How long will my balloon decorations last?

June 2, 2017

"How long do balloons last? has to be one of the top five questions our customers ask.  The answer is by no means straightforward and depends on a number of factors. 

 

Here, we explore some of the factors affecting the life expectancy of latex balloons.

 

Helium-filled latex balloons

 

When filled with helium, an 11 inch latex balloon will generally float for between 18-24 hours, however if your balloon has a metallic or pearl finish, its average flying time reduces to 16-18 hours.

 

You can extend the flying time of your helium-filled latex balloons quite significantly by treating the un-inflated balloon with a product called ULTRA HI-FLOAT.  HI-FLOAT contains a water-soluble plastic, which dries inside the balloon to form a coating which helps to retain the helium molecules.

 

Air-filled latex balloons

 

Air-filled latex balloons do not float, however, they have the advantage of generally having a longer life than helium-filled balloons.  Air-filled balloons can last several days, even weeks, in the right conditions.

 

Exposure to ultraviolet light and air

 

Latex balloons are made from pure latex rubber, a natural substance which is biodegradable. As soon as a latex balloon is exposed to daylight or air, the countdown on the balloon's life begins, no matter whether or not the balloon is inflated. This is why it is important to store un-inflated balloons in an air-tight container or bag, which in turn should be kept in a drawer, cupboard or other darkened environment.

 

Once a latex balloon has been inflated, whether with air or helium, the balloon will slowly start to biodegrade.

 

Qualatex, the leading balloon brand, say their latex balloons biodegrade at approximately the same rate as an oak leaf, which takes about a year.

 

About the author

 

Melanie Allen is a balloon artist and the owner of Balloon Artworks, the Derbyshire-based balloon business specializing in high-quality balloon modelling and balloon decoration for parties, weddings and corporate events.

 

 

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Safety Advice

Balloons are a choking hazard.  Children under 8 years old can choke and suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons.  Adult supervision required.

Balloons are not suitable for children under the age of 36 months.

Latex balloons are made from natural rubber latex which can cause an allergic reaction.

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As a balloon artist in Ripley, Derbyshire in the East Midlands I  create unique balloon decor and balloon decorations, as well as  organic balloons and organic balloon decor and party balloons for wedding balloons and wedding balloon decor for wedding receptions. As well as balloons for corporate events and corporate event balloon decor. I also specialise in birthday party balloons and birthday party balloon decorations for special birthdays including 1st birthday party balloon decorations, 1st birthday balloons, 5th birthday party balloon decorations, 5th birthday balloons, 10th birthday party balloons, 18th birthday party balloons and 18th birthday balloon decorations, 21st birthday party balloons and 21st birthday balloon decorations, 30th birthday balloons, 40th birthday balloons, 50th birthday balloons, 60th birthday balloons, 70th birthday balloons, 80th birthday balloons, 90th birthday balloons, 100th birthday balloons.  I also create unique balloon decor for wedding anniversary balloon decorations including 25th wedding anniversary balloons, 50th wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding balloons, golden wedding balloons, golden wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding anniversary balloons and ballon decor and ballon decorations. My expertise as a balloon decorator is particularly important when create balloon decor for corporate events and event planners, for corporate balloon decor and corporate balloon decorations, balloons for corporate events, corporate balloons and balloons for corporate functions and corporate awards ceremony balloons and corporate awards balloon decorations. As a balloon modeller and balloon twister I am an expert in balloon modelling and balloon twisting and I create amazing balloon animals and balloon animal models and I publish how to videos and balloon tutorials showing how to make balloon animals and learn balloon modelling and learn balloon twisitng. My balloon videos and balloon tutorials and balloon video tutorials are sold across the world. 

 

I am based in Ripley in Amber Valley in Derbyshire.  I also cover Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. I attend parties and events for balloon modelling and balloon twisting in Alfreton, Heanor, Chesterfield and Swanwick.  I also provide balloon modelling for children's parties at Belper, Selston, Hucknall, Papplewick and Linby and Nutall. I decorate parties across the East Midlands and reguarly visit Heanor, Eastwood, Langley Mill, Ilkeston, Brinsley, Underwood, Kimberley, Sutton in Ashfield, Selston and Kirkby in Ashfield, and also Somercotes and Leabrooks and Swanwick. I work as a balloon artist in Pinxton, South Normanton, Mansfield, Forest Town, Waingroves, Marehay, Denby, Blackbrook, Shottle Hall, Holbrook and Derby. Littleover and Mickleover are also areas which I cover as a balloon modeller, in addition to Repton, Loscoe, Risley, Mapperley and The Park, Beeston, Chilwell and Arnold, as well as Codnor, Ambergate, Riddings, Bagthorpe, Ravenshead, Pinxton, Jacksdale, Brinsley, Clay Cross. Other areas I cover South Wingfield, Crich, Newstead, West Hallam and Giltbrook, in addition to Wingerworth, Mansfield Woodhouse and Shirebrook, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Cromford, as well as Little Eaton and Long Eaton and Breadsall and West Bridgford in Nottingham and NG2 area. 

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