American Flag Maintenance Tips

Image of a seamstress repairing an American flag.

So you just hung up your brand new high quality American flag, now you just leave it there, right? Wrong. Just like anything, the American flag needs maintenance in order to preserve its vibrant display. Take a look at the American flag maintenance tips below and remember to always follow proper flag etiquette.

American Flag Maintenance Tips

  • You can dry clean the flag if needed. Machine washing is not recommended.
  • Do not wash the flag with a detergent that can potentially cause the flag to lose its true color.
  • If you need to remove wrinkles from your flag, use a standard household iron on the lowest heat setting.
  • If you notice that the condition of your flag is deteriorating, take it down as quickly as possible in order to make the proper repairs.
  • Frequently inspect your flag for potential frays or missing threads.
  • Your local seamstress should be able to repair your flag if it has minor cuts, rips or tears.
  • Before retiring your flag, make sure that the flag is no longer a fitting emblem for display. When making this determination, assess the overall condition of the flag.
  • If the American flag is damaged beyond repair, it is important to properly retire it. The image below is an example of a flag that should be retired.
  • If you live in a city or state that frequently encounters harsh weather, consider having a rotation of American flags in order to preserve them longer.
  • Keep a close eye on your flags when flying them during the winter, as the unforgiving cold and ruthless wind can quickly take toll on your flags.
  • Make sure that your flag is properly attached to the flag pole. This seems obvious, but if your flag is not properly attached to the flag pole it can get tangled with the cable and pole itself, which can potentially harm the flag. Check on your flag frequently to ensure that the proper attachments are in place.
  • Consider only flying your flag during the day. The night time can often bring lower temperatures and bad weather, which can deteriorate your flag quicker.
  • Purchase a two ply polyester American flag. This flag is made of heavy duty materials that allow for maximum durability.

Image of a torn and tattered American flag.

Do you have any other American flag maintenance tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

Credit: Flag Keepers.org

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