Proper Flag Care
Flag care courtesy of Valley Forge Flag Co., Inc.
Watch for the first signs of fraying. Flag
can be trimmed and re-hemmed, greatly prolonging the life of
High winds are extremely tough on flags. If
at all possible, take down the flag when winds exceed 20 mph.
Rain or Snow
For best results, do not expose your flag
to these elements. If exposed, after a heavy rain or snow storm,
take down flag and spread out to dry. DO NOT FOLD OR ROLL UP
A WET FLAG (will cause mildew).
To minimize the effects of dirt, air, smoke, car
emissions, etc., keep your flag clean. Having two flags and interchanging
them is highly recommended to prolong the life of a flag.
Cleaning the flag
Nylon flags can be hand-washed in a mild detergent. Cotton
and polyester flags should be dry-cleaned (A majority of dry-cleaners
will dry-clean an American flag at no charge.)
Expected Life of a Flag
Sensible care can give you better return
on your investment in terms of longer life. The U.S. Government
generally expects an outdoor flag to last approximately 90 days
when flown from dawn until dusk in good weather.
The U.S. Flag code states that when a flag is
in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display,
it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning.
Veteran and Civic Organizations will properly dispose of a flag
at no cost.
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