Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Banner Care and Storage

After you have invested the time and/or money in a banner, it is especially important to take proper care of your valuable investment.

Storage

Banners should never be folded. The best way to store them is to hang them on a rod and enclose them in a breathable cover (a cotton or cotton/poly blend works best). For multiple banners, a storage unit such as the Universal Hanging and Storage System is a great investment. For more information, click here.

If your space does not allow for hanging, the next best option is to roll up your banners in a tube with the front of the banner facing the inside to protect any embellishments. If your banner has a large amount of embellishments, you might want to consider a layer of acid-free tissue paper. There are many options available for storing rolled banners such as a hard-shell rolling storage case or a light-weight travel tote. For more information on these storage solutions, click here.

Whatever storage method is best for you, it is important to keep your banners in a dry place away from direct sunlight. It might be beneficial to appoint a person to be in charge of banner care. This would be a particularly good job for someone who wants to serve but does not feel they are gifted in sewing.

Cleaning

Due to the delicate nature of most banners, the only way to clean them is by dusting. Water and other wet chemicals can leave watermarks or even strip the color of the fabric. The most important part of cleaning your banner begins with preventing it from getting dirty by practicing proper storage.

2 comments:

doug said...

What about flag cleaning? I think they are nylon.

Penny Harmon said...

usually a damp cloth will do it. Try cleaning a small portion of the flag. Remember never to use high heat with nylon.

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