How To Care For Your Flag
Your Flags will add color where ever they live, and can be changed with the Seasons or the Holidays.
We hope these hints will help You care for your new Flag and enjoy it longer.
Flags are made from a variety of fabrics, including polyester, rip-stop nylon, Solar Max, and flag cloth.
Given reasonable care your flag should provide maximum service and satisfaction.
1. Only Flags made specifically for exterior use should be displayed outdoors.
2. For best results, do not expose your Flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds: these can shorten its life considerably.
Should the flag become wet, it should be spread out and allowed to dry completely.
DO NOT fold or roll-up a wet or damp flag.
3. To keep its rich colors looking bright, clean your flag regularly before soils can set in the fabric.
Outdoor flags can be hand-washed with warm water and a mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to dry.
DO NOT let the flag stand in the wash water or you might experience some color “bleeding” onto other parts of the flag.
Also, many dry cleaning establishments will clean Old Glory free of charge, especially during the period just prior to Flag Day, June 14.
4. DO NOT place the flag where the wind will whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables, etc.
The smallest tear can soon result in a tattered flag.
Keep pole surfaces free of heavy dirt, rust and corrosion that could damage your flag.
5. Inspect your flag regularly for sign of wear. In particular, look for "normal wear" in the fabric or thread which may occur in the "fly" end.
This is the end farthest away from the staff. Trimming off and re-hemming torn or frayed ends will help extend the life of your flag.
How Long Will a Flag last ? There is no exact answer.
The US Gov't generally expects a nylon or cotton bunting flag to last approximately 90 days, based on daily usage from sunrise to sunset.
Poly II will have a longer life.
Tests have shown that in some cases a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only 1/4 as long as one flown during daylight hours only.
Regardless of how well it is constructed a flag is, after all, a piece of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements.
However, it has been well documented that reasonably good care can contribute greatly to a longer life.
NOTE to Large Flag Users (12' x 18' & Up):
Larger Flags naturally represent a more significant investment and as such, should be give maximum protection.
Pay special attention to #5 above and keep your flag in good repair.
Consider having two flags and rotating them on a regular basis. Tests have shown that flag fibers actually benefit from periodic “rest”.
Also, you will not be without a flag while one is being cleaned or repaired.
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