Puritan Cleaners loves to see our neighbors fly their American flag high and proud. That’s why we’re happy to clean them for those in our community here in Central Virginia free of charge—and that’s true every day we’re open. Big (up to 15’x20′) or small, if it has stars and stripes, we’ll provide a complimentary cleaning!
At Puritan Cleaners, you can trust our dry cleaning experts to care for your American flag, returning it to you in pristine condition ready to be flown proudly. Should you have an heirloom flag that needs cleaning or preservation, we take great honor in caring for those prized, sentimental keepsakes as well. We’re also your one-stop shop for professional dry cleaning of all your other flags. Although we do charge a small fee to clean decorative flags, our team will use the same care and precision!
To learn more about our free American flag dry cleaning service, contact Puritan Cleaners today at 804-355-5726.
Soiling and discoloration of the American flag can occur from indoor and outdoor airborne pollutants, smoke, dust and dirt. Regardless of the material—nylon, polyester, cotton or wool—dry cleaning is recommended to preserve your flag’s shape, color and beauty. It is also the safest method for cleaning that maintains respect for all your flag stands for—loyalty, patriotism and freedom.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We are big supporters of patriotism and we love to see our neighbors fly their US flag. We encourage all of our friends to fly their American Flag proudly.
We’ve cleaned thousands of American flags over the many years that the Pledge of Allegiance program has been in effect. Usually the flags are those that customers might hang from their front porches, but one day a customer brought in a circa 1950 American flag with 48 stars that measured over twenty feet wide.
“The flag was brought in by Captain Tom Tokartz, a service veteran who belongs to the WWII Round Table of Central Virginia,” said Norman Way, Director of Operations at Puritan Cleaners. “Captain Tokartz had us clean the flag, and then presented it to the WWII Round Table at their forum on the evening of October 14th, where it was used as a backdrop for their speaker that night. He was gracious enough to invite us to come to the forum, and I have to say that we were honored to be there.” The program that evening featured a first hand account of B-29 bombing missions over Germany in 1945 from 2nd Lt. Phil True, who was a navigator on one of the planes.
Jerry Dickson, a Puritan plant manager, was responsible for cleaning the flag. “It was a bit unusual to get a flag that big, and, of course, we had to treat it gently because of its age,” said Mr. Dickson. “I think it looked great when we finished, and the customer seemed pleased, so I think everyone was happy in the end.”
“It was a privelege to help such a fine group of American heroes,” added Mr. Way. “To hear their personal stories of World War II was truly amazing. Meeting people like this is one of the best benefits to having our free flag cleaning program. It’s our hope that more people will seek them out and acknowledge them for their contributions to our country.”