Caring for Your Flag

Caring For Your Flag

Woman with USA Flag

Thank you for purchasing a flag from The United States Flag Store. Each of our flags is crafted to the utmost standards and boasts vibrant colors. We kindly ask you to review the following guidelines to ensure the proper care and display of your new flag. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our customer service team at 1-877-734-2458. They are here to assist you with pleasure!

Extreme Weather Conditions: Is it necessary to remove the flag during rainy weather?

American flag in rain

During adverse weather conditions like heavy winds and rain, flags made of various fabrics are susceptible to damage. Even those labeled as all-weather may deteriorate more quickly under such circumstances. It's advisable to remove flags during inclement weather. Additionally, regular inspections for damage are crucial. For larger flags (10ft x 15ft and above), it's recommended to check for wear at least twice a month. Some individuals opt to purchase two flags and rotate them regularly, allowing for repairs and cleaning while one is on display. Check out some of our selections from The United States Flag Store here.

Is it possible to launder the flag? What is the proper method for washing or cleaning an American Flag?

  • Avoid storing a damp or wet flag, as it may develop mold. Ensure it is thoroughly dried before storing it in a moisture-resistant container.
  • Maintain cleanliness and proper condition of your flagpole. Rust can lead to staining and corrosion of your flag, while rough edges may cause tearing.
  • Place your flagpole in an open area where your flag won't flutter against rough surfaces, branches, or any potential snagging hazards.
  • Many outdoor flags can be washed by hand using a gentle laundry detergent or mild soap. If you're uncertain about whether your flag is washable or unsure of the appropriate washing method, consider professional dry cleaning.

How do you take care of an old flag?

Should you detect even the slightest tear in your flag, resulting from contact with a tree branch or other natural elements, minor repairs can often be undertaken as long as they are inconspicuous and the flag remains a suitable emblem. However, according to the Flag Code, flags that are tattered or in poor condition should be retired and replaced. Read More on Flag Repair & Disposal.

A Flag's Lifespan

The exact lifespan of a flag is often determined by its owner. According to the U.S. Government, a nylon flag flown only from sunrise to sunset in favorable weather conditions may last approximately 90 days. Flags flown continuously 24 hours a day typically have a lifespan of one half to one third as long. Larger flags generally have a shorter lifespan compared to smaller ones due to exposure to higher wind speeds and increased whiplash effect on the fly ends. When considering the purchase of an outdoor flag, it's important to factor in the weather conditions it will be exposed to. Flags crafted from sewn polyester are more resilient against high winds, whereas those made of nylon are lightweight and quick-drying. Take a look at some of the choices available from The United States Flag Store here.

For more information on flags, please visit our Flag Etiquette page.

Choosing a Flagpole

American flags on flagpoles

Flags and flagpoles are available in various sizes. Flagpoles designated for indoor flags should be exclusively used indoors, while outdoor poles are intended solely for outdoor use. The height of a flagpole should correspond to the size of the flag it is intended to display; typically, the length of the flag should range from one third to one quarter of the height of the flagpole. Shop premium flagpoles from The United States Flag Store here.

Please Refer to the Chart Below for Measurements

Height of Flagpole Minimum Flag Size Maximum Flag Size
15ft 2.5ft x 4ft 4ft x 6ft
20ft 3ft x 5ft 5ft x 8ft
25ft 3ft x 5ft 5ft x 8ft
30ft 4ft x 6ft 6ft x 10ft
40ft 5ft x 8ft 8ft x 12ft
50ft 6ft x 10ft 10ft x 15ft
60ft 8ft x 12ft 12ft x 18ft
70ft 10ft x 15ft 15ft x 25ft
80ft 10ft x 19ft 20ft x 30ft

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