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How To Choose Your Flame Retardant (Part 1 - Fabrics)

For Wood and Paper Products Read How to Choose Your Flame Retardant (Part 2 - Wood and Paper Products)

Updated: April 2016

One of our priorities at Rose Brand is to help you maintain an appropriate level of soft goods fire safety and to guide you in your choice of fabric products and FR chemicals. Since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation.

We've prepared the following chart that is intended to be a starting point for FR product selection. We've matched some of our most popular fabric substrates with their appropriate FR solution treatment. Just click on the "A" or the "E" to get more information about each FR product.  Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.

Fabric Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

FABRIC

 FF2 

 FF3 

 FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

 MG702 

 RF-NF 

 RF-SF 

 RF-DF 

 RF-WD 

Acrylic

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

Burlap

A

A

A

A

E

A

 

 

A

Cotton

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Duvetyn

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

Erosion Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Felt (Wool)

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

 

 

Jute

E

E

A

E

 

E

 

 

A

Linen

E

E

E

A

 

A

A

E

 

Metallic

 

A

A

 

 

 

E

E

 

Muslin (1 side painted)

E

E

E

E

E

A

 

 

 

Muslin (unfinished)

A

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

 

 

 

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

FABRIC

 FF2 

 FF3 

 FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

 MG702 

 RF-NF 

 RF-SF 

 RF-DF 

 RF-WD 

Nylon

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

 

 

Polyesters, selected

A

A

A

 

 

 

A

A

 

Polyester/Cotton Blend

 

 

A

 

E

 

A

A

 

Polyester/Rayon Blend

 

 

E

 

E

 

A

A

 

Ramie

E

E

A

E

E

E

E

 

 

Rayon

A

A

A

A

E

A

A

E

 

Scrim (Cotton)

A

A

A

A

E

A

A

A

 

Silk

A

A

A

A

E

 

A

A

 

Velour (Cotton)

E

 

 

A

A

A

 

 

 

Velvet (Natural)

E

E

E

A

A

A

 

 

 

Velvet (Synthetic)

E

E

E

 

 

 

A

A

 

Wool

 

E

A

 

E

A

E

 

 

 

For more information on preparing for your next gig, check our previous blog post titled "How To Be Hassle Free on Soft Goods FR Issues." Our sales and customer service staff will be glad to assist you by phone, e-mail, or fax with product selection, approval procedures, and documentation requirements. If you would like to find out more about how Rose Brand can help you please visit www.rosebrand.com, send us an email at customerservice@rosebrand.com, or give us a call at 800-223-1624.