1. Only flags made specifically for exterior use
should be displayed outdoors.
2. For the best results, do not expose your
flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds; these forces of
nature can shorten its life considerably. Should the flag become
wet, it should be spread out and allowed to dry completely.
Do not fold or roll-up a wet or damp flag.
3. To keep its rich colors looking bright, clean your
flag regularly, before soiling and discoloration from
dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne contaminants "set" in the
fabric. Outdoor flags can be hand-washed with warm water and a
mild soap, or machine washed on gentle cycle. Do not let the
flag stand in the wash water or you might experience some color
"make off" onto the white stripes. Do not machine dry your flag.
Flags can be line hung, flat dried, or placed back on the pole
to dry. Professional dry cleaning is recommended for
4. Do not place the flag where the wind will
whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables,
etc. The smallest tear can soon result in a tattered flag. Keep
pole surfaces free of heavy dirt, rust, scale and corrosion that
could damage your flag.
5. Inspect your flag regularly for signs of
wear. In particular, look for "normal wear" fabric or thread
breaks which may occur in the "fly" end. This is the end
farthest from the staff. Trimming off and re-hemming torn or
frayed ends will help extend the life of your flag.
6. Retiring the American Flag - The flag code states that
when a flag has served it useful purpose, or is so worn out that it
is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be
destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. Flag
retirement ceremonies should be done in private. You can contact
your local VFW Post, American Legion or Boy Scouts in your area for