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  • Writer's pictureAdam Sawyer

Achieving Fire Resistance in Art: Our Process and Services

Art is not just about beauty; it's also about safety, especially when it comes to installations in public or commercial spaces. Fire resistance is a crucial aspect to consider, ensuring that artworks meet safety standards without compromising their aesthetic appeal. At Fire Proofing Ltd, we specialize in providing fire retardant solutions tailored specifically for artists. Here's how we help artists achieve fire resistance for their art pieces using our fire retardant spraying services.

Initial Consultation and Requirements

Our process begins with a thorough consultation. Artists or their representatives contact us, providing images of the artworks and the location where they will be installed. Additionally, we ask for the specific fire standard that needs to be achieved. The two most commonly required standards are:

  1. BS 5852 Part 1 - This standard covers the fire resistance of furniture materials, focusing on cigarette and match ignition.

  2. BS 5867 Part 2 Type B - This standard pertains to textiles used for curtains, blinds, and drapes, ensuring they resist ignition and flame spread.

By understanding the environment and the necessary fire safety requirements, we can determine the best approach to treat the artwork effectively.

Quotation and Feasibility

Once we have all the necessary information, our team evaluates the feasibility of applying our fire retardant solutions to the artwork. We consider factors such as the material composition of the pieces, their size, and the specific fire standards they need to meet.

We do offer a free in-house testing service so that we can test the effectiveness and suitability of our treatments.

If we are confident that we can provide the required fire resistance without affecting the integrity or appearance of the artwork, we then provide a detailed quotation. This quote includes the costs of materials, labor, and any additional services that may be required.

Appointment and Treatment

After the quote is approved, we schedule an appointment for the treatment process. Artists have two options:

  1. On-site Treatment - For larger installations or fixed pieces, our team visits the site to apply the fire retardant spray. We use specialised equipment to ensure even coverage and optimal protection.

  2. Off-site Treatment - For smaller pieces or those that can be transported, artists can send their artworks to our facility.

Fire Retardant Application

Our fire retardant spraying process involves multiple steps to ensure thorough protection:

  1. Chemical Preparation - We inspect the art piece for thickness and absorption properties to mix the correct ratio of fire retardant and soaking agent for the project.

  2. Application - Using advanced spraying techniques, we apply the fire retardant evenly across the entire surface of the artwork. The solution is designed to penetrate the material and invisibly lock into the fabric.

  3. Drying and Curing - After application, the artwork is left to dry and cure. This ensures that the fire retardant bonds with the fabric and remains effective over time.

Case Studies

Case Study 1: Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 6SD

  • Background: An opium den art installation.

  • Challenge: All fabrics needed to be treated on-site before opening hours.

  • Solution: We arrived early before opening hours and treated all fabrics with fire retardant using protection where necessary so as to not affect the aesthetics.

  • Outcome: A BS 5867 Part 2 Type B fire retardant certificate was issued.

Opium Den art installation with fabrics treated to BS 5867 Part 2 Type B

Case Study 2: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

  • Background: Giant trousers and jumpers needed to be treated to BS 5852 Part 1 as they were going to be painted and displayed. 300 pieces of thick paper also used in the installation needed treatment.

  • Challenge: The fluorescent paint had to be tested to be sure the fire retardancy wouldn't be affected. The paper had to be tested to check it was unaffected when dry after treatment.

  • Solution: Samples were sent and tested in-house for suitability. Once we were sure of the results the items were sent to us for treatment and returned within a week.

  • Outcome: After completion a BS 5852 Part 1 certificate was issued.

Compliance and Certification

Once the treatment is complete, we provide a certification of compliance, giving artists and their clients peace of mind that the pieces are safe for installation.


Fire safety is a critical consideration for any artist looking to display their work in public or commercial spaces. At Fire Proofing Ltd, we are dedicated to helping artists achieve the necessary fire resistance without compromising on the beauty and integrity of their creations. Contact us today to learn more about our fire retardant spraying services and how we can help protect your artwork.

By following this process, artists can be confident that their pieces are not only beautiful but also safe and compliant with the highest fire safety standards.

Contact Us

For more information on our specialised treatment services for artists and how we can help preserve the beauty and safety of your installations, contact us today.



About the Author: Adam Sawyer

Adam is an industry expert with over 35 years of experience in textile care and fire retardant treatments. He is the founder of Fireproofing, a company specializing in fire retardant spraying and application services for curtains, fabrics, upholstery, wood, and more. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and safety, Adam has built lasting relationships with clients and established a reputation for excellence in the field. To learn more about Adam and Fireproofing, visit the About Us & Our Expert page on our website.



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