American flags are available in different materials. While some of them are made of polyester or nylon, others are made of cotton. If you’re going to buy a cotton American flag, you’ll need to care for it. All materials require maintenance — and cotton is no exception. By following these tips, you can protect your cotton American flag from premature wear and tear.
Keep It Dry
You should try to keep your cotton American flag dry. Cotton doesn’t have the same water-resistant properties as polyester and nylon. Rather, it’s an absorbent textile. Cotton, in fact, can absorb up to 25 times its weight in water.
If you display your cotton American flag indoors, you won’t have to worry about it getting wet. Displaying it outdoors, though, is a different story. Rain may drench your cotton American flag to the point where it’s completed saturated in water. You can still display your cotton American flag outdoors, but bring it indoors if there’s rain in the forecast.
Because they are more absorbent than polyester and nylon American flags, cotton American flags require frequent cleaning. They are more susceptible to stains. As airborne moisture soaks into the cotton, it may leave behind superficial blemishes. You shouldn’t display a stained American flag. Instead, you should clean it.
You can clean your cotton American flag using a damp washcloth and some gentle laundry detergent. Place a small amount of detergent on the washcloth, after which you can blot the surface of your cotton American flag until it comes clean.
Beware of Sunlight
Most cotton American flags lack the ultraviolet (UV) protection of their synthetic counterparts. American flags made of a synthetic material are better protected against the sun’s UV rays. You can display them outdoors for days or weeks on end without fear of them fading. Cotton American flags, though, may fade when exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
If you’re going to display a cotton American flag outdoors, you may want to minimize its exposure to sunlight. Perhaps you can display it under your patio’s roof, for instance, where it’s shaded from the sunlight. Alternatively, you can bring it indoors periodically to minimize sunlight exposure.
Cotton American flags offer several benefits. They are inexpensive, eco-friendly and vibrant. But they still require maintenance to protect against premature wear and tear. You can maintain your cotton American flag by keeping it dry, cleaning it and minimizing its exposure to sunlight.