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How to Clean Your Curtains, Cycs and Nettings

We’re often asked by customers how to clean their curtains, cycs and nettings. Of course, cleaning is important to maintain the look of these products, but also to maintain their flame retardancy characteristics. Here are some important considerations when cleaning natural and synthetic fiber products.

Natural Fiber Products

Dry cleaning is a good option for curtains, cycs and nettings that are made of natural fiber fabrics (cotton, cotton/poly blends, linen, jute, silk). Since natural fiber products used in public spaces have all been treated with a water soluble flame retardant chemical, washing these materials in a water based solution will remove the FR (flame retardant) additive. This presents a fire safety hazard and would likely cause failure of any fire safety inspection.

Dry cleaning, on the other hand, will help preserve the flame resistant qualities of your treated fabric. However, the effectiveness of More...

What's a Fire Curtain?

Fire curtains provide a fire and smoke barrier that separates the stage house from the auditorium. In the event of a fire, the fire curtain automatically descends to provide theatre patrons extra time to safely evacuate.

Local building and fire codes vary and require different types of fire protection. Most states use a modified version of the National Fire Protection Association’s code ( As a guideline, note that all Rose Brand fire curtains are designed, manufactured and installed according to NFPA80 and ANSI E1.22 standards. The curtains are made of 40 oz., non-asbestos, high temperature coated fiber glass fabric. However, before specifying a fire curtain for your venue, it's wise to check with your local fire marshal to insure that you're specs will meet local requirements.

The two most common fire curtain installations are Straight Lift and Brail Lift systems. The Straight Lift Curtain is rigged to always hang flat, so it requires a large fly space above the proscenium for storage. The Brail Lift Curtain requires much less space. It’s rigged similar to an Austrian curtain to gather in pleats above the proscenium.

Learn more about Straight Lift and Brail Lift fire curtains.