If you are going to place fabric in a public place (including schools, hotels, and convention centers, to name just a few), you must comply with government regulations about flammability. These regulations vary by state. For example, California's is covered by Technical Bulletin 133. In order to comply with those regulations, there are a couple of options to consider. One is to treat your fabrics with a fire retardant.
At Decorators Express, we offer a fire retardant that is a non-toxic, chemical combination. It will thoroughly cover the external and internal fibers of the fabric. It works to lessen the ability of the fabric to catch fire by reducing the likelihood it will ignite and making it burn slowly. It doesn't make the fabric fireproof, but it does ensure that it will be less likely to catch fire and won't spread fire as quickly.
Not every type of fabric can be treated with a fire retardant. In fact, the chemicals work best on linen, cotton, wool, and other natural fibers. Polyester and rayon can also be treated. Acetate, nylon, acrylic, and some other synthetic fibers cannot be treated with the retardant. It is important to take these limitations into consideration when you select fabrics for a public location.
At Decorators Express, we work to make sure that treating your fabrics with fire retardant chemicals does not impact either the look or feel of your fabric.