This discussion is in regards to one of the issues when down feathers are used in the cushions of upholstery. Although down is considered more luxurious and used in higher quality furniture these down feathers are considered a fire hazard. As a result, the cotton ticker that covers the down feathers are treated with a flame retardant. Fire retardants which are water soluble can tend to break down and deteriorate into a strong buffered acid that will have an impact on cellulose fibers like cotto...
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