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February 22nd, 2024

Can you wash an American flag? 

American flags are meaningful pieces of cloth, but wear out and get dirty after time. Sometimes your flag is still in great shape, but looks a little dirty. So can you wash an American flag? The short answer is yes. Now, the bigger question is how to wash a flag? Let’s go through it. 

Why wash a flag? 

Flags are made out of similar materials to our clothing, we wash our clothes quite often, so why not our flags? Most flags are flown outdoors 24/7, they collect dirt, bird poop, pollutants, and much more. If the flag still has bright, vibrant colors and has little fraying, it can be washed. If the blue and reds are faded, it can be washed, but the flag will still be faded once cleaned. If the white is brown or gray you can still wash the flag to get pollutants and dirt out of the flag but the white will still be dull, not bright and vibrant like a new flag. 

Can you wash an American flag

How do you wash an American flag?

You can wash your flag in the washing machine on a bulky cycle. We recommend using cold water and mild detergent. Then hang your flag to dry. 

Can I wash my flag with other clothes? 

The colors from the flags will not bleed, so if you would like to wash it with other items there will be no problem. I personally prefer to wash my flag separately. When it is flying outside 24/7, it picks up so much dirt. It just feels like it will make my other items grimey. 

Can Custom Flag wash my flag for me? 

Yes! If you would like to ship us your flag or drop it off at our office, we can take a look at it, make sure it can be cleaned (and maybe repaired) then send it back to you. If there is slight fraying on it, we can also repair the flag. 

Sometimes you want your flag to last a little longer, this is a great way to do so. Cleaning and mending your flag is an affordable way to extend the life of your flag before buying a new one. 

When you are ready for a new American flag, we have them in stock, ready to ship.

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