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How to care for your flags or banners

March 20, 2017

Learning how to care for your flag or banner will only take a few moments, and we share these few guidelines with you to help keep it looking marvelous for longer periods of time.

1. Allow it to fly free without touching obstructions, foliage, structures, as to do so will shorten its life. Natural wear in a flag occurs when the flag “whips” in the wind, allowing the fibres in the weave to rub against themselves in the same way that a garment wears in a laundry tumble dryer, demonstrated by the accumulation of lint in the filter.Striking obstructions as the flag flies will hasten this wear.

2. Do not pack it away wet. Atmospheric pollution collects in a flag and this will smell if the flag is left wet when packed. After wet weather simply continue to fly the flagand let it air dry!

3. Bring the flag in during stormy weather and/or excessive winds. Strong winds increase a flag’s natural whipping action which will increase the rate of wear. In stormy weather, the flag will be full of water which increases the stress on the fabric in violent wind gusts. This is particularly the case with large flags flown on high flagpoles.

4. If your flag is caught in a storm, it is advisable to check it for wear and return it to Flags of All Nations for maintenance repair. If there is damage to the flag, what could be a simple and low cost job to fix is almost certain to lead to accelerated wear if not attended to.

5. Launder or dry clean it when soiled by atmospheric fallout. Flags made by Flags of All Nations are safe to dry clean. Suggested method to launder is to immerse the flag in a bucket of hot rich laundry powder solution and let it stand for about three days. Then put it through a normal machine cycle. The original colours will not be fully restored because of the UV effect, but they will still look brighter and cleaner than before cleaning.

flying out door flagsNote to Large Flag Users (12 x 18 ft. and up)

Larger flags or banners naturally represent a more significant investment and as such, should be given maximum protection. Pay special attention to paragraph #5 and keep your flag in good repair. Consider having two flags and rotating them on a regular basis. Tests have shown that flag fibers actually benefit from periodic “rest”. Also, you will not be without a flag while one is being cleaned or repaired.

The correct way to rig a Halyard (Rope) to an Outdoor Flagpole

There is a right way and a wrong way to arrange or rig the halyard to an outdoor flag pole. The wrong way puts all the flying strain and stretch on the heading of the flag and can result in the rope and toggle pulling out. The right way puts the strain on the halyard where it belongs and therefore protects the flag, making it wear better and longer.

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