Understanding Fire Retardant Treatments: A Guide for Domestic and Contract Fabrics

Understanding Fire Retardant Treatments: A Guide for Domestic and Contract Fabrics


When it comes to home décor, safety is paramount. Whether you're sprucing up your living room with new curtains or considering upholstery for a commercial space, understanding the importance of fire retardant treatments is crucial. In this blog post, we'll delve into the requirements and considerations for fire retardant-treated fabrics in both domestic and contract settings.

Domestic Curtains:

In a domestic setting, there are currently no strict requirements for fire retardant treatments on curtains. However, for those seeking an extra layer of peace of mind, curtains can be treated in compliance with BS5867:Part2:Type B. This standard ensures that the fabric meets specific fire safety regulations, providing an added layer of protection for your home.

Contract Curtains:

In public spaces, the standards become more stringent. Curtains used in these areas must pass BS5867:Part2:Type B, a rigorous test that very few fabric compositions would naturally pass without treatment. Fabrics undergo a soaking process during fire retardant treatment to maintain their drape while meeting the required safety standards.

Domestic Upholstery:

Fabrics used in domestic upholstery must comply with fire retardant regulations, unless the piece of furniture predates January 1st, 1950. Fabrics that pass the cigarette test can then undergo treatment to meet match test compliance for domestic upholstery. Alternatively, fabrics with at least 75% natural fibers can be used with a schedule 3 interliner (FR Barrier Cloth) to achieve the necessary compliance.

Contract Upholstery:

For fabrics entering commercial environments, fire retardant treatment is a must. Fabrics are treated to the BS5852:Part 2:Source 5 standard, also known as Crib 5, ensuring they meet the stringent safety requirements for contract upholstery. During this treatment, fabrics are back-coated with force, providing the stiffness necessary for upholstery applications.

Care Considerations:

It's essential to note that fabrics treated with fire retardants can only be dry cleaned, as washing with water would completely remove their flame retardant properties. This care detail is crucial for maintaining the longevity of the treated fabrics and ensuring ongoing fire safety.

Our Offerings:

We're excited to introduce fire retardant options in our range of fabrics. Explore our Printed Upholstery range, https://www.the-millshop-online.co.uk/collections/printed-upholstery-fabrics now available with FR Upholstery treatment, and our Plain Printed Curtain Fabrics https://www.the-millshop-online.co.uk/collections/printed-fabric featuring FR Contract Curtain options. Visit our website to discover a variety of designs that marry style with safety.


Incorporating fire retardant treatments into your fabric choices adds an extra layer of protection and peace of mind. Whether you're enhancing your home or outfitting a commercial space, understanding the specific requirements for domestic and contract settings ensures you make informed choices for both style and safety.