I made a balloon arch with a pump, after few minutes they all popped! :(

I'm pretty new at doing balloon decorations, I've done around 3 o 4 arches so far. They all looked so pretty and lasted a long time. I used to inflate them myself by mouth and leave them over night in an air conditioned place and next day outdoors and they lasted for a long time.

So I decided to buy my first electric pump for my last project, I used black and white color. 12" inflated pretty large probably 11" each. First time that I didn't tie them individually but I inflated 2 and just tied them together.

This one I made the same day and as soon I was done I put it outside. I live in Miami so weather was suuuuper hot! And after a few minutes all black balloons where gone!! :( and only few whites stayed in place...

What did I do wrong? Anything for me to change? Or should I just blame the hot weather?

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Preventing balloons from popping
by: Margit

I think it's safe to say that you can blame the hot weather ;-) From what you describe, you made a perfect balloon arch for using indoors. Decorating with balloons outdoors is always a bit tricky, especially in hot and humid weather.

Here are some tips for preventing balloons from popping:

  • Use only high quality latex balloons (e.g. from Qualatex).

  • First over-inflate your balloons, then deflate and inflate again, now to their proper size, using a balloon sizer.

  • For decorating outdoors, or in rooms that heat up, make sure to under-inflate your balloons (9 inches for 11 inch balloons, 10 inches for 12 inch balloons, etc.) so that the heat won't expand them to the point of popping.

  • Again for outdoors, use light colors rather than dark ones (as in your example, all black balloons popped, whereas some of the whites stayed in place).

  • Place table plastic on the floor underneath you column or arch, as even the tiniest bit of sand on the floor can pop the bottom balloons.

Hope that helps,

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