Fire Retardant fabrics are those special fabrics that have been treated with a specific flame-retardant coating. The flame retardants work by coating the flammable fabrics with a mineral based barrier, thus preventing fire from reaching the fibers. Compared to untreated standard fabrics, these Fire Retardant fabrics will burn at a much slower rate, preventing any potential major safety hazard.
Therefore, Fire Retardant fabrics are crucial safety tools in a great variety of industrial, commercial, municipal and residential applications. With technological improvements, these fabrics have made it possible for the development of flame barriers and curtains, coverings, different personal protective equipment and more.
Before we go on further however, it is crucial to note that no fabric available is actually “fireproof”; in time, they will eventually burn. However, fire retardant fabrics resist fire much more than others, and for a longer period of time. Essentially, Fire retardant fabrics will self-extinguish when exposed to an open flame, saving you and your materials from any damage.
Properties of a Fire Retardant fabric
The term Fire Retardant as applied to organic (that is to say, carbon-containing) materials, is intended to refer to reduced fire hazard. At Adamjee Textile, all our Fire retardant fabrics undergo a series of rigorous laboratory testing before they can be approved for our clients’. Here are some of the processes they go through:
- Assessment of the Fire retardant properties’ strength
- Testing of the speed at which the textiles catch fire via different burning methods, such as using a gas burner, gas flame, a cigarette, or burning a stack of dry wood
Therefore, any amount and intensity of heat delivered within a long enough time interval will have little or no impact on the fabrics’ integrity, making it a perfect choice for a wide variety of applications.
Common Applications of Fire Retardant fabrics
Fire Retardant fabrics are necessary in a wide variety of applications. Many of our clients regulate the types of fabrics which are allowed in various settings and areas, to ensure that the facilities meet their minimum application safety standards and guidelines. Some of the most popular applications for these fabrics include:
- Hospital uses, such as material for drapes, sheets, and mattress covers
- Hospitality sector, for materials like curtains, comforters, sheets and others
- Military applications, such as protective military clothing
- occupational safety, along with applications focused on worker safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in industrial and outdoor settings
- Recreation, specifically in camping, golfing, hiking, hunting, and etc.
Durability of our Fire Retardant materials
For a fabric designated to be Fire Retardant, the flame retardancy will actually last for the entire life of the fabric, since it has been woven and sewed into the fabric fiber itself. These sheets and fabrics can be washed, laundered and dry-cleaned easily. An important caution here is that, since these chemicals used in fire retardant materials are soluble in liquids, these fabrics must be dry-cleaned with a non-liquid cleaning agent.