How To Care For An Outdoor Flag

  • BY Ivy Fanning
  • December 14, 2022
How To Care For An Outdoor Flag

Outdoor flags serve various functions; they help you show your style and deliver a clear message of your personality. Knowing how to care for an outdoor flag is a must if you want to keep it looking its best. The best way to properly maintain your flag involves understanding when, where, and how to display it. That way, you’ll make sure it’ll last for years to come. Just got a new flag and don’t know where to start? Read on for handy tips to get value out of your new purchase and stretch its lifespan.

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How to Properly Care For Your Flag

Outdoor flags are exposed to harsh elements that can damage them. These include the sun, rain, wind, and dust. Extreme conditions may also cause permanent creases and stains, which can ruin the fabric. Here is a guide on how to care for an outdoor flag:

  • Only flags designed for exterior use are suitable for the outdoors.
  • Since outdoor flags are typically exposed to dirt and other pollutants, regular cleaning is essential. It keeps the colors bright and prevents stains from setting in. It would help if you hand-washed your flag with mild detergent and cold water. You should then rinse it thoroughly and lay it flat to dry. Never leave the flag in water for long periods to prevent the colors from running.
  • Spraying your flag with a fabric protector isn’t a bad idea. Before spritzing the whole piece, however, do a test on a small area first. If colors don’t bleed, then proceed with the entire flag. 
  • Avoid flying wet flags. They tend to be heavy and, when exposed to high winds, may cause strain to the stitching and fabric. You should also never fold a damp flag since this can lead to molding and discoloration. Instead, it would be best to spread the flag out flat to dry.
  • Know when to display your outdoor flag. Do not expose your flag to snow, rain, and high winds to avoid shortening its life.
  • Be careful where you set your flag. Placing the flag where the wind can whip it against tree branches and rough surfaces may result in a tear. You should also keep the pole free from rust, dirt, and corrosion that may damage your flag.
  • Another way to care for your yard flag is by repairing it. Regularly check your flag for wear and trim off or re-hem frayed or torn ends. Finally, store your flag in a safe, cool, dry place.
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How Long Will Your Garden Flag Last?

Garden flags are made with long-lasting materials. However, they will not do well if you expose them to bad weather conditions. A high-quality cotton or nylon flag can last up to 90 days when flown 24 hours a day. However, harsh elements will spoil it faster than you think. You can’t control nature. Luckily, what you can do is take proper precautions.

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A Note on Large Garden Flags

Large flag users should consider having two flags on regular rotation. This allows the flags to have periodic rest when one is washed or being repaired, extending their lifespan. You should also machine-sew or hand-stitch small tears to prevent them from worsening. As these flags are generally more expensive, you should pay more attention to protect your investment.

Now, let’s talk about how to care for an outdoor flag on a window. Severe weather conditions can cause premature wear and tear of outdoor flags. We recommend taking down your window flag during harsh weather conditions involving high winds and hail to avoid possible damage.

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