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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 

 

 I am not sure the proper way to display my American flag under certain circumstances?
 
Visit the “Flag Etiquette” section of our website, the information there covers most situations. If you do not see the information you need you can contact the National Flag Foundation, their number is 412-261-1776 or you can visit their website at www.americanflags.org.
 
 I have an old flag that has been in my family for years. Now I want to display it  everyday but it needs to be cleaned how do I clean it?
 
Many US flags sold in the past 20 years have been made of synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester. These can be machine washed in cold water with a mild detergent. Older flags made of cotton or wool may be more fragile. Natural fabrics tend to deteriorate with age and the fibers become brittle. I would be hesitant to machine- wash these older flags. You can try washing by hand with Woolite or a similar product.
 
 I have an old 48 star flag from Grandma’s attic. How can I tell if it  has any value as an antique?
 
There is a website just for that purpose www.vexman.net/antique.htm. It is hosted by one of America’s most prominent flag experts.
 
 Is it proper to display an American flag with fewer than 50 stars?
 
Yes, as long as the flag was once an official US flag it will always remain so. Even the historical US flag such as the 13-star Betsy Ross is still considered an official American flag.
 

 Is it proper to fly a US flag that has been used as a casket cover?

 
Yes.
 
 I bought a new flag last week and put it on my car. Now it’s all torn up. Why did it wear  out so quickly?
 
None of the US flags we sell are designed to withstand the stress of being displayed on vehicles and driven on the highway. Even the “auto” flags we sell are only meant to be used for short time periods, parades and festivals for example. If you want to show your patriotism on your car it would better to use a bumper sticker or tape a US flag inside a side window. Tying a flag to your antenna or otherwise affixing it to your vehicle is unsafe. It could easily tear loose and fly off, thereby causing an accident.
 
Why are flags made out of different materials?
 
Flags are used for many different purposes by many different people. Some flags are used for outdoor display, others for memorial purposes, and still others for indoor display. Depending on its use a flag can be made out of nylon, cotton, a polycotton blend, polyester, or a special kind of "spun" polyester. Common uses for these flags might be:

Nylon - the most durable and serviceable option. Nylon is duarable, retains color well, flies in a breeze well, and is easily cleaned.

Cotton - a traditional and, to many, the most beautiful material. It has a natural feel and a pleasant "heft." However, like anything made of cotton, it is less durable and should therefore be used for decorative or ceremonial purposes.

Polycotton blend or polyester - these materials print very well and are attractive. Their best feature is economy, making them excellent for temporary use or where cost is an issue.

"Spun" polyester - a special, premium material that holds up well in windy or harsh conditions. Because it is spun, it has the feel of cotton, but its synthetic nature gives it the durability of nylon.

Remember to always treat a flag with common sense and respect, never fold it wet, regardless of material, and replace whenever it reaches a condition not befitting the symbol of the country. A good rule is if you wouldn't wear it, don't fly it.

 
 What size flag can be flown from my in-ground pole?
 
See the table below:

 Flagpole   Flag
 10'-15'  3'x5'
 20'  3'x5' or 4'x6'
 25'  4'x6' - 5'x8'
 30'  5'x8' - 6'x10'
 40'-45'  6'x10' - 8'x12'
 50'  8'x12' - 10'x15'
 60'-65'  10'x15' - 10'x19'          
 70'-80'  10'x19' - 12'x18'
 90'-100'  20'x30' - 30'x60'