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Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

So, I am embarrassed to tell but when I was cleaning up stuff today, I found that I apparently have a small leak over the chart table. A whole bunch of NOAA pocket charts got moldy. No big loss, they were outdated anyways and I need to print the current versions.

But also my ensign was affected. Not too bad, but there are brownish stains on it from the moisture.

So, what to do? My plan is to hand-wash gently in Woolite or something. Good idea? And if that does not solve the problem, what would be Plan B?

In case it makes a difference, it is a good quality flag (West Marine brand), not printed but the stripes are fully colored through and sewn together, and stars are embroidered.
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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

Plan B if it were an American flag, you would dispose by literally burning it! There is an actual prayer, way to dispose of the flag by burning.

Not sure if an Ensign is supposed to be disposed accordingly or not......but it may be.
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Plan B if it were an American flag, you would dispose by literally burning it! There is an actual prayer, way to dispose of the flag by burning.

Not sure if an Ensign is supposed to be disposed accordingly or not......but it may be.
I hope burning would be Plan C, or D or Z.

And yes, it is a regular (50 stars) American flag
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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

Try soaking in high concentration OxyClean.

I couldn't get myself to burn the flag. Although, done with proper respect, that is the correct method. I believe either the local VFW or American Legion, in the US, will take them for disposal.
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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

Minnewaska is correct. If all else fails, your local VFW/American Legion will dispose of your flag properly for no charge. We have delivered many a flag to them over the years. Good luck with your cleaning efforts. Mildew stains are tough to remove.
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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

Chuck in a bit of bleach then rinse well.

If some stains remain it just looks like you hvae had more adventures
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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

From a VFW site on disposal

Flag Disposal:

1. The flag should be folded in its customary manner.
2. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.
3. Place the flag on the fire.
4. The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.
5. After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.
6. Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.


Not as I remember from my boy scout days, I keep thinking one is to shred and burn, but if the fire is large enough, I can see doing it this way.

Also, not disposing of the flag appropriately, is a FEDERAL offense, and is punishable by jail time. This is assuming the OP's flag is not cleanable etc.

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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

***HIGHLY POLITICAL***

** Moderator Edit**

The body of this post has been removed as it was entirely off topic for this thread. Such political statements, however strongly held, are not for the General Discussion forum

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Fire away, but it's my opinion and I earned the right and selflessly served so any of YOU could have YOUR opinion, too...

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Re: Old Glory, slightly moldy. What to do?

I don't think any of Johnnycat's response has anything to do with the OP's question. And I certainly isn't relevant or welcome in a discussion on the proper disposal of a sailing ensign.
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