Balloon and Accessories
Balloons, Pumps and Accessories
Storing Uninflated Balloons So They Last
- Balloons should be stored away from heat, light and exposure to the air.
Does freezing help preserve balloons?
It seems to have worked well for my balloons. Mine are more than 5 years old, kept for almost all of that time in a freezer. They seem just fine. I do not thaw and re-freeze them much, though, which may make a lot of difference. They are also 260Es (double dipped) rather than 260As (single dipped), which might make a lot of difference, too.
- I used to keep my balloon supply in the freezer, and there were times when I'd have the same gross in there for a year, or more, and they always worked just fine, even after all that time.
- I often hear of people storing their balloons in the freezer section of their refrigerator. You can do it without harming the balloon but it is not necessary. Of course you must let the balloon thaw out before attempting to inflate it. Some clowns who twist in cold weather, keep their balloons in an inside pocket so that their balloons will be warm enough to inflate. Cold balloons are too stiff and will often burst upon inflation. Storing your balloons in a refrigerator is okay, but not necessary either. As far as the storage temperature is concerned, room temperature of about 72 degrees F is all that is needed. The typical air conditioned home is fine.
In the summer months I keep balloons in the crisper drawer in the fridge and transport them in a cooler with either ice, or those re- freezeable blue jobbies. It helps epecially when working outside.
- The thing you want to worry about is keeping balloons in your car way too long. When you pack up your car to go to a gig, be sure balloons are one of the last things you put in your car. When you get home from your gig, be sure balloons are one of the first things you take out. Nothing kills balloons more than heat from a car.
- To get the longest life out of your latex balloons, they should be stored away from extreme temperatures (hot or cold) and away from light. This is why I use the large insulated coolers like the ones for camping or picnics. Latex will keep for years stored this way.
Carrying Uninflated Balloons So They Last
- Carrying balloons around in a coat pocket seems likely to flex them a lot while they are cold. This is definitely bad for them. Ziplock bags are pretty good for storing balloons, they keep the air away.
- Keep the uninflated balloons out of the reach of crowds, and preferably in a cool place. You don't want them melting before you get to use them. If you bring a cooler with drinks, but the balloons in there.
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