To protect areas of your home during a fire you can use a fire retardant spray. Any flammable material in a home or business can catch fire once a fire is going. However, a fire will not continue to burn if it runs out of oxygen or items that can sustain it like lampshades, carpet, curtains, paper, and wood. With fire retardant spray on the lampshade fabric, you can prevent the fire from spreading.
There is no such thing as a special fire retardant spray for lampshades. Rather, you will need to read the label to see which materials each fire retardant spray works on.
UK products vary in what they treat and how they are applied, but our fire retardant spray has been tested for health and safety standards. It has undergone a heat test after use on common household tissues.
Common Materials Fire Retardant Sprays Work On
The most common materials include:
- Natural fabrics
- Synthetic fabrics
- Untreated wood
- Foam rubber
- Cotton-backed draylon
- Mixed fibre products like cotton and polyester
A lampshade made of these materials treated with fire retardant spray will be protected against most fires. Fires do burn at different heat levels based on the accelerant or cause, thus testing indicates the most common heat levels.
Materials Not Treatable
Fire retardant sprays and treatment options are not going to cover all materials manmade or natural.
- Waxed cardboard
- Waterproof fabric
- Painted or varnished surfaces
- Rip-stop nylon
Most sprays to make fabrics fire retardant will harm metal causing discolouration. If some hits a metal surface it is best to wipe it clean immediately.
Applying the Fire Retardant Solution
To protect a lampshade or other surface, the material needs to be coated evenly and completely. The spray will soak into the surface ensuring it is safe.
Applying the solution requires a clean product that has been dried after wiping clean of any dust, pet fur, or other contaminants that would prevent the solution from adhering. After treatment the solution is unnoticeable. Products indicate the lampshade or other surface is protected for life, although will need reapplying if the surface is washed or becomes wet.
Use Safety Precautions
Use the solution only on surfaces it will cover. The product is harmless to your health; however, if it gets into your eye or on your skin it can cause irritation. For some with sensitive skin or allergies it could become harmful
Do not allow pets near the spray and lock them safely away from the area you are using to cover your lampshade. Fire retardant spray is a chemical and needs to be used with care to avoid any issues.