How can I prevent my stuffed latex balloon from becoming cloudy?

by Virginia
(Lake Havsu City, AZ)

They appear to be okay at first, then become more cloudy looking even when kept away from sun and heat.

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oxadization with balloons NEW
by: Elaine

Has anyone noticed that the balloon goes cloudy when it oxidizes but if you lift the cup underneath that supportes the balloon it is clear. Makes me think that if we could find a clear bag that seals these balloons when they are inflated they would stay clear for a longer time

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Keeping Stuffed Balloons Clear
by: Margit

Hi Virginia,

As latex balloons are biodegradable, it is normal that they oxidize and become cloudy over time as they degrade. Heat, sun and high humidity can accelerate the process, so you are doing the right thing by keeping your stuffed balloon away from sun and heat.

The producers of the Keepsake Balloon Stuffing machine (one of the major players in the area of balloon stuffing machines) recommend to coat the balloon with a silicon compound (for example "Stay Clear", "Balloon Shine" or "Balloon Shield"). If you spray the balloon with the silicon compound and polish it with a cotton glove, the balloon will shine more and stay clearer longer.

Hope that helps.

Margit

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