It can be frustrating to see a dirty unkempt flag flying from a flagpole. When it’s a corporate flag, you should be aware that a flag can portray the image of your business. Aside from the image issue, you should also remember that a quality outdoor flag is a significant investment.
Therefore, simple care of your flag from Ultimate Flags can ensure that it lasts for a long time and exhibits a good image of you or your business. So you should always ask the supplier of your flag for advice on the best type of flag suitable for periods you intend to fly it. This article discusses the best way to care for a flag.
Flag use and care
You should always check your flag for signs of wear, especially inspections for thread breaks or normal wear that may happen at the fly end. This should be the end that is further away from the staff of the flag. So when you trim off and re-hem the torn ends, you’ll likely extend the life of your flag.
You should also avoid flying your flag when there is a chance that wind can ship it against rough surfaces, such as wires, cables, and flagpole. This is because even a minor tear can lead to a tattered flag. Therefore, you should keep flagpole surfaces free of rust, corrosion, and heavy dirt. For optimum life, avoid flying your flag in heavy rain, snow, or abnormally high winds.
If you see that your flag is wet, then it should be laid flat or hang to allow it to dry, but don’t fold a wet flag. You can keep the rich colors of your flag bright by cleaning it regularly before discoloration and soiling from dust, smoke, and dirt affect the material.
That said, you can take your flag at the end of the day and you can fold it in a square. Regardless of the material that your flag is made from, you should know that over time it will succumb to the environmental elements.
Cleaning a flag
The truth is that cleaning a flag is not a simple thing as you may think. If you have a woven flag, the holes in it can clog from contaminants and pollutants that are in the atmosphere and these can affect the fabric. These atmospheric particles can increase over time, so there can be a build-up of dirt in the fabric.
When it becomes too dirty and you cannot get rid of all the dirt, then you should consider replacing it. This is the reason why you need to have two flags; especially if you intend to fly it 24/7 so that you can clean one flag while the other one is flying.
You can wash flags by hand and machine washed using a mild detergent. Outdoor flags can be machine washed, rinsed and spread, or hung to dry, but you should always make sure that the flag is entirely dry before you store it.
However, flags with nylon that have a gold fringe can only be dry-cleaned. The same applies to outdoor flags made up of nylon should be dry-cleaned but those made of polyester shouldn’t. However, if you’re not sure how to do it, then you should ask the flag supplier for advice.