If you’ve ever owned a flag, you’ve likely experienced the fraying they’re plagued by as they age. You can try to mend and fix frays as they occur, but once a flag starts fraying, it’s usually the beginning of the end. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help prevent fraying in the first place. Keep reading for six easy ways to keep your flag from fraying. 


1. Choose the Right Fabric

If you fly your flag outside, you need a flag material that can withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Extreme temperatures and high winds can quickly degrade fabrics like cotton. Instead, opt for more durable fabrics like nylon and polyester.

2. Give It Enough Room to Fly

Make sure to give your flag plenty of clearance, and don’t fly it too close to other physical structures like trees and buildings. On a windy day, repeated whipping and thrashing against other objects can cause your flag to fray.

3. Wash Your Flag Regularly

Dirt and debris that builds up on your flag can weaken the fibers and make it more susceptible to fraying. You should carefully wash your flag with a light detergent on your washing machine’s delicate cycle and then allow it to air dry.

4. Don’t Fly It in Bad Weather

Torrential wind and rain can do serious damage to your flag, especially with repeated exposure. That’s why it’s best not to fly your flag on days when your area is expecting a storm or other severe weather. Instead, store it somewhere safe inside and wait until the bad weather passes to fly it again.

5. Waterproof Your Flag

Even if you plan on taking your flag down during storms, blizzards, and other inclement weather, it’s still wise to waterproof it. You never know when a rain shower will pop up, and you can’t be home 24/7. There are several fabric-safe waterproofing sprays and dips on the market today that can protect your flag when you’re away.

6. Always Store Dry

Storing your flag wet can cause mold and mildew to flourish, which can destroy your flag. Make sure your flag is completely dry before you fold it up and store it anywhere.

High-Quality Flags Deliver More Value

When your flag does reach the end of its life, you can find a high-quality replacement at Elmer’s Flag. Visit our online store or reach out to our team to learn more about our wide selection of flags and accessories.