Considering all that it symbolizes, an American flag is a precious item to own and deserves the proper care. However, it can’t be treated the same way as ordinary fabrics, such as clothes. If you’re unfamiliar with the correct way to care for a U.S. flag, use this guide to ensure that you’re always honoring and respecting its significance. 

How to Clean an American Flag 

To keep the colors bold and bright, wash your American flag by hand in a tub or sink of cold water, using a mild detergent. Or, place the tip of a wet cotton swab on the red or blue parts of the flag to see if the colors are absorbed into the cotton. If not, then it’s fine to wash the flag in a normal washing machine. Just make sure you use a gentle cycle and cold water. 

Either way, the flag should be dried on a clothesline, rack, or flat surface, and not put in a dryer. 

Tips for General Care and Maintenance 

American flagIf there are stains, submerge your flag in a sink or tub with lukewarm water and oxygen cleaner. After letting it soak for at least four hours, wash it as described above. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone.

If you’re handy with a needle, go ahead and repair small rips that may appear in the fabric. The Federal U.S. Flag Code doesn’t specify exact required dimensions, but if it’s worn or tattered too far past the fly edge, the code does require that you destroy it in a “dignified way.”

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