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US Flag Care Flag Care


Taking care of your US Flag American Flag

Flags Poles And More flags are manufactured using the highest quality US made materials available. They give exceptional service in exchange for reasonable care.

Wind, water, sun, dirt, neglect are the major enemies of a flag. No one can control the weather but you can take some important steps to lengthen the life of your flag.

In order to keep your new flag looking its best for the longest possible time please follow the following suggestions.

Placement of your flag:

The placement of where you hang your flag is important. Don't fly the flag where it will come in contact with but not limited to trees, buildings, cables, etc. When the flag is flying hitting such an object it WILL cause harm to the flag. It will tear the flag.

Repairing your flag:

Even a smaller tear can result in the flag becoming tattered. Inspecting your flag of any small tears or signs of wear can prevent a small problem from becoming a big problem. If you notice a tear or wear at the end of the flag you can have the end trimmed off and re-hemmed which will extend the life of your flag.

At the first sign of fraying have your flag repaired before further damage is done. Extremely torn or fraying flags should be disposed of properly following the US Flag Code.

If your flag should become wet, you need to let it dry completely by spreading it out flat. Never roll or fold your flag when it's wet or even damp, as this will damage the fabric.

Cleaning your flag:

Periodically cleaning your flag. Nylon flags can be gently hand washed in cold water with mild detergent. Line or flat dry thoroughly to prevent mildew. If wrinkled, use the appropriate heat setting on your iron for the flag fabric.

Cotton and polyester flag should be dry cleaned (some people do hand wash them too). It has been said that some dry cleaners will clean American Flags for free but we think people should be paid for their services.

Life expectancy of your flag:

To protect your flag don't let it be exposed to rain, snow, or high winds, as these adverse conditions will considerably shorten the flag life.

To extend the life of your flag we recommend having two flags and rotating them throughout the year.

The US Government generally expects an outdoor flag to last approximately 90 days when flown from dawn until dusk in good weather.

The owner of Flags Poles And More washes his flag(s) once a week and interchanges/rotates his flag to let the flag rest and for him to inspect the flag. He replaces them every 90 days, or if the flag is not in a condition to be displayed.

Flag Disposal:

The US Flag Code states that when a flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Many Veteran and Civic Organizations will properly dispose of a flag at no cost.

Just because a US Flag isn't ripped doesn't make it ok to be displayed, if the colors are not bright the flag should be disposed of. Here at Flags Poles And More we think flying a flag 24/7 for 6 months is a pretty long time to fly a flag. You have went well past what the US Government expects a US Flag to last, 90 days when flown from dawn until dusk in good weather.

We hear of people flying a US Flag for over 1 year 24/7. Here is a test every American should do with their American Flag. Take the flag you have been flying and set it beside a brand new flag. If you see the colors are not as bright it's time to replace the flag.


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