Emerson Flag Care

Ensuring the Enduring Majesty of Your Flag: A Guide to Proper Care

Throughout history, flags have served as more than mere symbols; they have been woven into the very fabric of our identities and communities. Yet, like any treasured possession, they require proper care to maintain their vibrancy and resilience. At Emerson USA, we understand the profound significance of flags and are dedicated to helping you ensure your banner endures for generations to come.

Guiding Principles for Flag Longevity:
  1. Choose the Right Warrior: Not all flags are created equal for the battlefield of the elements. Only those specifically designed for outdoor use should brave the winds and rain. These flags are typically crafted from durable materials like nylon, built to withstand the rigors of nature.
  2. Seek Shelter from the Storm: Even the bravest warriors deserve respite. When rain, snow, or excessive winds threaten, bring your flag indoors. Remember, a damp flag is a vulnerable flag. Allow it to dry completely spread out before returning it to duty.
  3. Cleanliness is Key to Brilliance: Just as dust dims a precious gem, grime can dull the vibrancy of your flag. Regularly wash outdoor flags with warm water and mild soap before dirt and stains become entrenched. Remember, gentle is the name of the game: avoid harsh chemicals and rough scrubbing. For indoor flags and parade flags, professional dry cleaning is recommended to maintain their pristine condition.
  4. Keep Rough Edges at Bay: Imagine your flag as a graceful dancer, not a gladiator in a coliseum. Protect it from snags and tears by ensuring it doesn’t whip against rough surfaces like tree branches, wires, or poles. Even the smallest tear can quickly unravel into a tattered mess. Regularly inspect your flagpole for rust or sharp edges that could damage the fabric.
  5. Embrace Vigilance: A stitch in time saves nine, and the same holds true for your flag. Regularly inspect it for signs of wear, especially at the “fly” end furthest from the staff. Catching small tears or fraying early allows for timely repairs, extending the life of your cherished symbol.
  6. Understanding the Lifespan of a Flag: Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for eternal flag life. The U.S. government estimates a nylon or cotton bunting flag flown daily from sunrise to sunset can hold its own for about 90 days, but harsh weather can drastically shorten its lifespan. Interestingly, research shows flags flown 24/7 only last a quarter as long as those enjoying daylight hours.
  7. For the Flag Giants: Larger flags, like majestic 12×18 ft. behemoths, deserve extra TLC due to their significant investment value. Heed the advice in point 5 and consider having two flags, rotating them regularly to give each a chance to “rest” and recover from the demands of constant display.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure your flag continues to be a beacon of pride, a symbol of community, and a testament to its historical significance. Remember, at Emerson USA, we are not just flag makers; we are your partners in preserving the enduring legacy of these cherished symbols. Let us help you keep your flag flying high for generations to come.