Wear and care

Washing your mask.

Please wash your mask before wearing and after every use in hot soapy water. Your mask is handmade with two layers of 100% cotton, pre-washed and steam ironed before being packed. Although you can pop your mask into the washing machine we recommend hand washing after wearing it, hang up to dry and it's ready to be used again. 

Handling your mask.

Before putting on a mask, clean your hands well with soap and water. Cover the mouth and nose with your mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it and, if you do, wash your hands. Replace the mask when it is damp. To remove your mask, take it off using the elastic tags, without touching the front and directly into the washing machine or into a small container where you can wash it by hand.

Fitting your mask.

The elasticated straps are tied in a knot, simply retie to get the best fit. Push the wire edge over your nose to contour the mask to your face and create a snug fit with no gaps.  Once you have a good fit try not to touch your mask while wearing it.

Inserting filters.

Your mask has an opening to insert a third layer of non-woven material for added particle filtration and protection. Although cotton makes an effective face mask, research suggests that filters can be equally important but need to be replaced often.

HEPA vacuum filters have a high efficiency for filtering very small particles, including microscopic droplets responsible for the majority of respiratory virus transmission.  They are easily accessible but make sure they are made from polypropylene, not with fibreglass.

If you don't have vacuum filters you can use a folded paper towel, tissue or even a coffee filter. The trick is to find the right balance between breathability and good filtration. 

Here is a link to some more information about the effectiveness of various materials: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-diy-coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-covid/ 

Unite Against Covid-19.

Here is a link to the New Zealand Covid-19 website with detailed information about mask wearing at various alert levels:

https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/protect-yourself-and-others/wear-a-face-covering/