Whether you have just a few flags or over a hundred like I do (yes, you read that right!), taking simple care of them will prolong their usage and your pleasure of displaying them in your yard. I think the appliqued Mickey Mouse flag above is my oldest flag. It might be from as far back as the eighties! I try to take care of my flags. This blog will be about how to care for your flags so you also can have them for years to enjoy.
Flag material is more durable and fade resistant in today's flags but extra protection doesn't hurt. To help combat fading use an outdoor fabric protector spray like Scotchgard brand or any water repellent spray for outdoor fabrics. I sometimes do a light spray on my flags using Kiwi brand water repellent. Spray a small inconspicuous area to test before using on whole flag. Wipe area with a clean soft cloth to see if the colors bleed. If it looks OK, spray the entire flag. I spray both sides. I do quick, even spraying from one side across to the other side starting at the top and finishing at the bottom. You can lay the flag flat or hang it outside to spray. If needed, flags can be hand washed in cold water using a mild detergent. Rinse in cold water. Lay flat to dry. If you have a large table, you can lay towels down first and then lay the wet flag on top on top of them. Never put a flag in a washing machine or clothes dryer.
Your flag location is important too in caring for the flag. Be sure it's not near something it could snag on. Although I have a house flag pole by my fence, there isn't anything sharp for the flag to get snagged on. I also check it often to be sure. If you do have a rip, sew it up. Trim off any loose threads.
If high winds or a storm is in your forecast, you should take your flags down to prevent any damage to them. Flagsrus.org sells rubber stoppers for garden flag poles that keep your flag in place. Available in a pack of three or twelve. Both seen HERE. A garden flag stabilizer is a neat gadget to keep your flag from flipping. See it HERE.
Storing your flags is something you'll have to do. Since I have so many flags, I keep them folded in clear plastic zippered bags that bedspreads came in that I had bought. I usually take a warm iron quickly over the flag to get wrinkles out. My "dream" storage place would be a closet in my garage to hang the flags in. If you have just a few flags, you could use clip hangers and hang them on a clothes rack like in my photo above. Flagsrus has a flag organizer for house and garden flags. It's a popular item. Be notified when it's in stock by clicking HERE.
Rotating your flags regularly will also cut down on fading. I usually change my flags every two weeks.
Good luck on preserving your flags and hopefully adding more to your collection!
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