With the weather starting to close in, here's a guide to keeping your flag looking its best. With a few simple tips you can dramatically increase your flags life span.
Life Expectancy of Flags
The life expectancy of a flag is impossible to predict, as it is entirely dependent on the climatic conditions and hours of flying. We would advise that since most flags are either an act of courtesy (National Flags) or advertising or Corporate Flags
, it is best to keep them in top condition by changing them regularly. Flags are an inexpensive and highly visible means to advertise your company.
Wind and Rain
In winds exceeding 45mph flags should be taken down. Remember that if it is windy at ground level it is much worse at the top of the flagpole. Heavy rain will increase the weight of the flag which will cause unecessary wear, especially in high winds. The dyes used in our manufacturing process are all tested for UV stability however salt and direct sunlight can have adverse effects on colour.
Damage to flags is often caused by objects that the flag beats against in the wind or by old style flagstaffs which do not have a smooth finish. To reduce the risk of damage, ensure that the halyard is taut at all times, and that there is no risk of the flag snagging.
Washing and Repair
Air pollution will cause white flags to become grey over time. Flags can be washed in a normal household washing machine set at 40 degree wash with normal detergents. Avoid the use of soda or bleaching Alkali. If the flag starts fraying it can sometimes be trimmed back and re-hemmed.
Never store your flag when wet, always hang it up and allow it to dry fully before storage. When storing flags, keep them in a dry and ventilated place.
For a copy of this flag care sheet please visit our website www.flagsandflagpoles.co.uk