How Long Does a Flag Last? - Care Instructions

Close up of a fully sewn Union Jack

Tips for Flag Care

Below is a comprehensive guide with all the details and instruction on how to properly take care of a flag to increase longevity. If you are considering buying a flag but you are unsure how to care for a flag properly, these few guidelines should answer all of your questions.

Avoid Strong Winds

  • Don't fly flags in strong winds, anything over 40km per hour, the flag should be taken down as the wind will reduce the lifespan of your flag.

Daily Maintenance and Drying

  • Take down your flag each evening, and hoist again in the morning. When taken down in a wet condition, spread the flag out to dry thoroughly before rolling up. If not required for immediate use, don't fold the flag - this only causes creases. Always roll up your flag and stow in a dry place.

Attend to an Issue  Quickly

  • Remember the old saying ''A stitch in time saves nine''. In other words, if you sort out a problem immediately it may save a lot of extra work later. When ordering a new flag, send us the old flag for repair: it can be used again in rough weather.

Avoid Hindrances

  • Ensure your flag can fly freely without catching on anything as this will cause the flag to fray faster.

Avoid Chemicals

  • Don't wash flags with harsh detergents; they take out the colours, instead you can soak the flag in warm water with liquid laundry detergent and then put out to dry after a good soaking. They can be dry cleaned, but ensure they are in good order before doing so.

Colour Fading

  • The bunting dyes used in these flags are the best obtainable; they are UV stable, however they will inevitably fade over time.

Flag Accessory Checks

  • Inspect your flagpole and halyards regularly to ensure that there is no wear to either.

Avoid Unsuitable Weather

  • Flying flags in unsuitable weather conditions may result in the wearing life being limited to a few weeks. With reasonable care the flag will last a long time.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 02 9925 0722, to discuss and remaining concerns.