Take Care Of That Flag!
Branded Decorative Flags are made of high quality fabric that is durable and designed to withstand varying outdoor weather conditions. However, here are some handy tips with which you can get more value out of your house or garden flag by dramatically extending its life.
Make sure that the flag you are hanging outdoors is designed to be used as an outdoor flag.
Be sure to check and make sure that your flag poles are free of dirt, scale and rust, as rusted or corroded poles can lead to quick damaging of flags.
Do not hang your flags close to harsh objects and rough surfaces, like tree branches, wires or cables to prevent the likelihood of tearing by hitting on these surfaces during high winds.
Taking down your flag daily after daylight is gone and during inclement weather, can significantly increase its life!
Cleaning Your Flag:
Regular cleaning of outdoor flags to remove dirt, dust etc will prevent such contaminants from getting set into the fabric. Proper cleaning will help retain fresh, bright colors and increase life of your flags.
DO NOT MACHINE WASH,as machine washing can cause wearing of fabric and fading of colors. Gently hand wash with a mild detergent and cold water. Do not let the flag sit on detergent water for a prolonged period of time, as it can cause bleeding or running of colors.
After washing, rinse out all the detergent in cold water and spread out completely to air dry. DO NOT PUT YOUR FLAGS IN THE DRYER.
Do not bleach or dry clean your flags as they can cause permanent damaging of fibers or colors.
Flags in general do not require ironing. If you wish to iron, do not use hot iron directly on your flag. Use a warm iron at a very low heat setting on the back of the flag.
DO NOT FOLD, ROLL UP OR STORE FLAGS WHEN WET. Dampness can lead to mildew, mold or fungus, discoloration and associated damaging of your flag. Always completely dry your flag before folding or storing.
Store the flag (in fully dry state) in a cool, dry and dark place. Use a flag storage organizer for safe storage of your decorative flags.
Harsh Weather Tip:
We strongly suggest that you take down your outdoor flags during abnormally harsh weather conditions like high winds, storms, heavy rains, snowfall and hailstorms as they can damage or accelerate the wearing of flags. Flags tend to get heavier as they get wet, and strong wind on heavy flags will strain the fabric and stitches, there by accelerating damages to them.
We highly recommend taking down your flags at night during inclement weather seasons as such conditions can be left unnoticed otherwise.
Maintenance & Repair Tips:
Stitch in time saves nine! Minor damages or tears to ends, left unattended can lead to irreparable damages of your flag. Periodically watch the "fly" end of your flag (the farthest end from the pole) for signs of wear or tear. Small rips or thread breaks in the ends can be easily fixed by trimming off and re-hemming. Small tears can be hand-stitched or machine sewn.
Have a minimum of 2 or 3 Flags:
Above easy steps can help you with dramatic increase in the life of your flags! However, for ardent flag lovers, we recommend having more than one flag (two or three!), so that you can always have a fresh flag flying in your yard, while you have another in washing & drying or repair and another fresh flag in storage ready for use.
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