News Column

How to Clean a Flag

Nov. 11, 2012

Heloise Heloise

U.S. Flag

If you fly an American flag at your home or business, keep an eye on it and inspect it often for tears, stains or other damage. An outside flag can be affected by elements like wind, rain and snow, which can make it dirty.

Here's some information on cleaning flags:

Many newer flags are made of cotton, acetate or nylon. These fabrics can be hand washed in cool water with a gentle detergent. Rinse well and then lay the flag flat to air dry.

If the flag is made of a different material than mentioned above, or if the flag is old, valuable or has sentimental value, it should be dry cleaned. Sometimes cleaners will not charge to clean a flag. Give your favorite cleaner a call to find out if this practice is honored.

Source: (C) 2012 Dayton Daily News

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