There’s nothing we like better at Classic Cleaners than a clean, bright, red-white-and-blue American flag flying proudly in the wind.
In fact, one of the special things we do to earn our “Best Dry Cleaners in Indy” rating is to clean any American or state flag (3’x5’ or smaller) free of charge. (That’s not one of the famous Classic Cleaners monthly specials – we do flag-cleaning all year ‘round!)
This month is the perfect time to have your flags cleaned, though. After all, we’re smack dab in the middle of flag season, what with Memorial Day a couple of weeks ago, then Flag Day this week, and Fourth of July coming up. Sure enough, at Classic Cleaners we see a lot of flags being turned in every June.
There are actually dozens of “flag days”, including:
- Inauguration Day (January 20)
- Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
- Army Day (April 6)
- Labor Day (first Monday in September)
- Constitution Day (September 17)
- Navy Day (October 27)
- Veterans Day (November 11)
But, as capital flags.com reminds us, as a U.S. citizen, you may display your flag any day you like!
Our Classic Cleaners’ professionals can help guard the colors of your flag and remove dirt and stains, but guarding against tears is often something the owner needs to do. It’s important not to fly your flag where it will come in contact with tree branches, wire cables, or even nails and hooks protruding from a building’s walls.
Capitalflags.com advises protecting your flag from exposure to storms and abnormally high winds, because any of these things can shorten a flag’s life. While many flags today are made of weather-proof material, high winds can tatter any flag. At Classic Cleaners we want to add that, if your flag gets wet, spread it out to dry before bringing it to be professionally cleaned. Putting the flag into a bag while wet can cause some of the colors to “bleed”.
At Classic Cleaners, we want to help you keep those American – and those Indiana State – flags flying high and proud!
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team