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Flag care and handling of your flag


​The conditions that affect the flag on your flagpole are like fingerprints - No two are alike.   Even Flags on adjacent poles do not necessarily receive the same effects of the "same" weather; a building may partially block some of the elements of the weather from the flag on one pole while the flag on the pole right next to the first pole, may get the full force of the weather.   Maybe the flag is too close to a structure and when the wind is right, the flag touches ofr hits the structure causing damage.   Just being out in the sun affects the material.


The flag is made of high quality outdoor fabric, BUT IT IS STILL FABRIC, not "miracle" material so the elements of weather, location and usage all affect the life of your flag.   So we can not answer you question of "how long will my flag last??" BUT what we can do is help you find ways to extend the life of your flag.


Here are some things that you can do to help yourself and to help extend the life of your flag.

  • 1st - Put it up in the morning and take it down at dusk.   This will extend the flag's life by reducing exposure from 24 hrs daily to 8 to 10 hours and from 7 days a week to just 5.   This means that the flag will not have to withstand the 50mph raging storm that came through a 2:00pm on a Saturday afternoon.   If you do fly your flag 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, the flag shoud be illuminated.
  • ​2nd - When you notice that the flying edge is starting to fray, take the flag down and have it repaired.   If you wait to long, the damage may not be repairable.
  • 3rd - Wash your flag occasionally, to remove the dirt and grim which deteriorates the flag fabric.   Wash the flag in cold or luke warm water with a regular detergent, like the one that you would use to wash your own clothes.   
  • 4th - Completely dry your flag before folding and storing it for future use to prevent mold and mildw.   (It should also be dry even if you are putting it back up on the pole because, if wet, it can be stained and dirtied by dirt and contaminated on the flagpole.

Finally, here is a tip to always have a great appearing flag on your pole and to never be put in the embarrassing position of not having a great looking flag ready to fly for that important visitor that's arriving in 3 hours or tomorrow morning at 8:00am.

  • Flag #1 - Your "everyday" flag on the pole
  • Flag #2 - Your 2nd flag that is either being repaired or has already been cleaned and repaired.
  • Flag #3 - A new flag ready to replace either flag 1 or 2 when the "visitor" unexpectedly shows up or when flags 1 or 2 are un-repairable.

When you have used flag #3 to replace 1 or 2, then you can order a replacement flag, without panic or incurring overnight shipping.