A bit of Science
As helium molecules heat they start moving and expanding, this movement puts pressure on a latex balloon and can cause it to expand and pop. On a hot day this movement will also speed up the float time of your balloon and significantly reduce it. On the opposite spectrum; when helium molecules get cold, they shrink which makes balloons, especially foils and mylar balloons appear underinflated. Be assured, once the balloons re-enter your warm car or home the molecules will re-expand and your balloons will look good as new. If left in the cold too long, the balloon may struggle to go back to “perfection”.
Balloon Guarantee & Replacement
On average, our balloons float for the following amount of time. We do not guarantee these float times as a number of factors can reduce this number. However - we do guarantee they’ll float for a full 12 hours. If they sink within that 12 hour time frame, please message us so we can issue you a replacement.
Balloon Float Times
* Hi-Float is safe, nontoxic, water soluble and biodegradable used to extend the float time of latex balloons. *
As latex balloons are biodegradable, it is normal that they (all colors and clear) oxidize and become cloudy over time as they degrade. Heat, sun and high humidity can accelerate this process. Latex balloons are not reusable. If your balloons are for an outdoor party, don’t bring them out until the last minute. That way they look fresh.
It is possible to re-use most foil balloons but we cannot guarantee that it will work every time as they are fairly delicate but it is worth a try. Expel the air from your balloon by inserting a long straw quite a distance into the self sealing valve, the air will then start to come out and you can flatten and fold your balloon.
Heat and sunlight act like kryptonite to balloons. Storing your balloons in a cool place can do wonders for making them last much longer than they would otherwise. For foil balloons, try to maintain a consistent temperature so they won’t be shocked and damaged by the fluctuations.
If you are throwing an all-day outdoor party or weekend event, you will want to take extra precautions to preserve your balloons. Helium molecules expand when exposed to heat, and this continual increase of heat and pressure from the molecules moving about may lead to noisy and disruptive balloon popping. You may be tempted to throw some water on them to cool them off, but that can actually cause them to stick together and pop as well. Instead, stick with light coloured balloons since they won’t heat up as fast as their dark counterparts would. Also, bring them indoors at the end of the day so they are not left out all night. As the temperature drops, the balloons will shrink and when they become enlarged the next morning it may lead to popping. We cannot guaranteed balloons used outdoors.
Latex balloons 12”: 2-4 days
Latex ballooons 18”+ : 4-7 days
Mylar/Foils: 5+ days and up to 2 weeks
All of our latex balloons are hifloated for free to optimize their float life.
Please note, any balloons stuffed with confetti will greatly lessen the float time due to the added weight. These balloons are guaranteed to float for 24 hours.
Balloons and Cars
It is very important to get your balloons home or to your event as soon as possible. Balloons can pop when exposed to hot metal objects such as awnings, the outside of the car or seatbelt parts. We recommend turning on air conditioning to allow for the temperature of the car to come down before placing balloons into the car. Do not leave car unattended while it’s turned on. If air conditioning is not available, you may want to open your doors and allow the car to ‘air out’ for a few minutes. Traveling with your windows “partially” down so there is a cross breeze can be helpful. Balloons may escape if the window/s are opened too far.
NOTE: Helium expands in the heat. Warm or hot temperatures can bring balloons down faster than their proper float time and may result in popping.
DO NOT TO PUT BALLOONS INTO A HOT CAR OR LEAVE BALLOONS IN A HOT PARKED CAR.
Balloons and the wind
Make sure your balloons are secured in your hands (we even suggest hugging those jumbo balloons) as they are being placed in a car. Yanking a balloon into the car in the opposite direction of the wind can cause your balloon to pop or tear due to the force. No. We do not replace balloons for free if they blow away.
Balloons and ceiling