In the end the maintenance and cleaning of your firesuit and related safety equipment is your responsibility. The better you take care of it, the longer it will last and the better it will perform. Now isn't that exactly what we all want from our safety equipment?
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Ever Wonder How Fire-Retardant Cotton Fabrics Are Made?Check out the four step process for making Proban, the popular FR cotton found in many racing firesuits. It's actually a chemical treatment that takes place at the finishing stage of the manufacture of cotton and cotton-blended textiles. It involves chemical impregnation.
1.Special fire-retardant chemicals whose molecules are sufficiently small and linear to penetrate the internal areas of the cotton fiber are introduced to the fiber during the finishing stage of its manufacturing process. These molecules are so small that some chemical will even be present in the spaces between the fibers.
2. The fabric is then dried in order to remove excess moisture and to prepare it for curing.
3. The dried fabric is cured with ammonia gas. This causes the small molecules to cross link and form a polymer. The polymer is then physically trapped and fixed in the core of each fiber of the cotton or cotton blend.
4. A final oxidation and neutralisation treatment completes the polymer fixation and removes any residual by-products. The cotton fabric is now officially Proban FR cotton and ready to be made into a firesuit.