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Frequently Asked

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Our balloons are made from liquid latex, which is tapped from rubber trees and then brought to our factory in Italy where it is dyed with natural pigments to create a rainbow of over 60 beautiful colours. Our ceramic molds, developed over many years, are then dipped into the vats of latex before passing through a tunnel of hot air. The heat triggers the vulcanization process. The balloons are then removed from their molds with a jet of air, washed and dried and then inflated ready for printing. When the design has dried they can be packaged and are ready to lift the moment all around the world.

Gemar balloons are manufactured from rubber latex, a natural polymer that is preserved throughout our manufacturing processes. Our latex is responsibly sourced, sustainable and biodegrades at roughly the same rate as an oak leaf, about two years under normal environmental conditions.

Despite the sustainability of the balloon materials, Gemar® does not recommend balloon releases because what goes up must come down. Litter of any kind is unsightly and potentially dangerous to wildlife. We recommend that all balloons are popped and binned after use. Our motto is “Don’t let go”.

Gemar uses responsibly sourced natural rubber latex also known as caoutchouc, a milky sap harvested from the Hevea Brasiliensis rubber tree in the same way that maple syrup is tapped from maple trees.
This natural and renewable material is preserved throughout the manufacturing process and biodegrades at about the same rate as an oak leaf.

For more information see our Go green section

Here at Gemar® we take our responsibilities seriously and recognise the importance of sustainability both for the environment and the people who are part of Gemar®. Everyday we work hard to maintain our ISO 14001 certification, which offers validation of the systems and processes Gemar® has created to minimise the environmental impact of its business and production. To achieve the accreditation we had to show that we met a series of standards with regards to environmental management and identify and prove that we followed the laws and regulations that have been put in place to protect the planet. We continuously strive to improve our processes and practices with the goal of building a sustainable business.

For more information see our Go green section

There is evidence of balloons going back at least 6 centuries, initially made from animal intestines and bladders. The first latex balloon was made in 1824 by Michael Faraday, as part of an experiment with hydrogen. He cut the balloon shape from two sheets of rubber, pressed the edges together and dusted the inside with flour to stop the balloon sticking to itself. He describes it inflating and becoming transparent, just as a modern balloon does. A year later Thomas Hancock introduced a rubber balloon to the market, in the form of a DIY kit with rubber solution and a syringe. 1847 saw the first truly modern manufactured balloons, made from vulcanized rubber by J. G. Ingram in London.

For more information see the History of balloons section.

As a manufacturer, we have built long-standing, positive relationships with our partners and stockists around the world. Gemar® products can be bought directly through them.
To find out where your nearest GemarPartner is, click here.

When you see these symbols by Gemar® products we recommend that you do not use your mouth to inflate and instead use a balloon pump for your own safety. Using a pump removes the risk of bursting and injury.

How do I fill a latex balloon with air?

How do I fill a foil balloon with air?

How do I tie a ribbon to a latex balloon?

How do I tie a ribbon to a foil balloon?

How do I fix a balloon to the BalloonGrip™ balloon holder?

How do I measure a modelling balloon?

How do I measure a round balloon?

Ready to say goodbye to dull, oxidized balloons? Just spray on the new HI-SHINE, the “wipe-free” way to keep balloons fresh for weeks. It coats balloons without gloves or wiping.

Keeps latex balloons shiny for weeks and weeks; balloons treated with HI-SHINE look brighter and shinier than when they were first inflated!
Restore the shine to latex balloons that have become dull or cloudy.
Use with air-filled decor and helium-filled balloons.
Safe and non-toxic.
Combine Hi-Float and HI-SHINE for balloons that defy gravity – and time – for longer than ever.

How to HiShine latex balloons?

Gemar balloons should be disposed of in your household waste. Here at Gemar® we say, pop it and bin it!

How do I fill a latex balloon with helium?

How do I fill a foil balloon with helium?

You can fill a balloon with water with our waterbomb balloons
You can also decorate balloons with accessories such as paper, confetti, paint or glitter. Check out some nice ideas.

How do I tie a ribbon to a latex balloon?

How do I tie a ribbon to a foil balloon?

How do I fix a balloon to the BalloonGrip™ balloon holder?

Please be aware of the following: We recommend balloons remain sealed in the packet until needed.

Yes, Gemar® manufactures helium quality balloons. Please check our Helium table information for recommended sizes.

Helium balloons deflate quicker than balloons filled with air because the helium particles are lighter than air particles and they escape through the pores of a natural latex balloon.

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We recommend treating the balloons with a balloon coating gel such as “Hi-­Float,” or similar. This gel forms a coating inside the latex balloon which obstructs the pores and keeps the helium particles inside the balloon for longer performance.
Make sure you a tight knot in the neck of the balloon and if you are attaching ribbons make sure to tie below the knot.

How do I fill a latex balloon with helium?

How do I fill a foil balloon with helium?

How do I tie a ribbon to a latex balloon?

How do I tie a ribbon to a foil balloon?

How do I fix a balloon to the BalloonGrip™ balloon holder?

How to treat latex balloons with HiFloat?

The amount of helium you need will depend on the size of the balloon you want to fill.

There are a few things that affect how long a balloon lasts after being inflated, the weather and room temperature are important factors. Balloons filled with air last longer than those filled with helium, and latex balloons can be treated with Hi-Float to make them last longer.

To prolong their life, we recommend keeping pre-inflated balloons in a sealed balloon transport bag until they are used.

You’ll find our helium table below. You must take into account that this floating timetable refers to untreated balloons (no Hi-Float).

For more information see PartySafe website.

For more information see EBPC website.

Balloons are delivered deflated in original Gemar® sealed pack. Before use please read the warnings and information on the package and enjoy our products safely.

Gemar prides itself on the variety of balloon sizes, shapes and designs available. You can see our exclusive range in our Catalogue and on our website.

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Balloons have always played an important role in religion and science, from Galileo testing the weight of air to modern weather balloons. They are also used in medicine and for projects like lifting shipwrecks. It seems that balloons have almost unlimited uses!

The simple toy balloon has many uses as well, from marketing to physiotherapy. Of course, the most common use is as a decoration for special events, where balloons are one of the few things that can mark both happy and sad occasions. They can be fun playthings for a child’s birthday, a show stopping display for a new year party or elegant centrepieces for a wedding. 91% of people say they enjoy playing with balloons, a staggeringly high number that shows just how universal the joy of balloons really is.

Gemar is passionate about the power of balloons to bring joy which is why we want to provide you with all the support and information you need to really lift the moment. We have a series of free videos, available through our Balloonista program, that will teach you everything you need to know as a beginner.

Please check our training section

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