I am not a fan of hand washing things....so when it comes to washing a soiled flag, I just throw it in the washer on a gentle cycle and then into the dryer on LOW for just a few minutes to get some of the moisture out and then I hang it to dry. If the flag has been hanging outside for quite sometime , and you would really like to preserve the flag for a while longer, you would probably want to hand wash it and DO NOT put it in the dryer. Depending on how much exposure the flag has already had there is a good chance the fabric has started to break down some and the agitation of the washer and heat from the dryer could cause some tears and yes some "tears" also. It is very important if you are going to store your flags to be sure they are completely dry. Putting them away damp will cause them to mildew and also create creases that are next to impossible to get out.
The most important thing is to enjoy your flag to the fullest. If where you really want to hang your flag to display it the best is out in the blaring sun and wind then go for it. As I said, they are not made to last forever and there are more where that one came from. Most of the fun of decorative house and garden flags is buying new ones anyway. So visit www.CustomFLagsandGifts.com and replace your worn out flags.
Thanks for reading.
Marilee & Josie