Respect for the Stars and Stripes: How to clean your American flag

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On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, authorizing the Stars and Stripes to be our country’s official national symbol of strength and unity. Today’s flag consists of thirteen stripes for the original colonies:  seven red stripes symbolizing hardiness and valor, and six white stripes symbolizing purity and innocence. The white stars represent the fifty states of the Union, and the blue background symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

So perhaps as Flag Day approaches, this might be a good time for those of you who regularly fly the American flag outdoors to inspect it for tears, fraying, and spots. Most people agree that it is indeed okay, per flag etiquette, to wash a soiled flag rather than destroying it unless it’s beyond help.

If your flag just needs a little spot cleaning rather than the full treatment in the sink or washer, Speed Cleaning has a few great products for you to choose from:

  • Stain Assassin gets its cleaning power from a chemical found in the peel of citrus fruits and other plants. Wrote one reviewer, “Works first time – every time.”
  • All-natural Red Juice is derived from seaweed, soybean extracts, and other natural ingredients.
  • Stain Gobbler’s powerful enzymes are harmless to you and your home but deadly on organic-based stains like blood and grass in addition to the organic debris that your flag may encounter. Stain Gobbler is safe on all fabrics except silk and wool.

All of these cleaning products are gentle and can be used on multiple surfaces as well as fabric. Order yours today along with other great products from our catalog and get your American flag back in tip-top shape in time for Flag Day, the Fourth of July, and beyond.

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