Flag Care Instructions
Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. In particular, look for 'normal wear' fabric or thread breaks that may occur at the fly edge. This is the end that is furthest from the staff. Trimming off and re-hemming torn or frayed ends will help extend the life of your flag.
Do not fly your flag where the wind will whip your flag against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables or buildings. The smallest tear can soon result in an irreparable flag.
Keep your flagpole well maintained. Contaminants on your flagpole will transfer to your flag permanently damaging it. Like wise any physical damage to you pole may catch and damage your flag.
For optimum life span, do not fly your flag in snow, heavy rain or abnormally high winds. Flying your flag in excessively high winds may also damage your flagpole. Flags should be removed from flagpoles if the wind exceeds 35Km/h. In the case of car flags these should not be used in combined wind speeds greater than 30mph. (Combined wind speed it taken to be car speed+prevailing wind speed)
Should the flag become wet it should be hung or laid flat and allowed to dry. Do not fold or roll up a wet or damp flag.
To keep its rich colours looking bright, clean your flag regularly before soiling and discoloration from dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne pollutants set in the fabric. Outdoor flags can be machine washed on gentle cycle in warm water then thoroughly rinsed and spread or hung to dry. Make sure the flag is completely dry before putting it away.
Only fly flags during daylight hours. When taking the flag down at the end of the day, it is fine to fold it if dry for re flying the next morning.
Regardless of how well a flag is constructed a flag is made of cloth and sooner or later will succumb to the elements and wind. However, it is well documented that reasonably good care can contribute greatly to a longer life.
Flag Care Instructions-1. Only flags made specifically for exterior use should be flown outdoors.
2. Take down your flag prior to storms whenever possible.
3. Minimizing your flag’s exposure to rain, snow, or abnormally high winds will increase its life considerably.
4. Do not place a flag where the wind will whip it against rough or sharp surfaces to avoid tearing.
5. If damage occurs, the worn part should be cut off and rehemmed.
6. Do not fold or roll up a wet or damp flag.
7. Should your flag become wet, it must be spread out and allowed to dry completely.
8. Wet flags will likely mildew and cause damage to the fabric.
9. A clean flag will last the longest.
10. Pollutants in the air can get into the fabric and cause it to degrade.
11. Keep your flag away from chemicals and petroleum products.
12. Outdoor flags can be hand washed with warm water and a mild soap and then spread out to dry.
13. Do not allow your flag to stand in wash water.
14. Do not fly flags at night, flags flown dawn until dusk will last considerably longer.