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How to Prolong the Life of Your Flag

Nov 11th 2021

How to Prolong the Life of Your Flag

Displaying the Stars and Stripes demonstrates your American pride and patriotism. American flags symbolize freedom, bravery and sacrifice, and have specific rules surrounding how, when and where to hang and store them. A tattered, worn and poorly maintained flag may indicate a lack of respect toward everything it stands for. However, keeping your American flag in excellent condition can be a bit tricky, especially when you regularly hang it outdoors. This guide will provide helpful tips on how to extend the life of your American flag so you can continue to fly it in all its beautiful glory.

Protect Your Flag Against the Weather

When you display your American flag outside, it gets exposed to weather conditions from sun, wind and rain. Luckily, there are ways to prevent wear and tear due to exposure to the elements.

An American flag's vivid red, white and blue make it instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, UV rays can fade these colors over time. Before hanging your flag outdoors, spray it with a UV fabric protector. This product will add a layer to the fabric that will keep dirt from latching onto the fibers and help guard it against fading from UV exposure.

Harsh weather conditions such as high winds and precipitation can cause extensive damage to American flags. Extend your flag's life by paying attention to the forecast. Don't fly the Stars and Stripes in inclement weather unless you have an all-weather flag.

Consider taking down your flag before a storm hits and rehang it once the skies clear. It is also wise to take down your flag and fold it every night in case inclement weather hits overnight. You can always rehang it in the morning.

Another recommendation is to replace your larger flag with a smaller one in the spring, which is generally the windiest season of the year. A smaller flag will flap less than a larger one, reducing the risk of it getting caught on windy days.

To maintain your flag and keep it looking its absolute best, you should take time to regularly clean it. Good-quality outdoor flags are usually machine-washable with mild detergent and cold water on the gentle cycle.

Routine Cleanings

Regular cleaning is one of the most recommended flag care tips. Dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne pollutants can get trapped within your American flag's fabric. Flagpoles made with a satin aluminum finish can also be a culprit for rubbing dirt into the fabric. Not only does dirt make your flag look unsightly, but it can also weaken the fibers, allowing it to tear and fray more easily.

To maintain your flag and keep it looking its absolute best, you should take time to regularly clean it. Good-quality outdoor flags are usually machine-washable with mild detergent and cold water on the gentle cycle. You can then hang it to dry. If your flag contains nylon or has a gold fringe, have it dry-cleaned instead — the gold coloring is not usually color-fast.

If you need to store your flag, make sure it's completely dry before properly folding it to help prevent staining and bleeding of colors. You should also keep your flag stored in a dry, dark place, as fading can occur with exposure to natural and artificial light over time.

Flag Repairs

No matter how hard you try to maintain your flag, repairs will eventually be necessary. To prolong your flag's lifespan, knowing how to fix it yourself is crucial.

Proactively addressing minor damage to a flag can prevent it from becoming excessive in the long run. Take care to notice any wear and tear, which typically begins at the bottom right-hand corner. If there are any fraying spots, be sure to trim and re-hem them.

You can significantly reduce the risk of excessive damage to your flag by being cautious about where you choose to hang it. When deciding where to place your American flag, do your best to make sure it flies in a space free of things it might catch on, such as trees, wires, buildings and other things that may snag the fabric.

Rusty or corroded flagpoles may also damage flags. Be sure to keep your flagpole clean to reduce the risk of it damaging your American flag. If it is rough to the touch or appears dirty, you will know it is time for some maintenance. To prevent rips, consider using a smooth ball ornament instead of a sharply pointed one.

Choose a High-Quality Fabric

Purchasing a flag made with superior-quality fabric can make a significant difference in its longevity. Cheaper flags made with thinner fabrics tend to fade and rip easily, resulting in the need for frequent replacements.

When shopping for your American flag, look for products with a prolonged lifespan. Our two-ply poly-max flags consist of jet-dyed polyester that offers better resistance to harmful UV rays and eliminates the bleeding that comes with cheaply made flags. Often used in commercial environments, flags made with this method are superior for their strength and durability. With proper care and maintenance, a two-ply poly-max flag can last for years to come.

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