Helium Float Times
Balloons that require helium inflation will be inflated 1 hour before the specified collection or delivery time to ensure balloons are in perfect condition for your event.
Please take note of the following helium balloon float times:
- 11″ Latex: Floats in the air for 8 hours
- 18″ Latex: Floats in the air for 12 hours
- 30″ & 36″ Latex: Floats in the air for 24 hours
- 18″ – 40″ Foil: Floats in the air for at least 1-2 days
- 24″ Bubble: Floats in the air for at least 3-4 days
Kindly note that the float times listed serve as a general guideline. It is ultimately subject to weather conditions, temperature of the surrounding environment and how the helium-inflated balloons are handled and transported.
We recommend picking up your balloons 1-2 hours prior to your event.
Caring For Your Balloons
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.
Always ensure your balloons are kept indoors, in a climate-controlled location. In hot weather, keep balloons in an air-conditioned location. Outdoor exposure to sun, wind and rain will reduce float life significantly.
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. High humidity can also interfere with the balloon’s float life. 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.
Keep your balloons away from direct contact with heating & cooling devices.
Keep your balloons away from light bulbs or sharp objects
Please note that sudden changes in environment (eg. Sudden change in surrounding temperature) can interfere with the balloon’s float life. A consistent temperature ensures that your balloons won’t be shocked and damaged by the fluctuations.
Transporting Your Balloons
It is very important to get your balloons home or to your event as soon as possible.
Do not place balloons in a hot vehicle; run the air-conditioner first. 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 balloons in a hot, parked car.
Bags should be used for transport only and balloons should be in the bag for no longer than an hour or so. Extended periods of time in bags can reduce the balloon float time.
We recommend going for our balloon delivery service which will ensure that your balloons arrive safely at your event venue.
Free-Floating Ceiling Balloons
If you’re intending to get helium balloons to be released into the ceiling for a free-floating effect, do take note of the following:
Do remember to assess the ceiling where you intend to release the balloons for free-floating. It is rare to find an actual flat ceiling. Certain materials (such as stucco, sound board, rough ceiling, cedar, sprinkler nozzles halogen lighting, etc.) may cause balloons to pop.
Free-floating ceiling balloons are sensitive to their environment and are recommended for flat, dry-wall surface ceiling.
Avoid leaving them in areas with a ceiling fan or a very hot ceiling light, which may result in the helium balloons popping.
All balloons come with a standard ribbon length 1.5m. Sprinkie Parties will not extend he ribbon length unless the client has opted for set-up, at an additional cost.
Latex balloons upon first inflation, will have a glossy surface (Unless customer has selected balloons from the matte range). Some designs will also look translucent. This finish can be temporary and the balloons may begin to appear to look cloudy or have a matte or opaque finish after some time. These changes are a result of oxidation. This change in look is standard for all balloons.
Caring For The Environment
We do not encourage balloon releases. When balloons are released into the air they will fall into our environment as litter. Although they are completely biodegradable, they may cause harm to animals and marine life.
Please refrain from releasing foil balloons outdoors as they are constructed of electrically conductive material (foil) which can become entangled in electric lines, causing power outages and damage.
Please do not inhale helium from a balloon. This may cause you to lose consciousness due to insufficient oxygen in your lungs hence causing asphyxiation.
Please dispose of burst, uninflated balloons properly as they can be choking hazard to children.