Flag Care Tips | How To Prolong the Life of Your Flag

No flag will fly forever but by following these flag care tips, you can prolong the life of your flag for as long as possible.

No American flag will last forever, but by following a few simple flag care tips, you can prolong its life so it flies for as long as possible. These flag care tricks are not guaranteed to prolong the life of a US flag for any set amount of time but should keep Old Glory looking her best for a little longer.

American Flag Care Tips

Tip #1: Watch the first signs of fraying. You can always carefully trim the edges and re-hem them to keep your flag looking nicer for longer.

Tip #2: Very high winds can be quite tough on a flag. If it’s possible, take down your American flag on extremely windy days to help preserve its quality.

Tip #3: If you can, try not to expose your flag to rain and snow unless you are flying an all-weather flag. However, if your flag does get wet, take it down and lay it out to dry flat in a warm place. Never roll or fold a flag while it’s drying because this could cause mildew and permanent creases. Read more on flying a flag during rough weather.

Tip #4: A flag flying outside it bound to collect a little dirt. To wash a nylon flag, use a very mild detergent and hand wash in a sink with cold water. Cotton and polyester flags should be dry-cleaned to ensure no further damage.

Tip #5: Always inspect your flag regularly. Many small holes or loose threads can be fixed before they become major issues.

Even with the most proper and delicate care, no flag will fly forever. When a US flag becomes unfit to fly, you should always dispose of it in a proper way, usually via burning. For more information on disposal ceremonies, you will enjoy this blog post.

What other US flag care tips do you use to keep your flag flying longer?

Credits: Good House Keeping | Dependable Cleaners

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  2. I fly the Annin manufacturers flag. Supposedly the oldest American flag manufacturer. Company literature says their flag drapped President Lincolns coffin, and was raised over Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima It’ the dyna glow nylon all weather flag. Sewn, not printed. Is it permissable to afix the Great Seal of The United States to my flag? Of course in a very respectful manner. I would absolutely love President Trump’s signature on it, but I understand it’s not permissable to write on our Great flag. This flag would not be flown. It would be in the proper triangular case displayed proudly. My other Annin flag flies 24/7 except in extreme weather. Yes, it is well lighted.
    Tim Haas
    USN ret.

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