The first thing you should know about flame retardant fabrics is that there are two main types: Inherently or Chemically Treated.
Let’s take a look at inherently flame retardant fabrics. Before we get started, it’s important to note that no fabric is actually fireproof; given enough time, they will burn. That being said, there are some fabrics out there that resist fire more than others. For example, we all know that cotton burns easily and rapidly. However, fabrics like wool and Kevlar resist flames inherently because of the structure of the fiber. A tightly woven wool fabric will take longer to burn than cotton or linen.
Inherently flame retardant fabrics are excellent for use in your home, especially for things like curtains and drapes. (This is one way to protect your home and your family from not only fire, but chemically treated materials).
These flame retardant fabrics can also be used in tents, health care fabrics, drapes, tarps, military applications, awnings, banners, and signs.
Finding the right manufacturer for your flame retardant project/product is essential; especially when considering chemically treated flame retardant fabrics. That’s why Yulong Textile offers customers a variety of products that are not only flame retardant, but meets the National Fire Protection Association standards.
The NFPA is the world’s leading advocate of flame prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards.
So what are chemically treated flame retardant fabrics? Well, they are fabrics that have been coated with a flame resistant chemical.
Today, there are more than 175 different types of flame retardants, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). These types of chemicals are divided into classes including: brominated, chlorinated, phosphorus-containing, nitrogen-containing, and inorganic flame retardants. Flame retardant chemicals are also known as PBDE’s or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
Should you buy a treated fabric, remember, as you wash it and use it the chemical starts to wear down. Inherently fire retardant fabrics don’t suffer from this issue. You may also consider that adding a FR treatment to a fabric may void the manufacturers warranty.
So, when considering buying a flame retardant fabric, whether inherently or chemicially treated, remember to choose the right manufacturer – like Xinxiang Yulong Textile. – who understands the importance of quality and safety.