Wearing & Caring for Your Masks
Wearing Your Mask
A recent New York Times article offers the following suggestions about the best way to wear a cloth mask.
"Wear your mask so it comes all the way up, close to the bridge of your nose, and all the way down under your chin. Do your best to tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face, without gaps." Noting that masks don't offer a great deal of protection on their own, but are best combined with hand-washing and social distancing, the article went on to suggest:
- Always wash your hands before and after wearing a mask.
- Use the ties or loops to put your mask on and pull it off.
- Don’t touch the front of the mask when you take it off.
- For apartment dwellers, put the mask on and remove it while inside your home. Elevators and stairwells can be high-contamination areas.
- Wash and dry your cloth mask daily and keep it in a clean, dry place.
- Don’t have a false sense of security.
Getting the Filter In and Out of the Mask
Here are some photos that illustrate how the filter can be removed and replaced from the pocket of the mask. Note that the silver-gray side of the filter should end up facing away from your face.
Washing and Drying the Mask
Our 100% cotton masks are washable (with the filter removed) and reusable and we recommend you wash and dry them daily if you're using them regularly. The filter that comes with your mask should be replaced after 48-72 hours of wear. Filters like these are available in a number of online stores when you're ready for a replacement.
To sanitize your mask, set your washing machine for a high-heat setting, then tumble dry on high heat, as well. Because these items have been pre-washed, you should not experience a great deal of shrinkage.