HOW LONG WILL A FLAG LAST?
Experience has proven that there is no exact answer to this question. The federal standard for the life of a flag is 90 days when flying your flag from sunrise to sunset, excluding flying your flag during inclement weather.
The major variables that impact the life of a flag are wind, water, sun, and carelessness. Although no one can control the weather, you can take care of your flag which may contribute to lengthening its life. Occasional washing in warm mild-detergent water will prevent dirt and pollutants from attacking the fabric. To prevent mildew, let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it. Also, have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying. Flying your flag continuously day and night will shorten a flag’s life. If your flag is not illuminated at night, take it down to help lengthen its life.
Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care. Remember, no two flags receive identical wear. Because weather conditions vary, wearing conditions vary and consequently, the life of each flag is different. The best way we know to stretch your “flag dollar” is to have three flags: one flying, one in the wash, and a clean one in reserve for special occasions.
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