Question: How do I clean a nylon marching band banner? The letters are sewn on. The banner is navy blue with a yellow and white stripe and white lettering. The banner is dirty from being dragged on the ground during parades.
Banners made from nylon are typically safe to machine wash. The biggest danger is the colors bleeding onto one another. If this is a concern, it may be best to hand wash the piece. If you choose to machine wash it, here are the general guidelines. Of course, if the care instructions are provided with the banner, those supersede the general cleaning method below.
You Will Need:
- Mild laundry detergent
- Stain remover
- Washing machine
- Iron (optional)
Steps to Clean the Banner:
- Begin by treating any stains. These include the dirt stains that build up along the bottom of the banner.
- Place the banner in the washing machine and fill with cold water (for a mix of white, light and dark colors) or warm (if all coloring is dark or similar in shades).
- Add the laundry detergent.
- Wash as normal on the gentle cycle.
- Do not machine dry the banner. Instead, lay it flat or hang it to dry.
- Press with a warm iron if needed.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If color bleeding is a concern. Shout makes a product called Color Catchers. These sheets are placed in the washing machine to absorb any loose dye and prevent it from spreading onto the banner itself. They are readily available at any store that sells laundry care items.
- For additional removal techniques for mud and dirt stains, see our guide How to Remove Dirt and Mud Stains.
- Never use high heat with nylon banners as it may cause the fabric to melt.