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All About Our Balloons


Recognized as The Very Best, Qualatex latex balloons are made in the USA and Canada from 100% natural, biodegradable latex with no added fillers. As testament to Pioneer's commitment to quality, Qualatex balloons are produced in plants that have met ISO9001/2000 standards. Qualatex balloons are also backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.


Quite simply, our customers notice the Qualatex Difference.

  • Long float times for greater consumer satisfaction

  • A full range of coordinating balloons including latex, Microfoil, and Bubble Balloons

  • Low burst rates that save labor time, helium, and product while ensuring customer satisfaction

Ultra HiFloat

All of our latex balloons are treated on site or at HQ with Ultra HiFloat Solution as standard! We do not chage any extra for this service as it is imperitive to the quality standards that we set ourselves, and what sets us apart from the competition.

Ultra HiFloat is a patented liquid solution that dries inside latex helium-filled balloons to form a coating that helps hold in the helium. A single squirt inside the balloon keeps it floating longer – up to 25 times longer!

Safe, nontoxic and biodegradable, HI-FLOAT is trusted by professional party planners around the Globe.

Best of all, HI-FLOAT is convenient and easy to use. In fact, you can inflate your balloons a day before the party so that you can concentrate on other preparations. No more last-minute decorating which allows us greater flexibility when planning set ups or accessing venues on your behalf.

Keep balloons fun!  Be responsible!

Qualatex® is committed to the responsible use of balloons.  When handling balloons, always remember:

  • Never release balloons into the atmosphere. 

  • Never inhale helium gas.

  • Always use a balloon pump to inflate your balloons.

  • Always secure helium-filled balloons weight.

  • When you're done enjoying your balloons, cut the ends and properly dispose.

  • Keep children safe when playing with balloons and dispose any deflated or popped balloons right away.


Stance on Balloon Releases:

Worth the Weight: Balloons Should Not Be Released

As a leader of The Balloon Council, Pioneer Balloon Company has worked with others to implement a new industry position against releasing any balloon into the environment. Don't let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy. 

Worth the Weight: The Balloon Council says balloons should not be released.  People love balloons, but for many reasons no longer support balloon releases.  We, along with other balloon makers, have worked hard to share and inspire the use of Smart Balloon Practices to keep balloons available for every occasion.

We stand with communities by encouraging that balloons be weighted, not released outdoors, and disposed of properly when broken or deflated.  Whether it's a single balloon or hundreds, let's keep them from flying away.

Fun Balloon Facts

  • Qualatex latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic. Our latex balloons are biodegradable, and decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your backyard!

  • Latex balloons come from rubber trees. Latex is collected by cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup. Latex harvesting doesn’t hurt the tree!

  • Latex balloons are Earth-friendly! Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years!

  • If the sound of a balloon popping startles you, you’re not alone. A bursting balloon actually creates a small sonic boom! Once a hole is made in an inflated balloon, the quick release of the balloon’s energy, or air, causes the hole to grow at almost the speed of sound in rubber. Since this speed is much higher than the speed of sound in air, the hole in the balloon actually breaks the sound barrier, creating a sonic boom.

  • Balloons were invented in 1824, the same year as the electromagnet.

  • Pioneer manufactures nearly one billion Qualatex latex balloons per year.

  • Helium-filled balloons float because helium is lighter than nitrogen and oxygen, the two components of air.

  • For 100 years, Qualatex balloons have celebrated big events worldwide — from American political conventions to Korean television specials.

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