Flag Care And Expected Life Of A Flag

How long will a flag last? This is no exact answer. Generally flags can be expected to last between 6 and 12 months, based on daily usage from sunrise to sunset - but not during periods of inclement weather. Tests have shown that in some cases a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only one-fourth as long as one flown during the daylight hours only. Regardless of how well it is constructed, a flag is, after all, only a piece of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements. However, it has been well documented that reasonably good care can contribute greatly to longer life.

Here are a few simple suggestions to help you enjoy your new flag longer:

1. For the best results, do not exposed your flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds, these forces of nature can shorten its life considerably.
2. To Keep its rich colours looking bright, clean your flag regularly, before soiling and discolouration from dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne contaminants "set" in the fabric. Outdoor flags can be machine washable with warm water. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water or you might experience some colour "make off" onto the white stripes.
3. Do not place the flag where the wind will whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables, etc. The smallest tear can soon result in a tattered flag.
4. Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. In particular, look for "normal wear" fabric or thread breaks which may occur in the "fly" end.
5. Bring it in each evening and in bad weather for longer life.

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