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3 Tips for Maintaining Outdoor Flags

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Aug 29, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Whether you're flying national flags, advertising flags, or custom banners, these three tips about proper upkeep will ensure that your flags are as respectable as whatever they symbolize. 

 

1.) Prevent Flag from Fading    

The sun can be your outdoor flag's worst enemy. Protect your flags and banners with the same vigilance you would protect your own skin, and be sure to spray your new flag with UV fabric protector. While fading is unavoidable, applying fabric protector can slow down the fading process. The spray not only protects your flag from UV rays, but it also creates a protective layer against dirt and debris so that it can be easily removed, which makes cleaning your flag that much simpler. While you can't block your outdoor flag from light while it's hanging, you can do so when storing your flag. When in storage, keep the flag or banner somewhere blocked from both natural and artificial light.

 

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2.) Flagpole Maintenance

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Because of the nature of outdoor flags and their exposure to the elements, it is essential to keep up with any small rips and tears that accumulate over time. It's also important to keep an eye on the condition of your flagpole. Flagpole installation and flagpole care goes hand in hand with maintaining the flag itself.  If you notice any deterioration, be sure to contact a flagpole specialist to make sure your flagpole is safe. Depending on the material the flagpole is made out of you may experience rotting or rusting that can make your flagpole a hazard. If you're considering installing a flagpole yourself we recommend downloading our free guide to installing a flagpole first. This guide will help insure that you complete the project safely. 

 

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3.) Pay Attention to the Weather

High winds and rain can cause damage to your flag. Because of this, it is advisable to lower your flag during times of inclement weather. While you can't always anticipate damage, any winds over forty miles an hour can cause significant damage, so it is recommended that you lower your flag when high winds are possible. It is also recommended that you lower your flag overnight or whenever you are away for long periods of time, as you will be less able to monitor the weather and act accordingly during these times.

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Topics: flag care, flag repair, Installing a Flagpole, flagpole repair, outdoor flags, flagpole maintenance

Flag Cleaning 101: How to Wash a Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Jul 11, 2017 8:09:00 AM

 Flag Cleaning 101: How to Wash a Flag

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We often hang flags to proclaim our patriotic spirit. This is especially true for retired veterans or those who have loved ones serving in the military or armed forces. An American flag can be particularly tricky to wash and can pose a problem when trying to successfully complete flag cleaning on all the different colors at once. Red, white and blue lying together in one inseparable panel can cause the blue or red dye to bleed onto the white. This is not just a problem with an American flag; it is a problem with any flag that has light and dark colors. 

Innevitably a flag with become dirty or weathered from continured usage. Try to follow the steps below to learn how to successfully wash a flag of different materials.

 

 

 

 

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Polyester, Nylon, or Synthetic Flag Cleaning

Polyester, nylon or other synthetic fabrics are generally safe to wash in a machine. Set the washing machine on the gentle cycle with warm water. Add a mild liquid laundry detergent to the wash water. You can also hand wash the flag with a mild liquid detergent made for delicate items. Hang the flag to dry on a breezy day, out of the sun. The water will intensify the sun and cause fading.

 

Cotton or Wool Flag Cleaning

Cotton and wool flags aer more fragile and willl usually require professional cleaning by a dry cleaner. Haing them handled professionally helps to keep the colors from bleeding. Choose a dry cleaner if you do not have the washing instructions or if the flag has value to you just to be on the safe side. If you choose, you can attempt to wash it yourself. Hand wash the flag in cold water with a mild liquid laundry detergent. Rinse it in cold water and then hang to dry or lay flat to dry.

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Flag Cleaning Tips

  • Ideally you should take your flag inside during rain, snow or sleet to make it last longer. However as this is not always possible there are materials such as Sunbrella that can offer outdoor protection.
  • Consider having a sentimental flag professionally preserved and sealed in a display case to prevent damage. You can buy these casings online or directly through Accent Banner.
  • Always check tags or packaging instructions for acceptable washing methods and water temperatures.

Flag Cleaning Warnings

  • Wind is harsh and can roughen and split edges and seams; which leads to fraying. So try not fly a flag on a very windy day. 
  • Always let the flag dry completely before storing it away for an extended period of time. A stored wet flag will rot, fall apart or grow mold and mildew. Fully dry out your flag before storage.

 

To learn more about flag maintainance, flag cleaning, flag installation, or to receive a custom quote please contact the professionals at Accent Banner. We're happy to instruct you over the phone with suggestions or to get you a free custom quote for any flag or banner related project you may be looking to undertake. We can also offer flag washing and flag repair services for you. Click the buttonn below to request a free quote on these services.

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Topics: flag care, flag repair, flag maintenance, flag cleaning, how to wash a flag

How to Choose the Right Flagpole

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you're considering a flagpole installation, it can be hard to determine the best flagpole for your particular situation. In this post, we'll discuss some considerations to take into account when selecting the perfect flagpole to meet your needs.

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*Our Flag flagpole installation guide has detailed information on which flagpole type to use and how to install one correctly at your home or place of business. 

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Choosing a Flagpole

The first order of business is to determine what type of flagpole will work best with your needs. During this decision you’ll want to consider the flagpole material, height, your personal preference as to style, flag size, and the all-important flagpole location.

 

Flagpole Material:

While wood was once a popular choice, today aluminum or fiberglass is the standard. Modern aluminum flagpoles come in large sizes, are offered in an array of colors and finishes, and are extremely durable. Fiberglass poles are also available in various colors and finishes, and are made of strong materials designed to flex slightly in the wind.

 

Flagpole Height:

If the desired pole site is near a building, the building’s height may help determine flagpole size. For a single story structure, you’ll want a flagpole 15-25’ high. A two-story structure may require a 25-30’ pole, and at three stories, a larger 30-40’ pole may be appropriate. If you are planning on flying your flag after sundown, you should consider adding lighting, which “technically” is required by U.S. law for displaying the American flag at night.

 

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Preference as to style:

While there are several factors to consider, the most important is personal preference. At the end of the day, it’s your flagpole and no one else’s. Internal halyard flagpoles, for example, are generally more expensive than external halyard poles, however they add an extra layer of security as the cable is concealed inside of the pole. With external halyard poles, on the other hand, the ropes are exposed on the outside of the pole. Discuss your needs with a flagpole specialist, like Accent Banner, to better understand the full range of options available.

Ready to take the next step towards a functional flagpoleContact us today for a free quote or to learn more about how to choose the right flagpole.

 

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