Proper Care and Maintenance for Flags
You might be thinking about buying a US flag to raise on your flagpole. More often than not, when you buy a flagpole, the seller will include everything you need to have it installed, including the flag.
Have you ever wondered why we honor the American flag? There are many reasons why we honor the flag. Still, none as simple as remembering the flag is a reminder of liberty, unity, and patriotism. In fact, one’s flag for their country is symbolic for people worldwide.
Once you have a flag on hand, the next thing you have to think about is how to properly clean and maintain it. To help you maximize the lifespan of your flag, here are tips on proper care and use:
Check the Flag for Any Signs of Tears
You have to check the flag regularly, as it is normal for it to show signs of wear and tear, including thread breaks. Do not expect it to be in its best shape forever, as it is always in the elements. Re-hemming torn spots and trimming off threads can help to prevent further damage.
Check Where the Flag is Placed
Make sure the flag is safe from hitting rough surfaces such as wires, cables, or tree branches while waving. You should also make sure the surfaces of the flagpole are free of corrosion, rust, and heavy dirt.
Remove the Flag When Necessary
Do not force your flag to be waving 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Do not let it fly, particularly during heavy rain, snow, and high winds. It is okay to pull it down once in a while to maximize its life and prevent it from getting damaged.
Do Not Fold it When it is Damp or Wet
When the flag is wet, do not fold it until it is dry. Hang or lay it flat to ensure it dries completely. Remember not to let it touch the ground while it is drying or at anytime.
Clean the Flag
To keep the bright colors of the flag, clean it regularly. It is important to do this before discoloration and soiling from smoke, dirt, dust, and other pollutants in the air set on the flag’s fabric. You can machine wash flags if the manufacturer allows you to do so. If you have questions, contact the company where you purchased the flag.
Know Which Fabrics to Display Outdoors
Not all fabrics should be displayed outdoors. Be mindful of which material your flag is made of and the best way to display it. That being said, there are several fabrics for outdoor use, such as polyester, Tough-Tex, and nylon flags.
Know When it is Time to Change
If you want the flag-waving on your property in its best condition, take care of it very well, and replace it when needed. Your flag will not last forever, no matter how hard you try to keep it looking new. But proper care can prolong its life. It is important to understand when to let go of the old and replace it with a new flag.