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Fire-Retarding of Curtains & Drapes

 

Fires in houses spread quickly and are deadly. You can protect yourself and your family by having them treated with a fire-retardant solution.
Fire-retarding curtain fabric with a fire-retardant will slow the progress of the flame and may cause the flame to extinguish.

 

Many curtain materials are flammable, and contain natural and synthetic fibres. Without fire-retarding, these fibres can and usually do burn.

Fire-retarding

Curtains can provide a conduit from lower levels to the ceiling. Sources of flame vary from lighters (kids playing), to electric blankets to lithium batteries found in many of today’s devices and cellphones.

Our flame-retardant solution makes the material resistant to burning when it encounters a low-energy ignition source (such as a cigarette lighter or a candle). Curtain Clean can now apply a fire retardant to most curtains, new or old.

We recommend that older curtains are cleaned before application of the retardant because old dust and dirt hinder the fire retarding action. This also allows us to apply the solution as part of the cleaning process.

Building Regulations

The 2016 Building regulations now require curtains in any public space (such as a restaurant, school, hall) to have fire retardant curtains. Curtain Clean provides a 5 year Certificate of Compliance for buildings that require fire retarded curtains to obtain Compliance.

Have your curtains treated before they are installed or while they are here for cleaning. There are three types of materials; Fire resistant fabrics that are manufactured and can be made into curtains; naturally fire retardant materials such as wool; and non retardant materials.

 

Fire-retarding

Curtains and drapes are treated with:

Inspecta-ShieldTM Fire Retardant Spray

Inspecta-ShieldTM is a versatile, broad spectrum, odourless, colourless, multi-use, penetrating, class ‘A’ fire retardant (for interior use only). Inspecta-Shield is non-toxic, non-allergenic and offers superior fire-retardant protection.

Inspecta-Shield Plus is a durable, non-toxic, penetrating, fire retardant. When properly applied, Inspecta-Shield meets or exceeds the criteria for a “Class A” rating on most materials.

Inspecta-Shield

  • Treats both natural and synthetic materials.
  • Meets or exceeds governmental criteria for a Class A Fire Retardant on most materials.
  • Is durable – it will not wear off, dry clean out, or bleach out by humidity and it allows fibres to breathe
  • Has a sun-shield with a U.V. stabilizer. This drastically reduces sun fading and sun rot and increases decorating options and fabric life.
  • Is visible only under long wave UV light.
  • Is odourless and colourless.
  • Leaves no uncomfortable residue or unsightly salt rings after treatment.
  • Is non-corrosive to metal when dry.
UL (USA), classified Inspecta-Shield assures a quality controlled, invisible fire retardant ideally suited for economical commercial treatments of:
  • Natural and synthetic fibres.
  • Upholstery, draperies and carpeting.
  • Decorative products, displays, paper and cardboard.
  • Stage curtains, mattresses and much more.

NZ  Standard for flame retardant fabrics.

  • AS 1530 Part 2 – This is the Australian & NZ Standard for flame-retardant fabrics for use in curtains and drapes.

Flammability Codes

  • NDFR – Non Durably Flame-Retardant – These fabrics are chemically treated with a water solution and if wetted in any way should be retreated to meet flammability requirements.
  • DFR – Durably Flame-Retardant – These fabrics are chemically treated to withstand a number of cleanings.
  • IFR – Inherently Flame-Retardant – These fabrics are woven from fibres that have high flame-retardancy, and in some cases an additional chemical treatment is added as an extra safeguard.
  • Not FR – Not Flame-Retardant – These fabrics have not had any flame-retardant treatment.

Fire-retarding Key Points

 

For more information please call us on 0800 579 0501.

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