Mask Care

Mask Composition
My masks are reusable, washable, full coverage, reversible and comfortable...designed for long term wear.  Each mask consists of:

- 3 layers: 2 layers of cotton fabric (may vary from picture) and one layer of filter material.

- The filter fits in the pocket between the two cotton layers and is removable and also can be replaced. 

- The mask is secured with soft elastic around the ears, so there is no ear irritation or mask slipping. The mask may also be secured around your entire head with extended elastic.

Lining may be black, white or a coordinating color with color-coordinating stitching detail

- The fit is easily adjusted to suit your unique face shape.

These masks should be gently hand-washed and air dried. Remember to remove the filter before laundering. All masks were created in a smoke free and pet free environment.

These masks are good for travel, crowds, smog, second-hand smoke, dust, other irritants and allergens.

Mask Sanitization 

Your cotton mask should be hand-washed in warm water with mild soap after every outing. If for any reason you cannot do so, store the mask in a paper bag. Paper bags are breathable and allow for the mask to be stored away from other items while bacteria has time to die off naturally. Removing the filter while storing your mask in the bag is an option.

Filters

About POLY filters:

The material used to make POLY filters have similar characteristics to N95 masks.

Properties of POLY filters:

  • POLY filters are made of non-porous polypropylene
  • Like other synthetic fibers – nylon, acrylic and polyester – polypropylene fibers are not attacked by bacteria or micro-organisms; they are also moth-proof and rot-proof and are inherently resistant to the growth of mildew and mold.
  • Recyclable and ecologically friendly.
  • Because of their extremely low water absorption, polypropylene fibers resist water-borne stains better than any other fibers. And since the fiber does not accumulate static though friction during use, it does not attract as much dirt or dust as other man-made fibers.

 

About HEPA filters:

The material used to make HEPA filters have similar characteristics to N95 masks.

Properties of HEPA filters:

  • Remove 99.7% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns which pass through them
  • Are made of a mat of randomly-arranged melt-blown fibers
  • Trap contaminants through diffusion, interception, and impaction

HEPA fabric is considered to be one of the best choices of material to use for any removable filter for a mask.

About Activated Carbon Filters:

The material used to make Activated Carbon filters have similar characteristics to PM 2.5 filters. The Activated Carbon fabric works with the cotton layers to help trap indoor and outdoor pollutants.

Properties of Activated Carbon Filters:

  • Anti-Virus, Anti-Dust, Anti-Pollen, Micro-Particle Barrier
  • Non-Disposable/ Washable (Reusable)
  • Reactivated by direct sunlight
  • Trap contaminants through diffusion, interception, and impaction

Activated Carbon fabric is considered to be one of the best choices of material to use for any removable filter for a mask.

Reusing Filters

About reusing POLY Filters: POLY (polypropylene) Fabric is reusable and washable. If you plan to reuse a POLY Filter follow these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands before and after putting in the filter or adjusting it. Or use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching inside of your mask unless your hands are sanitized.
  • Remove your filter from your mask before washing the filter.
  • Wipe down or wash your filter with mild detergent (soap) and rinse clean in cold/ warm water.
  • When not using the filter, store in a breathable bag. Paper bags work for this.
  • Filters may be reused and typically last though 30+ washes.
  • Filters may be replaced at the user's discretion.

About reusing HEPA Filters: HEPA Fabric, like an N95 respirator, is supposed to be disposable.  However, even the CDC acknowledges that they may have to be reused when in short supply.  If you plan to reuse a HEPA Filter follow these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands before and after putting in the filter or adjusting it. Or use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching inside of your mask unless your hands are sanitized.
  • Don’t try to disinfect filters. Disinfectants like alcohol and bleach can damage the HEPA Filter’s structural integrity.
  • When not using the filter, store in a breathable bag. Paper bags work for this.
  • Have enough filters for at least 4 days. Some viruses can live on surfaces for 3 days. If you have enough filters for 4 days, then you can cycle through filters.  For example, if you go out once a day, over 4 days, you’ll want to have 4 filters so you have enough for each outing over 4 days.
  • Set your filter aside to aide in cleaning. Remember the filter will still have to be set aside for at least 3 days so any viruses on it have time to die off.
About reusing Activated Carbon Filters: These filters are designed to be reused. Activated Carbon fabric is known to have anti-odor and anti-microbial properties. Remember to:
  • Wash your hands before and after putting in the filter or adjusting it. Or use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching inside of your mask unless your hands are sanitized.
  • Don’t try to disinfect filters. Disinfectants like alcohol and bleach can damage the Activated Carbon Filter’s structural integrity.
  • When not using the filter, wash or store in a breathable bag. Paper bags work for this.
  • Hand wash the Activated Carbon filter with warm water and sodium bicarbonate only. Soap or any other detergent will degrade the filter. 
  • If not doing a recommended wash, the filter will still have to be set aside for at least 3 days so any viruses on it have time to die off. 

PLEASE NOTE: Masks from The Mask Project  are for personal use. A mask from The Mask Project is not a replacement for medical grade Personal Protective Equipment. These masks are not certified medical devices and do not claim to be capable of countering the Corona virus or CoVid-19. Please follow the guidelines/ directions from the WHO, your National and Local Public Health Department(s). Remember...a well made mask is better than no mask. Please stay safe everyone!