Flying a kite symbolizes reaching freedom, finally. It’s like being a pilot, only that you will not ride in a plane but you’ll just drive your “plane” using the string, the wind, and your special technique.
However, being a kite lover doesn’t end in learning a few techniques of making or flying it. This also requires your knowledge on how to take care of your special kite. Here are the tips suggested by fellow kite lovers on how to take care of your special toy:
- Proper washing. A kite getting dirty after playing with it is already part of the game. But that does not mean you always need to wash your kite after using it. It’s not necessary, anyway. You can rinse off those lines and bars of the kite. But never wash the kite’s sail. The fresh water used to wash the sail can cause some moulds on it. Even salt water can cause some pickles on the gear but that will at least make your sail mould-free. You can wash the sail if it’s already very dirty. But when you do, use fresh water to prevent pickles and make sure to dry it completely to prevent moulds. Never use cleaning solutions for the sail, though, unless it is biodegradable. Never store the sail while it’s damp because that will still cause some ugly damages on your kite. Most kites are made out of plastic-like fabric. The water will not really sip into the kite but will only be retained on the surface. Let the water on it evaporate and it’s already safe for storing.
- Summer care. Summer is the perfect season for kite flying. But when you do, make sure that your kite will not be left flapping beside the beach. The intense heat of the sun, especially near the beach, can kill or damage your kite faster than moulds. Your kite is only safe from the damaging heat of the sun if it has UV inhibitors. Most modern kites sold in the market today have this special feature that makes summer kite flying safe for your toy.
- Proper hanging. You can’t just hang your wet kite on a rack or line. Ugly lines and stains will develop on the kite when you do that. It’s best dried on a grass. Let the kite sit on the grass until it’s dry.
- Packing. Disassemble the kite before you properly pack it inside the kite bag. Make sure to roll the string neatly to prevent it from tangling. When you disassemble, you should make sure that every piece of the kite is already in the bag. One lost part might already make a big difference for your kite’s flying performance.
Do all these steps and your kite will be fine. Remember, you need to take care of your kite because it’s not only your source of enjoyment but it’s a big investment. By following these tips, you may not make your kite immortal, but at least you can be sure your kite will live longer than expected—that’s more kite flying fun for you!