How to Care for Your Flag

Proper care for your flag starts when you purchase it. There are a few things that you should know. Indoor flags typically are fringed and for that reason, should not be washed or get wet. Fringe dye has been known to run onto other fabrics. Take this type of flag to the dry cleaners or spot clean it, being careful not to wet the fringe. Outdoor flags can be washed in a mild detergent and should hang dry. Any damaged flag should be repaired before flying your flag again to keep more damage from happening.

Mounting Your Flag

On an in-ground pole
When mounting your flag to an In-Ground Flagpole , be sure that your halyard (rope) is in good condition and that there aren't any sharp edges on your clips to prematurely wear your flag.

On a house flag pole for a flag with grommets
Always mount your flag in a place where it does not touch anything as if flies (tree, post, fence, house, gutter, roof, bracket, rope etc.). If your flag hits anything while flying it will wear very fast.

Washing & Repairing Your Flag

Fringe is not meant to get wet. If washed or rained on immediately lay your flag flat to dry. If left in contact with the flag, your fringe may run and cause staining.

Most outdoor flags will last longer if frequently washed with a mild detergent or dry cleaned. Dirt from roads, salt from the ocean and air pollutants can all shorten your flags life. These particles lodge themselves between the fibers and cause damage when the flag waves. You can't do anything to stop it, but by cleaning your flag, you can slow down the wear and keep it looking nicer, longer. Always lay flat or hang dry your wet American Flag . It will keep colors from migrating.

Dry cleaning
Many dry cleaners will clean an American flag free of charge when you bring it in with your other items to clean!

All flags will last longer if frequently repaired. We recommend visually inspecting your flag often to catch rips in the fabric when they start. Most flags can be repaired several times before they become too short to be an official USA flag. We offer repair services for most size flags and will be happy to determine if a repair would benefit you. Call us today for pricing and shipping information. 1-888-697-3524

A flag's life span is impossible to predict; it is like predicting the weather. The major enemies of a flag are wind, sun and carelessness. Neither you nor we can control the weather, but you can take care of your flag and lengthen its life by doing the following:

  • Occasional washing in warm mild detergent.
  • Let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it.
  • Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying.
  • Take your flag down at night and during bad weather.

Increase the life span of your flag

Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no two flags receive identical wear. The best way to stretch your "flag dollar" is to have three flags:

  • One flying
  • One in the wash
  • One clean and in storage for special occasions.