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  • Writer's pictureAdam Sawyer

Why Fire Retardant Spraying is Essential for Curtains

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

Introduction: The Importance of Fire Safety in the Home and Workplace

Fires can happen at any time and without warning, which is why it is essential to have proper fire safety measures in place. This includes protecting your curtains, which can easily catch fire and spread flames quickly throughout a room or building. By having your curtains treated with fire retardant spray, you can significantly reduce the risk of a fire and help keep yourself, your family, and your property safe.

The Dangers of Unprotected Curtains in a Fire

Curtains are frequently made of flammable materials like cotton, linen, or silk, which can easily ignite and spread flames throughout a room or structure. Curtains can serve as a source of fuel in a fire, providing oxygen to the flames and making the fire much more dangerous. This is why curtains should be treated with fire retardant spray to slow or prevent the spread of flames.

The Benefits of Fire Retardant Spraying for Curtains

Having your curtains treated with fire retardant spray has many benefits. Firstly, it can slow down or prevent the spread of flames, giving you more time to evacuate the building. Additionally, it can help to reduce the amount of smoke produced during a fire, which can make it easier for firefighters to locate the source of the fire and extinguish it. Fire retardant spray can also help to reduce the amount of damage caused by a fire, making it easier and less expensive to repair.

How Fire Retardant Spraying Works on Curtains

Fire retardant spray works by impregnating the material and releasing gas when exposed to a flame, which starves it of oxygen and extinguishes the fire, thus slowing down or preventing the spread of flames. The spray is applied to the curtains in a fine mist and, once dry, becomes part of the fabric. The chemicals used are non-toxic and, when applied correctly, do not affect the look, feel, or function of the curtains.

Fire Retardant Standards for Curtains in the UK

In the UK, standards are set by the UK government and are enforced by Building Control bodies, Fire Risk Assessors or whoever is responsible for fire safety. The most common standard is BS 5867 Part 2 Type B which specifies the performance requirements for curtains and drapes in relation to flame spread and falling droplets. This standard establishes a minimum level of fire safety for curtains in the UK for different hazard categories. By having your curtains treated with fire retardant, you can ensure that they meet these standards and provide the highest level of protection for your home or workplace.

Choosing a Professional Fire Retardant Spraying Service

When choosing a fire retardant spraying service company there are a few things to look out for:

  1. Good reputation: check for previous clients and testimonials. Check if they have a way of leaving reviews, good or bad.

  2. Examples of their treatments through videos using different fabrics, natural and synthetic.

  3. Certification: They should supply a certificate of treatment for BS 5867.

  4. Liability Insurance: In case of accidental damage or injury.

  5. Expert Knowledge: Ask them questions over the phone if necessary to establish if they have a good understanding of what you require.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance and Re-treatment

Fire retardant spray is not a permanent solution and over time the effectiveness of the treatment will decrease. It is recommended that curtains are re-treated every 5 years or 5 dry cleans. If the curtains are washed the fire retardant will be removed and they will need re-treating. Curtains should also be vacuumed to remove dust. This will help you maintain the highest level of safety for your home or workplace and give you peace of mind.

Conclusion: The Peace of Mind that Comes with Fire Retardant Sprayed Curtains

In conclusion, having your curtains treated with fire retardant spray is an essential step in ensuring the safety and protection of your home or workplace. It provides a barrier against the spread of flames, reduces flaming droplets, reduces smoke development and can help minimize damage in case of a fire. With the help of a professional fire retardant spraying service, you can ensure that your curtains meet or exceed the necessary standards. Regular maintenance and re-treatment will also ensure that your curtains remain protected for years to come. With fire retardant sprayed curtains, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have taken an important step in protecting your home or workplace against fire.

Contact Us

For more information about our fire retardant spraying services and how we can help you achieve compliance with BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standards, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized quotes for your curtain and drape fireproofing needs.

  1. Call us at 07970 522475 to speak with one of our experienced team members.

  2. Email us at for inquiries or to request a quote.

  3. Visit our website at for more information about our services.

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For a personalized quote, please fill out our "Get Your Quote" form available on our website. This will help us understand your requirements better and provide you with an accurate estimate for your project.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance with fireproofing your curtains and drapes in compliance with BS 5867 Part 2 Type B standards. Our team at Fireproofing is dedicated to ensuring the safety of public spaces through high-quality fire retardant services.


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 About Us & Our Expert.



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