Polishing the Stars and Stripes
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars
Each fall, as temperatures begin their rapid descent, many flag owners are performing routine flagpole maintenance. It is at this time that most flag cleanings occur (though certainly not the only time). Cleaning an outdoor American flag is a fairly simple process, but there are some special things to know and consider.
Should an American flag be cleaned seasonally?
As a general rule, flag owners will want to wash their flags when the stripes begin looking dingy, if the flag has greasy or rusty looking areas where the flag has been rubbing the flagpole, or if the flag has otherwise become soiled.
However, no two flags endure the same environmental exposure, so there can not be a single prescribed schedule that suits all American flags. Since cleaning the flag will not restore the flag to the original color, flag owners should use their best judgement to choose a cleaning regimen based on the intensity and regularity of the weather and debris their flag is exposed to.
What Should the Cleaning Process Entail?
A review of American flag anatomy
Not sure what you are cleaning? Quickly bring your knowledge up to date with this instructional video about all of the parts of American flag anatomy!
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