Care For Your Feather Flags
This is brief guide to the care and upkeep of your printed flag. Remember the flag is your marketing tool and is an investment in your business and will be the first point of contact with your potential customers.
For the best results, do not expose your printed 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 feather teardrop or any printed flag.
To keep its rich colours looking bright, clean your flag regularly, at least in four weekly intervals, before soiling and discolouration from dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne contaminants “set” in the fabric. Outdoor printed flags can be hand- washed with warm water and a mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to dry. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water or you might experience some colour “make off” onto the white areas.
Do not place the feather or teardrop 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. Always ensure the flag is not too tight on the feather flag pole.
Inspect your printed advertising 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. If you feel the flag needs a stitch or repair act on this immediately to prevent a worn shabby looking flag.
Note to Large Flag Users (12 x 18 ft. and up)
Larger printed flags naturally represent a more significant investment and as such, should be given maximum protection. Consider having two flags and rotating them on a regular basis. Tests have shown that flag fibres actually benefit from periodic “rest”. Also, you will not be without a flag while one is being cleaned or repaired.