
Patching Your Inflatable
Patching the tear can be done quickly with a self-adhesive patch. You can also use a standard patch and apply a HH-66 glue to both the patch and inflatable surface. Make sure the patch is big enough to cover an area approximately 1/2 inch larger than the tear.
Call Local Repair Outlets
If you have no desire or ability to repair the inflatable yourself, you can attempt to find a local repair outlet. Call one of the following establishments to ask for help. These types of businesses are generally equipped to repair inflatables:
- Tent Makers
- Upholstery Shops
- Awning Companies
- Sign Shops
- Inflatable Rental Companies
Return Your Inflatable To Landmark for Repairs
If the damage is due to a manufacturing defect or open seam the repair should be covered under your warranty. Landmark will pay for the repair cost as well as return the inflatable via ground shipping if our workmanship is found to be defective. Other types of damage that occur during normal use are not covered by warranty.
Preventing Damage To Your Inflatable
The best recourse is to prevent damage from the onset. Use these tips to help keep your inflatable in the best condition possible.
- If winds are greater than 20 mph check the inflatable regularly to ensure it is still securely anchored. In most instances, you’ll want to deflate your inflatable until the conditions become more favorable.
- Don’t leave deflated balloons on rooftops. Once you’ve deflated your balloon be sure to carefully pack it and store it in a safe shelter.
- Don’t pack your inflatable when wet. Bacteria and mold can eat away the material and cause holes as well as awful odors.