FAQ

Q. How long will a latex helium balloon float?

A. 9 inch latex balloon will float approx 8-10 hours 

11 inch latex balloons approx 12-20 hours.  

16 inch latex balloon float approx 30 to 35 hours 

30 inch latex balloons float approx 3 to 5 Days 

36 inch latex balloons float approx 3 to 5 Days 

Q. What is ULTRA Hi-Float?

A. ULTRA HI-FLOAT balloon treatment is a solution of a plastic material dissolved in water. It forms a coating inside latex balloons that greatly reduces helium or air loss. Helium-filled latex balloons treated with Ultra High Float will float 25 times longer on average. Note: Hi-Float is only used on latex balloons. Mylar and plastic Bubbles balloons will retain the helium and float longer than latex balloons.

Q. Does the weather and temperature effect balloons?

A. Balloons and helium are effected by elevation, sunlight, heat, cold and wind.

Hot days, direct sunlight or heaters can cause the balloons to expand and pop. 

Cold environments and air conditioning will cause helium molecules to shrink, reducing the size and float time of balloons.

Outdoors exposure of balloons will increase the speed at which helium molecules escape through the wall of the balloon, resulting in reduced float time.

Q. Is it safe to inhale helium from a balloon? 

A. Inhaling helium may seem as if it is harmless, it can cause dizziness and even asphyxiation. Additional side effects include nausea, vomiting, and/or loss of consciousness. Never inhale helium from a balloon or canister.

Q. Is it okay to release Mylar (metallic) foils and latex balloons in the air?

A.  Mylar (metallic) helium filled balloons, can cause damage to power lines and cause power outages. .

Latex balloons are made from the sap of rubber trees - a completely natural substance, it breaks down when exposed to the elements of nature. .A oak leaf and a balloon side by side in a clear container of dirt, the latex balloon will decompose at about the same rate as an oak leaf.

Latex balloons that have ribbon attached can be harmful to animals and their habitats. We discourage releasing balloons.

 

Q. Can you you use Mylar foil and latex balloons more than once?

A. Mylar (metallic) foil balloons can be refilled with helium several times.  Latex balloons are biodegradable and can only be used once.

With the price of helium, we suggest you leave the helium in the Mylar, it will cost less to refill.  Inside the Mylar is a thin plastic valve, if you jam a straw into the valve incorrectly and tear the plastic, the Mylar will not hold the helium. Do not crumble up the Mylar, this can damage the Mylar and cause cracks in the material.

Q. I have a latex allergy, do you have balloons that don't have latex?.

A. Yes, Bubbles and Foil Mylars are latex free.