General processing notes and Warnings to ECOGARD flame-retardants.
General processing notes
ECOGARD® flame retardants are safe products.However, please always read and take heed of
work instructions, safety datasheet and warnings before using the product. Only impregnate materials that are completely dry and clean. You should always cover any other materials within range of the atomised spray. In particular,metals, plugs, electric and electronic devices, wood, stone and sensitive textiles and wall coverings can display a sensitive reaction towards moisture.
Residue matter from the flame retardant can cause the formation of rust or discolorations.
Carry out preliminary tests
There are some fabrics and floor coverings - in particular those made of synthetic fibres and mixes - where an adequate treatment with a flame retardant is not possible with current means.
Preliminary testing is therefore imperative.
Health and safety at work
ECOGARD® flame retardants are chemicals that are harmless to health and the environment.
However, please take heed of the following in the interest of health and safety at work in general:
- keep away from children
- keep away from foodstuffs, drinks and animal feed
- do not eat, drink or smoke when processing
- do not inhale atomised spray
- wear a respirator
- wear safety goggles
- avoid eye contact - rinse thoroughly with water if necessary - seek medical help if
- complaints persist
- wash hands, clothes and devices thoroughly after use
- take note of corrosion hazard with regard to iron and non-ferrous metals (cover them up)
- rinse out container thoroughly with water prior to disposal
- please read and comply with the safety datasheet.
ECOGARD® flame retardant products are generally friendly to the skin. However, allergic reactions cannot be completely ruled out. You should therefore avoid permanent skin contact with the product or the protected material. It is therefore not recommended to spray flame retardant on upholstery.
Ensure compliance with legalrequirements!
Please ensure compliance with the regulations of local authorities. Ask your local authority in good time about the applicable standards and required proof. In many case authorities require proof of professional impregnation by a specialised company such as certification.
Tüchler or ECOGARD® sales partners can provide this service for you.
Cigarette lighter test
The cigarette lighter test should only be carried out over non-flammable surfaces in wellventilated
rooms and only on separate material samples with a maximum size of 10 x 20 cm by properly instructed persons.
Caution after rinsing, washing or dry cleaning
ECOGARD® flame retardants are water-soluble. Rinsing and washing dissolves ECOGARD ® and
makes retreatment imperative. Flame retardance must be verified after every dry cleaning.
Limitations of flame retardant impregnation
Flame retardant products protect against small incipient fires caused by accident and carelessness. Materials with a flame retardant impregnation will fail in the event of large-scale fires, arson, and the use of accelerants such as petrol and must therefore be included in the fire load.
Side-effects and exclusion of liability
ECOGARD® products are designed for use on commonplace materials. The type of material can give rise to side-effects such as: impairment of fastness such as
- light fastness
- friction fastness etc.
- changes in colour tone
- reduction in tear resistance
- grip changes
- dimensional changes
- changes to dirt resistance
- scum marks through water droplets
- allergic reactions such as skin irritation
- flame retardant may drip from synthetic materials, especially acrylic fibres.
Complaints and claims on the basis of the above or similar occurrences are excluded regardless of the time of occurrence after impregnation.