Caring for your new kite
Back in Ben Franklin's day, kites were usually built from paper and sticks, and flown with rough twine. Today, our kites are built to last, with very strong, lightweight materials like Mylar or Ripstop Nylon for the sail, and wrapped carbon rods or fiberglass for the frame. With proper care and handling, your kite will fly for many years to come. Here are a few basic guidelines to help you keep your kite in prime flying condition.
- If you fly your kite at the beach, sand and salt can stick to the sail and cause wear over time. After flying at the beach, take a few minutes to rinse sand off of the kite with fresh water. Allow the sail to dry before storing.
- Do not wash your kite in a washing machine. If necessary, clean it by hand with a mild detergent and sponge. Allow it to air-dry; do not tumble-dry.
- Extended exposure to sunlight can fade the bright colors of the sail, so when possible, store your kite away from direct sunlight; don't keep your kite in the back window of the car.
- Some people like to keep their kite assembled and hanging in their room for decoration. This is fine and will not wear out the kite.
- When storing your kite, roll up the sail. Try to avoid creasing the sail. Remove tension from the sail wherever possible.
- Be careful to keep all of the kite's pieces together; some of the pieces are small and easily lost. If you do lose a piece, it can usually be replaced; just give us a call at (904) 268-7600.
- Your kite won't fly without string (flight line), so when you are finished flying, be patient and always wind the line up properly to avoid knots and tangles. This way your kite is always ready to fly at a moment's notice.
- When you are finished flying, you can leave the string attached to the kite, or you can untie the string to store it separately, whichever is easiest for you.
- Whatever you do, have fun!