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To wash or not to wash ?
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:16:49 AM »
I have a really nice sewn 48 stars and stripes flag . I want to use this as a backdrop/display here at home .
Should I wash it ? If so what detergent, if any should I use ?
Any of you guys done somthing similar ??

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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2016, 08:42:39 AM »
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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2016, 09:09:44 AM »
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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2016, 09:17:29 AM »
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Yep, why take a chance with cloth that's over 55 years old? You would be unhappy if it fell apart or changed in colour.

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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2016, 09:35:52 AM »
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Yep, why take a chance with cloth that's over 55 years old? You would be unhappy if it fell apart or changed in colour.

K

I'll have to see if I can find someone in these parts of the UK that can do that for me  :)
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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2016, 12:46:32 PM »
LB,

A few important things to consider:

1. Is it printed? If you wash it the chance of the colors running is greater..

2. Sewn flags are a little easier to care for but again you run into the coloring bleeding. If you really want to wash it, place the flag in a pillow case and that way the tumble and rinse cycle will not be as great.

3. I would research and see if there were any specialists in the area that deal with vintage cloth/clothing ect..

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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2016, 11:03:57 PM »
Carl...years ago I acquired a WW2 48 star flag, approx 3' x 2'. It was / is of multi-piece construction and made of a heavy "linen" (?) type of material. Overall in great shape...no damage...but the white stripes and stars had yellowed over the years, possibly due to nicotine pollution? I wanted to display it but the discolouration definitely detracted from its appearance. So...I decided to take a chance and wash it. I used a commercial hand-wash product designed for woollens and immersed it in tepid water. I gently agitated it for a few minutes and the water quickly turned a muddy brown! I then rinsed it several times in clean tepid water and took it outside into the air to drain and dry, not wanting to risk the spin cycle. The end result was very satisfying. A clean flag with no ill-effects! Obviously, that was my personal experience with just one flag. Other flags might be prone to colour bleeding etc. Just weigh the pros and cons and proceed with caution!
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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2016, 04:55:32 AM »
Carl...years ago I acquired a WW2 48 star flag, approx 3' x 2'. It was / is of multi-piece construction and made of a heavy "linen" (?) type of material. Overall in great shape...no damage...but the white stripes and stars had yellowed over the years, possibly due to nicotine pollution? I wanted to display it but the discolouration definitely detracted from its appearance. So...I decided to take a chance and wash it. I used a commercial hand-wash product designed for woollens and immersed it in tepid water. I gently agitated it for a few minutes and the water quickly turned a muddy brown! I then rinsed it several times in clean tepid water and took it outside into the air to drain and dry, not wanting to risk the spin cycle. The end result was very satisfying. A clean flag with no ill-effects! Obviously, that was my personal experience with just one flag. Other flags might be prone to colour bleeding etc. Just weigh the pros and cons and proceed with caution!

Ian, the flag I have is of a "linen" material too . I might just try some tepid clean water first .I asked my local dry cleaners about it and they couldn't guarantee that it would clean or if it would not fall apart  :-\
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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2016, 05:32:23 AM »
That's fairly typical Carl. I've taken a few WW2 uniform items to commercial dry-cleaners in the past but because they don't have "care labels" like modern-made garments do they have either declined to clean them or else I've had to sign a disclaimer which exonerates the cleaners from any responsibility, should things go wrong ( BTW...they never have!)
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Re: To wash or not to wash ?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2016, 09:19:07 AM »
Hello

Not sure if you've done the deed yet, but I've steamed a few British flags and they've come out great.

Bought two Union Flags which were covered in candle wax, having been used as a tablecloth and the wax just vanished. The yellow wasn't perhaps completely gone but 90% better.

Coincidentally I've also bought a yellow and brown stained 48 star flag from the US and was going to give it a steam in the summer
Also have to wait till I go to my parents house who have a steamer!!!!

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