Question: How do you fold a national flag?

Answer: There is no protocol regarding the folding of the South African national flag.

 

Question: How do you tie attach a flag to a flag pole?

Answer: Our flags come complete with rope and toggle.

  1. A small loop (about 18mm diameter) should be tied into the flag pole rope coming over the top of the pulley.
  2. The toggle on the flag is pushed through the loop and secured.
  3. The opposite point of the flag pole rope is tied to the rope at the bottom of the webbing.
  4. Once secure, the flag is then hoisted to the top of the pole by pulling down on the rope and the rope is tied to the cleat on the flag pole.
 

Question: How do you keep a flag clean?

Answer: Flags can be machine or hand washed. For machine washing, use a low cycle, cold water and a light detergent. To dry, hang the flag evenly over a washing line. Washing assists with the longevity of a flag as the dirt that collects in the fabric of the flag with over time corrode the fabric of the flag. Also who wants a dirty flag? A flag should always be kept looking clean as it represents your company brand, your country or the country of your guests and visitors.

 

Question: How do you store flags?

Answer: After the flag has been washed and has dried properly, it can be ironed (low heat), folded and stored in a dry area that doesn’t get direct sunlight.

 

Question: How long do flags last?

Answer: Bad weather will damage even the best of flags, high winds combined with rain will increase the wear and tear of your flags, they should therefore be taken down in strong winds and adverse weather conditions. We recommend that you provide for at least 2 flags per flagpole for a one year period if they are hoisted every morning and brought down every night. If your flags fly 24/7 then 4 flags should be purchased. When necessary give the bottom corner of the flying end a stitch or new hem as this is the corner that snaps in the wind. Dirt and pollution damages the fabric and dulls the colours, so wash your flags at least once a month. If you want to enjoy your flags for as long as possible, we recommend that you take them down at sunset.

 

Question: What is the difference between a storm flag and a standard flag?

Answer: A storm flag (90cm x 60cm) is usually flown during stormy or extremely windy conditions, it is a smaller flag and therefore does not take as much strain as the standard flag (180cm x 120cm), which is flown during normal conditions. The 180 x 120cm flag in the most popular size and what is used by most companies for everyday use.

 

Question: Should I fly my flags at night?

Answer: We recommend that flags be taken down at sunset, as they are not visible at night but are still exposed to outdoor elements, which reduces the lifespan of the flag.

 

Question: How do I hoist a flag?

Answer: Our flags come complete with rope and toggle.

  1. A small loop (about 18mm diameter) should be tied into the flag pole rope coming over the top of the pulley.
  2. The toggle on the flag is pushed through the loop and secured.
  3. The opposite point of the flag pole rope is tied to the rope at the bottom of the webbing.
  4. Once secure, the flag is then hoisted to the top of the pole by pulling down on the rope and the rope is tied to the cleat on the flag pole.
 

Question: What are the standard sizes for flags?

Answer: The three most popular sizes are:

  • Storm flag 90cm x 60cm: This is usually flown only during stormy or extremely windy conditions, it is a smaller flag and therefore does not take as much strain as the larger size standard flag.
  • Regular use 180cm x 120cm: This size is flown during normal weather conditions.
  • Ceremonial size 270cm x 180cm: As the name suggests this size is most often used in ceremonies but there are some clients with 9 – 12m high flag poles who use this size.
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