FlameGard ® is a water-based flame retardant applied to the fabric that reduces flammability and delays its combustion. Although all fabrics will burn, those that are treated with FlameGard ® fire retardant are significantly more flame resistant. FlameGard ® is a non-toxic treatment that complies with most fire codes. On most fabrics, it does not significantly affect the fabric's original hand, texture or color. FlameGard ® is custom formulated by our engineers based on the chemical composition of the fabric being treated, the application, and any applicable fire code requirements. A certificate of application is provided with each treatment. Please contact us for any questions related to your specific application.
FlameBlock ® is a non-flammable barrier film laminated to the back of any fabric to block fire penetration. This application is frequently used to meet the most stringent fire codes for upholstery and in the aviation industry. First, the fabric is treated with our FlameGard ® treatment, and then it is laminated with our FlameBlock ® barrier liner.
Fabrics used in public places such as schools, theaters, convention halls, hotels, and other public places must meet certain flammability standards, required by local governmental regulations. The most common test for flame retardancy is known as the NFPA 701 Test 1 for drapery, NFPA 260 for upholstery and ASTM E-84 Adhered for wall covering. Fire codes vary by city, state and county. Please check with your local fire marshal’s office for the fire code applicable to your situation. Please contact us for any questions related to your specific application.
Natural fiber fabrics, such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool can be treated to meet all flammability standards. Most synthetic fabrics, such as nylons, acrylic, polypropylene, and acetates are non-absorbent fibers that are difficult to treat. However, rayon and polyester can be treated. We often treat fabrics that are a blend of natural and synthetic fibers. In this case, higher proportions of natural fiber yield better results. Please provide us with the chemical composition of the fabric to be treated.
We have provided flame retardancy treatments to a wide variety of materials and articles other than fabrics or rolled goods. Please inquire.
We provide a certificate of treatment on all fabrics that are finished with FlameGard ® . This means that our treatment has been satisfactory on similar composition fabrics. For most of our clients, this meets their needs. For projects that require a particular finished fabric to meet specific fire codes, we can also provide a certificate of flame retardancy. This certifies that your fabric was tested after our application by an independent laboratory and is certified to meet the applicable codes. If you require a certificate of flame retardancy, please notify us before placing your order and we will provide information on sample size and cost of testing etc.
Fabric must be re-treated after each cleaning in order to be compliant with fire code.
We use certified environmentally safe chemicals. They are nontoxic.