How long do our helium balloons last and float for?
We often get asked how long our balloons float for, and the answer is longer than you may think!
Helium molecules are some of the smallest on the planet, so it is a challenge to capture them and keep them in one place. Helium molecules slowly escaping from a balloon is the reason that balloons go down eventually.
However, here at The Party Co, we are always up for a challenge, so we try every trick in the book to ensure that we keep those helium molecules inside our balloons for as long as possible.
Here, we provide an overview of expected float time for the different types of balloons we supply, hopefully this will help you when planning when you need to order and collect your balloons.
Personalised Bubble Balloons – how long do balloons in a box sent in the post last?
Our personalised gift balloons are made from a special stretchy plastic which holds helium well - provided they are sealed properly. This type of balloon has an open neck so has to be hand sealed using a stretchy binding.
The biggest cause of a bubble balloon deflating prematurely will be because it has not been sealed properly. We have so much experience making these balloons that we can confidently say our personalised confetti gift balloons will float for between 7 to 10 days (probably longer). So you are okay to order these balloons to be delivered a couple of days before the event.
After a few days you will notice that the personalisation will start to wrinkle slightly as the balloon slowly reduces in size. This is part of the balloons natural “ageing” process, if you are careful you can lift and smooth the vinyl to keep them looking tip top for longer.
TOP TIP - when the balloon finally starts to go down, if you remove the balloon tail the reduction in weight should give you a few extra days float time.
Regular Latex Balloons – how long do latex balloons float for?
Latex is a natural material so is much more porous than the plastic used for the bubble balloons. Because of this latex balloons have historically had a fairly short float time, this all changed with the introduction of the amazing Hi Float.
Hi Float is a special solution which we use to coat the inside of our latex balloons to prevent the helium escaping. ALL our latex balloons are treated in this way. For a standard 11” latex balloon you can expect a float time of between 3 to 5 days (our record was 5 weeks!). The large 36” giant latex balloons will float between 3 to 10 days when treated with Hi Float.
Confetti Filled Latex Balloons – how long do confetti filled balloons float for?
We supply lots of confetti filled 11” latex balloons because they look so pretty!
These balloons are a little harder to stay afloat because of the weight of the confetti and also because using Hi Float in them is not so easy and gives a different end result.
If you want the confetti “loose” in the balloon so it moves around and pools in the bottom, you cannot put Hi Float in as it is a liquid gel and will cause the confetti to stick to the walls of the balloon. Latex confetti balloons without Hi Float have a float time of around 4 to 8 hours so it is best to inflate these as close as possible to the event. If we use Hi Float the float time extends to between 12 to 24 hours.
Foil Balloons – Foil balloons hold helium well as they are non porous, the helium usually escapes from the valve over time rather than the surface of the balloon. Because of this foil balloons have a long float time and can last for 2 to 3 weeks or more.
They will become “softer” and a little “baggy” as they age but they will be able to stay afloat long after the party is over.
You can view our range of confetti filled personalised balloons here