There is no more cherished symbol in the United States than the American flag. Please fly your flag proudly. If you flag is soiled, it is quite appropriate to wash it.
Follow this link to the U.S. Flag Code http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html Washing your flag on a regular basis can prolong it’s life. Most outdoor flags are made of polyester or nylon. They can be hand washed in cold water with a mild laundry detergent. If you have a cotton flag, it can be laundered in the same way. DO NOT put your flag in the dryer! Hang it on a clothesline (remember them) or drying rack to allow it to drip dry. If it is wrinkled, use a cool iron to press nylon or polyester — a hot iron for cotton. If you are not sure about the material of your flag, take it to the dry cleaner. Many cleaners offer FREE flag cleaning, especially during the month of July. If your flag is stained, add some oxygen-based bleach like Clorox 2 or OxiClean to a tub of cool water and allow the flag to soak for several hours. Rinse well in clear, cool water. You can repair small rips in your flag. Do not alter the size of the flag and make your repair as unnoticeable as possible. If you are not a Betsy Ross, take it to a professional seamstress. See the U.S. Flag Code for the proper disposal of damaged flags. Fly your flag proudly to support the brave men and women who serve our country so we an enjoy our freedom.