Fire Resistant Fabric Properties
Fabric is categorized as flame retardant cloth in line with, unsurprisingly, the time it requires the fabric to burn off and in what temperatures it will so. Our fabrics undergo rigorous testing in separate labs. The cloth is then assessed on a range of criteria to demonstrate the strength of their flame retardant properties, so that the end consumer can know exactly what they’re buying in. Tests are carried out in labs like Labotex for its speed at which the fabrics capture fire, using methods like a gas burner or gas flame, smoldering smoke, a tiny pile of dry wood
There are also global furniture criteria that measure the fire retardant properties of upholstered furniture through testing such as Britain’s BS 5852. Check out our article 3 things you want to understand about upholstery cloth testing to get a read jam-packed with information.
Inherently FR Polyester Fabric
Fabric might be naturally fire retardant due to the fiber’s innate properties: FR-One uses 100% Inherently FR Polyester for this exact same reason. Polyester is also easy care and durable, whereas fabrics such as wool could shrink after washing – which is not something you want happening on your own furniture! Apart from durability and flame retardancy, our fabrics are only, well, amazingly soft. No really. We’re all about that luxurious feel , combining a simple elegance using a coziness you can feel.Check our dedication to the art of hygge here. Although some fabrics may also be treated with a fire retardant chemical that resists heat and helps you to extinguish flames, this is not the way Fire resistant fabric protects our fabrics. FR-One Fire Retardant fabrics start by optimizing the fibers using Inherent Fire-Retardant characteristics (IFR), a quality that’s embedded in the molecular structure of the fiber and will therefore never diminish.
Textiles which are fire retardant
This guarantees our fire retardant clothes look and feel just like natural ones, and that’s even before they undergo rigorous testing for high safety standards! Certain textiles do naturally resist fire better than many others. As an instance: Wool is usually regarded as the very flame retardant natural fiber, since it is difficult to ignite and might extinguish smaller flames on its own. Silk also burns , is difficult to ignite and might self-extinguish under certain conditions.
Acrylic, polyester and nylon are also all regarded fire retardant fabrics, as they catch fire in a higher temperature than natural fibers. There are 3 different ways a cloth can be made fire retardant, so we’ll start off with the very best and most efficient manner: it’s when the FR properties are inherent in the yarn itself.
FR-One special protective fabrics
This is exactly what makes FR-One special. We don’t apply treatments or finishes to fabrics, nor do we coat our fabrics. There are ways to make your textiles fire retardant utilizing chemical treatments and finishes, and we are going to have a quick look at those below. There are two types of therapy commonly Utilized in flame retardant upholstery: Coating: With the coating technique, a fire retardant back-coating is placed on the fabric in question. This stiffens the fabric, which makes it better for upholstery use. The coating technique is considered less appropriate as curtain fabric, however, as the curtain of the material ends up less natural than with other fabric treatments.
Fire resistant fabric testing and producing
The other common fire-treatment method is referred to as chemical dipping, which is more often used for materials made from natural fibers (or which have a high percentage of organic fibers). If the cloth catches fire, the compounds applied during the cloth treatment process are activated by the heat, triggering a chemical reaction that extinguishes the flame – similar to the way compound fire-extinguishers work. Not needing our amazing layouts to have anything to do with fire extinguishers, however, we went down a different path. We spent years studying and testing and producing, crafting our fabrics from up the fiber to be flame retardant as default. The actual chemical structure of the fabric itself isn’t flammable: that’s what we mean when we say inherently fire retardant.
How to Wash Fire Retardant Fabrics
These intrinsic properties can’t ever be removed from the molecular structure of this fabric. Everything you buy from FR-One will stay fire retardant. . .permanently. Just how washable is your flame retardant upholstery anyway? What about caring with this indestructibly flame retardant cloth though? Surely that is going to be difficult? Well, among the most important variables when investing in flame retardant upholstery is knowing the manufacturer cleaning recommendations: we are likely to tell you ours. You have likely read that washing may destroy your flame retardant fabric’s protection, but rest assured: with our clothes this is not the situation. All FOR-One clothes are machine washable and the effectiveness of the fabric will not fade because of washing.
Interesting fact: FR-One fabrics
In the case of cotton/nylon blends for instance, washing the fabric with chlorine bleach will eliminate their flame-resistant possessions – that’s another reason we went for 100% polyester.
Interesting fact: FR-One fabrics use less water to wash, thanks to their lower water absorption rate and greater dehydration characteristics. Save energy and the planet, 1 fabric wash-load at one time! Safety, layout and choices With no good fire retardant eligibility, you may not meet safety standards, but a poorly-designed fabric may ask you to forfeit layout. Why choose between function and form when you can have both? FR-One fabrics are high quality, design-forward and both natural looking and feeling.