Congratulations on your purchase of our revolutionary quality flag(s).
Since our inception, we have always made it a compulsion to produce the very finest quality flags, to easily make our customers fall in love with them. However, all flags require reasonable care to provide maximum service and satisfaction, and to help extend it’s life to the fullest. After all, flags are not just a piece of cloth! It’s a symbol that generates pride, solidarity and unity. So, the least it deserves is your careful attention. The lack of a little care due to carelessness or lack of resources will ultimately have your flag retired sooner. In addition, it would eventually burn a hole in your pocket! Thus, below are a few simple tips & suggestions, to help you enjoy your new flag longer…
- Only flags made specifically for exterior use should be displayed outdoors.
- For best results, we recommend not to expose your flag to rain, snow, abnormally high winds or during storms etc. These forces of nature can shorten it’s life considerably. Should the flag become wet, it is advisable to spread the flag to be allowed to dry completely. Do not fold/roll-up a wet or damp flag.
- To keep it’s rich colours looking bright & new, clean your flag regularly, before soiling and discolouration from dirt, smoke, dust or pollution, and other airborne contaminants that set in the fabric. Outdoor flags can be hand or machine washed with warm water and a mild soap or detergent, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to dry. Although miniature table flags are not required to be washed, in the event of any dust or stains, you may dip the flag into soapy water and gently remove the dust/stains by hand. (As the hems of the table flags are not stitched, it is recommended to clean them as suggested above to avoid the flag from fraying.)
- Consider having 2 flags for each staff/flagpole to enable rotating them on a regular basis during cleaning or washing. Tests have shown that flag fibres actually benefit from periodic ‘rest’. Also, you shall not be without a flag while the other is being cleaned or repaired. We strongly recommend having a 3rd set which can be used for displaying only on special occasions or during the visit of a chief guest/VIP etc. It should then be removed on the same day.
- Professional dry cleaning is recommended for the indoor pedestal flags or appliqué/embroidered outdoor flags. Certain establishments may offer to clean our beloved tiranga’s, free of charge, especially prior to Independence & Republic Day.
- Do not place the flag where the wind will whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables, etc. The smallest tear can soon result in a tattered flag. Keep pole surfaces free of heavy dirt, rust, scale and corrosion that could damage your flag.
- Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. In particular, look for ‘normal wear’ fabric or thread breaks which may occur at the ‘fly’ end. This is the end farthest from the staff/flagpole. Trimming off and re-hemming/stitching of torn or frayed ends will help extend the life of your flag. In most cases, we can offer to have your flags repaired at no additional cost, however, the cost for transporting the flag back & forth may not be worth it. Hence, it maybe best to have it re-stitched by a local tailor or other suitable establishment.
Special Note for Larger or Giant Flag Users (10ft x 15ft & Up)
Larger flags naturally represent a more significant investment and as such, should be given maximum attention and protection. Pay special attention to paragraphs # 4, 6 & 7 and ensure to keep your flag in good repair.
Common FAQ – How long will a flag last?
Experience has proven that this is an impossible question to answer accurately. It is like predicting the weather, airborne contamination, and the treatment people will give a flag.
The major enemies of a flag are wind, water, sun, pollution and of course, carelessness. Neither you nor we can control the weather, but you can take good care of your flag and lengthen its life by following simple tips. Occasional washing in warm mild-detergent water will prevent dirt and pollutants from attacking the fabric. To prevent mildew, let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it. Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying; don’t wait for it to be blown to shreds. Continuous day and night display will shorten a flag’s life. Tests have shown that in some cases, a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only one-fourth as long as one flown only during daytime. Hence, if your flag is not illuminated at night, you should consider taking it down to appreciably lengthen its life.
Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no two flags receive identical wear & tear because weather conditions vary & consequently, the life of each flag is different.
Regardless of how well it is manufactured, constructed and stitched, a flag is, after all a fabric and will sooner or later succumb to the elements. Your flag works hard. It shakes…it trembles…it drapes…it whips…it snaps…it chafes…it bakes…it freezes…it ripples…it flutters…it quivers…it furls…it rolls…it twists…it flaps…it strains…it flies…it unfurls…it hangs! Is it any wonder that it needs to be replaced three to six times a year?
The best way we know to ensure ‘PAISA VASOOLI’ of your flag, is to keep three flags: one flying, one in the wash that is interchanged regularly with the first one & another 3rd clean one kept in reserve that is used only during special occasions or events & removed thereafter.