Thursday, 19 August 2010

Getting the most out of your flag

Life expectancy of a flag
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 (company logos it is best to have 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 30mph flags should be taken down. Remember that if it is windy at ground level it is much worse at the top of the flagstaffs. 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 an have an adverse effect on colour.

Damage to flags is often caused by objects that the flag beats against in the wind or by old style wooden 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 a 40 degree wash with normal detergents. Avoid the use of soad 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.

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