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

how to wash a flag


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.





flag fading

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.

  (Above: Flag Fading From Wear)



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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 Re-Rope a Flagpole

Posted by Accent Banner on Mar 28, 2017 6:30:00 AM

How to Re-rope a Flag Pole

Over time a flagpole rope (or halyard) can become frayed, or even break. You can avoid this problem though! Be sure to inspect the halyard and connecting hardware when raising or lowering the flag. Make sure to check the connecting points of snap hooks as hardware can create friction on the halyard. If you notice fraying or discoloration of the halyard it’s time to make adjustments or replace the halyard entirely. If damage is minimal you can prolong the life of your halyard by moving the snap hooks to a new location. However, if you need to replace the halyard its best to do so while the halyard is still attached to the pole. Below is a step-by-step DIY guide to help you re-rope your flagpole.

*If the halyard is no longer threaded through the pulley at the top of the pole and you are unable to reach that height on your own you will need to call in professionals such as Accent Banner’s Field Services team to resolve the issue. Contact us for a Quote

Note: Do not attempt to re-rope your flagpole if the halyard is wet. The moisture in the halyard will prevent the electrical tape from sticking.

 cut.pngStep 1: Cut a new halyard to the appropriate length. To make sure you have enough length multiply the height of the pole by two and add 10’. (Height x 2 + 10’ = X). If you need to cut your halyard to size be sure to wrap a small amount of electrical tape around the halyard at your cut point. Doing so will prevent fraying.






Step 2: Remove the flag and flag connecting hardware from the existing halyard.







 11-1.pngStep 3: Untie or cut the existing halyard creating two free ends. Tie one end of the halyard to the flagpole cleat to prevent the halyard from slipping through the pulley (truck) at the top of the flagpole.








Step 4: Using electrical tape connect the freely hanging end of the existing halyard with one end of the new halyard. Run a strip of electrical tape length wise across both pieces making sure each halyard meets in the middle. Squeeze the electrical tape around the halyards. Repeat this step with another piece of electrical tape creating a fully covered connection.






Step 5: Rub the taped connection between the palms of your hands to make sure both pieces of halyard are securely connected.








Step 6: For added security wrap electrical tape around the ends and middle of the connection (as shown with black tape). Note: be sure to not use to much electrical tape that the connection won’t fit through the pulley (truck).







Step 7: Untie the existing halyard from the cleat. Pull the existing halyard toward you raising the newly made connection upwards and through the pulley (truck). Continue pulling until the connection point returns to your position. If done properly you have just threaded the new halyard through the pulley (truck).






break.pngStep 8: Separate the connection by pulling the two halyards apart or cutting them apart if necessary. In the image to the left Vinny is separating the connection by stepping on the existing halyard and pulling the new halyard free.






L.jpgStep 9:Tie both ends of the new halyard together using a square knot. For an instructional video on tying square knots Click Here.








Step 10: Wrap electrical tape around the square knot being sure to cover both loose ends of the halyard. This will secure the knot and give the halyard a clean and professional look. Note: this knot will become your guide when installing the flag connecting hardware.






Step 11:Secure the halyard to the flagpole by wrapping it around the cleat in a figure 8 motion.







You are now ready to install the flag connecting hardware. Click here for instructions on how to install a snap hook and cover to your halyard! If you're unsure or want help from a flag and banner specialist contact us today. We'd be happy to provide you with a custom quote for your residence or business. 



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Topics: flag care, flag repair, re-rope a flag pole

How to Fold a Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Dec 19, 2016 9:21:00 AM


how to fold a flag

Folding a flag the correct way is an important part of or military and country's hertigage. In order to complete this task in the correct and respectful way you'll need to know how to do it right. Special care should be taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The Flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, which is actually emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the War for Independence.

In the folding, each step has meaning and should be carried out in a professional way. We've put together a quick step by step guide on how to fold a flag so you can be fully prepared next time you're given this important task.




How to fold the Flag


Step 1


To properly fold the Flag you'll want to have another person with you to help. You'll begin by holding it waist-high with the other person so that its surface is flat and parallel to the ground.




Step 2


Simultanteously you'll then fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely ensuring a smooth fold. This effectively folds the flag in 1/2.




Step 3


You'll then want to fold the flag one more time lengthwise with the blue field on the outside of the new fold.While folding make sure that the flag is taut and the folds are all as smooth as possible without wrinkles.




Step 4


Now that you have the flag folded into a slim version you'll want to start making triangular folds. Make the first fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag (see diagram for pictures of open verses folded).



Step 5


After this first fold you'll want to turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.




Step 6


Using this method you'll then continue the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner. 



Step 7


When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible as shown in the diagram above. This triangle is often stored or even encased in a glass box to be displayed inside or until it's ready to be unfolded and flown again. 


Learn more about flag maintainance, flag repair, and flagpole repair from other pages on our site. The flag care professionals at Accent Banner and more than willing to help you through any stage of the flag care and treatment process. If you find that you have a flag project that is too big for you to take on, such as a full flagpole installation, please call our on-site professionals to get a free quote before attempting such as task yourself. 


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