|1. Only flags made specifically for
exterior use should be displayed
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. Do not
let the flag stand in the wash water or
you might experience some color "make
off" onto the white stripes.
Professional dry cleaning is recommended
for indoor/parade flags. Incidentally,
many establishments will clean Old Glory
free of charge, especially during the
period just prior to Flag Day, June 14.
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
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.