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Flag care

How long will my flag last?

How long any flag will last is impossible to predict, as it is entirely dependent on the weather and how long the flag is flown for. Even our best quality flags will fade over time and all flags will eventually be ripped to shreds. The strongest flag cannot survive for very long if it is flown in very high winds. With this in mind wear and tear does not constitute a fault in the flag and accordingly we cannot guarantee the lifespan of any flag.

How can I get most out of my flag?

To reduce wear consider the traditional method of flying a flag.

  • Raise it at sun rise and lower it at 8pm or sunset.
  • Lower and remove the flag completely in high winds. Under no circumstances should a flag be flown in winds above 35km/h.
  • If the flag looking a little jaded then give it a wash. You can machine-wash our hand sewn and quality printed polyester flags at 40 degrees with normal detergents. Do not use soda, bleach, or stain removers.*
  • Hang the flag to drip dry thoroughly before packing away.
  • Store in a dry, well ventilated place.
  • Check for signs of wear and make minor repairs as needed. If fraying consider trimming and re-hemming.
  • Check your flagpole is smooth and clean especially at the top. An older style wooden flag pole that is weathering will quickly wear away a new flag, as will chipped paint on metal poles.
  • Keep the halyard tight and secure during flight.
  • If your flag is looking tatty replace it – and dispose of the old one sensitively. Remember that some countries have set protocols for the disposal of flags.

*Please note these instructions only apply to our outdoor quality polyester flags. Flags bearing the economy label are not washable, while our outdoor nylon flags can be sponged lightly to remove dust and dirt before drying and storing.

What size flag do I need?

While there are a number of factors dictating the maximum size of flag you should use we find a simple guide is to buy a flag no bigger than 1ft of flag length per 1 yard of pole. flagpole. So for example a 5ft flag should be fine on a 5 yard (18ft) pole. It should, however, be pointed out that this assumes the pole is of a modern construction, is securely fitted into a firm ground socket and is well maintained. If you have any doubts about the safety of your pole or the size of flag being considered you should consult with a qualified structural engineer BEFORE purchasing either a flag or pole.

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