What Can Firecheck™ be Used On?
Our tests have shown Firecheck™ can effectively limit fire damage and spread on many natural and synthetic materials; any item that can absorb it can be treated with it.
This includes fire retardation for:
- Foam Rubber
Does Firecheck™ Meet British Standards?
Firecheck™ has been tested by an independent laboratory. It was awarded a pass for the following standards:
- BS 5852: 1990 for both natural and synthetic fibres.
- BS 5867: part 2: 1980 on both natural and synthetic fibres.
Natural fibres include cotton, wool, and cotton backed draylon. Synthetic fibres include nylon and mixed fibres, including cotton/polyester blends.
For more information please view our test reports.
Are Standards Certificates Available?
Our test reports section has all the copies of lab reports you may need for your records.
How Can I Order Firecheck? How Much Does It Cost?
For prices and to order directly, please check here.
We also maintain a list of stockists.
How Does It Work?
Once Firecheck™ is absorbed into the material it forms an invisible barrier layer. This layer forms a carbonised shield under heat, deflecting a lot of the heat and making it harder for the treated material to catch.
Can I Treat Any Fabric with It?
Unfortunately, Firecheck™ cannot treat rip stop nylon. However, it can treat most naturel and synthetic fabrics.
As new fabrics are being developed, we advise that you test a small sample or inconspicuous area of these new fabrics before applying a full treatment.
Firecheck™ can be used to treat scenic flats for the stage before painting. Alternatively, if you're using powder or concentrated scenic paints, consider diluting them with Firecheck™ instead of with water.
Does Firecheck™ Work on Wood?
To treat wood, we recommend Timbercheck.
What Can't It Treat?
Waxed cardboard, plastics, waterproofed fabrics, and painted or varnished services will not absorb Firecheck™ and so the process does not work. We are familiar with several products which may solve your problem — please contact us for advice.
How Much is Needed?
Firecheck™ is an economical fluid. 1 litre will cover between 10 to 12 square metres. It is supplied ready for use and should not be diluted.
How Do I Apply the Treatment?
Make sure the article to be treated is clean and dry. We recommend using Firecheck™ in a well-ventilated area. Apply a fine mist of Firecheck™ to all exposed surfaces. You do not need to soak the item. Firecheck™ is colourless and odourless. Once the treated article is dried it is virtually unnoticeable and ready for immediate use.
You can print an instruction sheet here
Do You Have a COSSH Safety Sheet?
Our COSSH Safety Sheet is available here.
Does Firecheck™ Need to be Reapplied?
Firecheck™ will last naturally for the useful life of the treated article. However, if it is subjected to heavy use, including scrapes or other damage, or if it comes into contact with water, we recommend a further application.
Can I Store Leftover Firecheck™ for the Future?
Yes. Firecheck™ has a shelf life of several years. Store it upright and at temperatures of above zero. Shake gently if your Firecheck™ has not been used in six months.
What Can Timbercheck Treat?
Timbercheck has been proven to provide effective fire retardation for untreated, uncoated wood in tests. Coatings (paint, varnish, etc.) should be removed by sanding or stripping before treatment.
What Regulations Does Timbercheck Comply With?
Timbercheck has passed BS EN 13823 and BS EN 11925-2 Single Burning Item Euroclass B-s1-d0 (s1 Smoke Production — d0 Flaming Droplets), which is equivalent to the UK “Class O” Building Regulations.
Euroclass certifications have been formally incorporated into UK building regulations. Regulators in the UK are legally required to accept them in lieu of national test methods (though these are also accepted.)
Can I Print a Certificate?
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
How Do I Order Timbercheck and What Will it Cost?
For all ordering information, including prices, please check here.
How Does Timbercheck Work?
When you apply Firecheck™ to absorbent materials, it creates an invisible, fire retardant layer. The non-flammable properties of Timbercheck become part of the substrate, which works to restrict ignition, slowing the spread of flame and potentially restricting the area affected by the fire.
Timbercheck will not wash out from the surface of the substrate once dry and will not be converted into smoke when exposed to high temperatures. Any carbon char is restricted to the immediate area.
If treated material is exposed to temperatures of up to 1700 C it is subject to charcoal forming, which severely restricts the spread of flame.
Is Timbercheck an Intumescent Varnish?
No. Timbercheck does not require an additional protective finishing coat.
Can Timbercheck Treat All Types of Wood and Timber?
Wood moisture content should be 20% or less — typically the case for kiln-dried or seasoned wood. Timbercheck can treat all types of wood. We recommend testing a small sample or an inconspicuous area to establish absorption properties, variations to grain, texture, and possible colour change.
How Much Will I Need?
We recommend three coats. 270ml will give you a 3-coat coverage for approximately one square metre. Each coat should be applied with at least an hour apart.
- Our 1 Litre Trigger Spray covers 3.7 square metres
- Our 5 Litre Container covers 18.5 square metres
- Our 20 Litre Drum covers 74 square metres
- Our 100 Litre Drum covers 370 square meters
How Do I Apply Timbercheck?
The treatment is supplied ready for use. You can apply it with a brush, roller, or by spray. (A mask should be worn while spraying.) Timbercheck can also be applied through a dip or vacuum method, but the complete instructions should be read before beginning treatment. Printable Instruction Sheet
Is Timbercheck Corrosive?
Once dry, Timbercheck does not react with galvanized steel (zinc), stainless steel, brass, gun nails, or zinc coated screws.
Where Can I Find a COSSH Safety Data Sheet?
You can view and print the Timbercheck COSHH Safety Data Sheet here.
Will I Be Able to Detect the Treatment Once Applied?
Timbercheck is colorless and odorless. It should be practically undetectable.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Timbercheck's fire retardant properties are tested to NT 053 and NT 054 on a 20-year accelerated weathering cycle.
Can I Store the Product I Have Left for Use in the Future?
The product has a shelf life of several years. It should be stored upright and at temperatures above zero. If stored for more than six months, we recommend a gentle shake before application.