Balloons : Frequently Asked Questions


Float Time for Latex Balloons

11-inch balloons (untreated) will float approximately 12-18 hours
30-inch balloons (untreated) will float approximately 2-4 days
*Float times may vary depending upon weather conditions, used outdoors, or at elevations higher than sea level.

Hi-Float Treatment for Latex Balloons

Hi-Float is a non-toxic sealant which is added to the balloon prior to inflating. It helps to keep helium in the balloon longer in order to increase the float time of the balloon for up to several days. Latex balloons can be treated with Hi-Float at an additional cost.
*Float times may significantly decrease due to unusually warm or unusually cool or extremely humid weather conditions, or in direct sunlight.

Weather Conditions & Its Effects on Balloons

When balloons are exposed to direct sunlight and on very hot days, balloons will pop within an hour. The same will occur when balloons are exposed to sunlight from windows. In cold weather conditions, the balloons will shrink and float times will decrease.
When indoors or outdoors, constant air flow will increase the speed of the helium escaping from the balloon which will result in reduced float time.

Safety Precautions

Do not inhale helium from a balloon. Helium is not toxic nor flammable, but breathing it can result in asphyxiation (loss of consciousness due to insufficient oxygen).
Popped latex balloons present a choking hazard for small children. Do not leave small children unaccompanied with latex balloons.