How to Care for your Flag
- The major enemies of a flag are wind, rain, sun and lack of care. Whilst it is not possible to control the weather, you can take care of your flag to lengthen its life such as taking it down overnight.
- Wherever possible, do not expose your flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds. These conditions will shorten its life considerably.
- Flags can be hand-washed with warm water and mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to dry.
- Do not place the flag where the wind will whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables etc. The smallest tear can soon become a tattered flag.
- Flying a flag while wet can put excessive strain on the fabric and stitching and will greatly reduce the life of your flag.
- Keep pole surfaces free of heavy dirt, rust scale and corrosion that could damage your flag.
- To keep its rich colours looking bright, clean your flag regularly, before soiling and discolouration from dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne contaminates set in the fabric.
How long will My Flag Last
- There is no exact answer to this. Fabric by its makeup degrades over time. A good quality printed flag should last 6-12 months with care. A flag flown 24/7 would expect to last significantly less.
- Tests have shown that flying a flag 24 hours a day may last only ¼ as long as one flown during daylight hours only.
- Regardless of how well its made, a flag is not indestructible. Since they are made of fabric and subject to the elements, all flags will wear out sooner or later. Reasonable good care of your flag can contribute greatly to give it a longer life.