Use the six flag maintenance tips below to increase its longevity:
- Fly it away from other objects. Everything from tree limbs to debris can come into contact with a flying flag and cause damage. To prevent harm to your flag, fly it somewhere that keeps it out of contact with other objects.
- Dust indoor flags regularly. For flags that are hung inside, regular maintenance is fairly simple. Vacuum your flag from time to time to protect it. Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment and cover it with cheesecloth or nylon. Then, run the attachment over the flag to remove dirt and dust.
- Wipe flags with warm water. In many cases, you can effectively wipe the flag’s fabric with a soft cloth that has been dampened with warm water. Always check for debris and grime first, however, brushing that off before using water.
- Bring outdoor flags inside during inclement weather. When you know high winds, severe storms, heavy snow or other extreme weather is on the horizon, bring your flag indoors, if possible. Harsh weather can whip, rip, stain or soak a flag enough to seriously damage it. Additionally, in the case of American flags, there are federal laws against flying them in severe weather.
- Hand-wash soiled areas or stains. When you notice your flag has become stained or soiled, follow the proper steps for how to clean a flag: Fill a sink with warm water and some mild detergent. Set your flag in the sink, pushing it gently through the suds. Then, remove the flag, gently press out (don’t wring) soap and liquid, and rinse the flag with clean water. To dry the cleaned flag, lay it on a towel, roll it up, and press to remove excess water. Then, lay the flag on a drying rack.
- Take old flags to professionals. Keep in mind that if your flag is more than four decades old, your best bet is to take it to a professional. This can prevent unintended damage to fragile fabric and materials.
When it comes to flag maintenance tips, the overarching principle to remember is to keep a careful eye on its condition. The more you protect and care for your flag, the longer it can be on display at your location. Use the tips above to help your flag stay in great shape for years to come.
As you can see there are many things you can do to keep your flag flying. At A Stars & Stripes Flag Corporation, we have over 35 years of experience making flags that last. If you have any questions, please contact us. We are happy to help!