How long will a PROBAN® Garment remain Flame Retardant ?

PROBAN® Fabrics meets the minimum standards set out in EN 11612 [ 50 washes @ 75deg cent.) Each of PROBAN treated fabrics are independently tested to this standard and are certified by Rhodia Consumer Specialities Limited, the producers of the PROBAN® chemical, to maintain its Flame Retardant characteristic for 50 washes providing the correct laundry instructions are followed.However numerous independent test have shown PROBAN® treated garments still pass this flammability test after 100 to 150 washes. Coversely, garments can fail falammability test after just a few washes if they are not laundered correctly.

PROBAN® Durability

PROBAN® fabrics are manufactured not only to protect the wearer from fire, but to ensure they offer protection for the lifetime of the article. Part of the licensee agreement means fabrics are also tested for their wash durability.

When caring for your PROBAN® treated articles avoid using chlorine bleaches, strong oxidizing agents and detergents based on sodium silicate or metasilicate in hard water conditions.

How are PROBAN® treated fabrics affected by Flame ?

PROBAN® treated fabrics form a protective insulating char , when exposed to a flame, which stays in place and helps to protect the wearer. PROBAN® treated fabrics do not smoulder, have no afterglow, do not melt and the flame does not spread outside the charred area.

What is PROBAN® ?

PROBAN® is a quality controlled technological process that gives cotton and cotton rich woven and knitted textiles flame retardant properties that are durable to long term use. Flame Retardancy is acheived by the formation of a cross-linked inert polymer within the fibre. Since there is no chemical reaction with the fibre , woven and knitted fabrics retain the aesthetic properties and benefits of Natural cotton.


PROBAN® is a trademarked, quality controlled technological process based on specific chemicals developed by Solvay. 

G. D. International

Manufacturer of readymade garments, industrial workwear & specialists in PPE


Whether you are an end product manufacturer , institutional specifier or a health and safety manager, you want to be sure that you can depend on the protection you are offering.

All PROBAN® fabrics manufactured by Solvay's appointed licencees are tested at our UKAS ISO 17025 accredited facilities to ensure they meet the fire safety performance level specified for each foreseen end use area. PROBAN® workwear fabric is the only brand which provides regular and independent testing of Flame Retardant properties in combination with multiple washing and drying cycles, which stimulate actual industrial washing conditions.

The PROBAN® polymer has been included in the Oeko-Tex list of approved chemicals. Fabric suppliers can now have fabric tested by the Oekotex Standard 100 guaranteeing the textile does not contain any harmful substances detrimental to human health. They have also been independently tested for toxicity.

PROBAN® fabrics are Halogen free and contain no Antimony


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