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Off-Site Services
 (in Firetect Warehouse)


Flame-Retarding Application and Certification

Cleaning and Water and Stain Resistance Application for

Theatrical Drapes, Wall & Window Coverings, Upholstery & MoreRepair Services

Firetect offers both on-site and off-site flame retardant application services. We are certified licensed applicators who provide flame and fire retardant application as well as cleaning and repair, and can also issue Certificates of Flame Resistance nationwide. So if you have an event coming up and need our services, this page will explain how the process works and how to fit our services into your plans.


Here’s how our off-site flame retardant applications work: Preferably before you have your fabric sewn, you can either drop ship the bolt of fabric to us for treating or request that we arrange to pick it up from your local fabric supplier. If the fabric has already been cut, we can still treat it, but we prefer to work with the fabric before it has been cut or sewn.


The flame retardant chemicals we use are water-based and have virtually no odor. If your fabric is made of natural fibers, there may be some shrinkage, but it is minimal and we haven’t had any complaints from customers, sewers or fabricators about our fire retardant applications.


In addition to offering both on-site and off-site flame retardant application services, plus cleaning and repair of drapery and other fabrics, we also offer 24 hour emergency services. Firetect is there when you need us! Contact us today for a quote on flame retardant applications or any of our other services.

  • What is the process when I would like to have Firetect flame-retard my fabric, wood, or other decorative material?
  • What if my fabric is already cut?
  • When is the best time for Firetect to apply their fire-retardant when application is done at the Firetect Warehouse?  (off-site application) (link to off-site application page)
    • Drop ship your bolt fabric to Firetect, or Firetect will arrange local pick-up from your fabric supplier.  Firetect will apply and certify the bolted fabric and send it back to your fabricator for sewing.
  • Does the fire-retardant cause a problem when sewing?
    • Firetect has never had a complaint from a sewer or fabricator.
  • Is there any smell?
    • No, there is virtually no smell.  Sometimes the wet fabric or drop cloths can create an odor, but will dissipate as it dries.
  • Will the flame-retardant cause staining, shrinkage or turn colors?
    • Our flame-retardant is water-based and will not do anything more than water would do.  If your fabrics are a natural fiber, there may be some shrinkage; however all of our customers are very happy with the service and outcome.  We cannot speak for all fabricated materials, however, we have never had an unsatisfied customer, nor has the flame-retardant ever caused issues with the fabric.
  • What is, “IFR” fabric?
    • IFR fabric is, “Inherently Flame Retardant Fabric”.  It is a synthetic fabric that has flame-retardant made into the solution as it is made.  IFR Fabric is supposed to last the, “lifetime of the fabric”.  Firetect has had to re-treat IFR fabric many times because it sustains a flame and it is flammable.
  • How long does it take and how soon in advance do we need to schedule the application?
    • Firetect works around your hours of operation.  Firetect offers emergency 24 hour service, (additional charges may apply).  The emergency 24 hour service phone number is 661/510-0255.  It is best to let Firetect know approximately when we will be receiving a job in order to provide the best possible service and meet time constraints.
  • Will Firetect be able to meet the fire codes for our event?
    • Yes, Firetect will be able to comply with all required fire codes for drapery, decorative fabrics, etc.  If the fabric is attached to the wall with glue or permanently affixed, different fire codes may apply.
  • What is a, “Certificate of Flame Resistance”?
    • A, “CA Certificate of Flame Resistance” is provided only by a trained Flame Retardant Applicator who is licensed and registered with the State Fire Marshal.  Flame-Retardants are a life and property safety measure.  When applied incorrectly and not in accordance to the appropriate fire codes, there can be devastating results.  Being a Licensed Certified Applicator who is properly trained adds credibility to the application and certification process.  Certified Applicators must follow certain regulations and laws of the California State Fire Marshal and has passed the required examination process.  Many jurisdictions in the United States accept California Certificate of Flame Resistance and follow the guidelines of the California State Fire Marshal.
  • Who is required to have a, “Certificate of Flame Resistance”? 
    • In any California commercial building that seats more than 10 people and contains decorative materials that can increase flame or fire must comply with flame retardant codes and the decorative materials must be certified and tagged.  A, “Certificate of Flame Resistance” must be accessible to the Fire Inspector.
  • What about states other than California?
    • All states need to comply with flame-retardant codes.  Many states follow California guidelines and also require a Certificate of Flame Resistance.
  • I want to apply the flame-retardant, can I just buy the product from you?

    • Yes, you can, as long as a, “Certificate of Flame Resistance” is not required and all safety guidelines and application directions are followed.  Please be aware that it may not work on ALL fabrics.
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