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How To Clean, Reuse Or Hack A Coronavirus Mask?

Views:258     Author:Site Editor     Publish Time: 2020-09-21      Origin:Site

Nowadays, masks have become our daily necessities. Various types of masks have different uses. In the face of the shortage of masks, understanding the knowledge points of cleaning masks can make masks reused and keep you and your family safe. 


How to clean homemade cloth face masks and the best material to make one


Before you ready to clean the homemade masks, you must know that the homemade are not wearing the mask to protect yourself, but to minimize the spread of virus particles to others.


Homemade masks are less effective at protecting the wearer because most have voids, or spaces near your nose and cheeks where the tiny droplets can be inhaled, and the pores in the fabric alone are generally not small enough to trap tiny aerosolized droplets.

To clean your mask, run it through the washing machine and dryer after use. The water doesn't necessarily needs to be hot but make sure to use a laundry detergent. 

If you don't have access to a washing machine, you can hand-wash using soap. Another option: Put the mask into a paper bag and leave it in a warm place for at least two days.  After that, the virus will become inactive and won’t be infectious.

The meaterial to make homemade masks are different, some materials make better masks than than others. According to a study published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparednesshomemade masks made from a kitchen towel proved to be the most effective at removing particles.

You should not clean an N95 mask at home. But you can reuse it with proper care. Here's how:

The genaral public is asked not to purchase N95 respirators due to shortages in the medical supply. But if you have one, they offer good protection. We can isolates the mask in a breathable location to clean this type mask. Never use cleaning products such as Lysol, alcohol or bleach. Liquid, including soap and water, can damage the mesh of electrically charged fibers designed to catch particles and droplets.


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Can you clean and reuse disposable surgical masks? 


Surgical masks are intended to protect the wearer’s face from large droplets and splashes of blood and other body fluids. Efficiency of surgical mask filters can range from less than 10% to nearly 90% depending on the manufacturer and the type of the mask. According to Clapp, surgical masks with ear loops (38.9% effective) performed worse than surgical masks with tie strings (71.5% effective.)


How to reuse: The best strategy is to isolate it for a week in a breathable container such as a paper bag. Putting masks in the plastic may lead to accumulation of moisture and development of bacteria. Surgical masks should not be washed, because liquid damages the filter.


Different types of masks have different use requirements and cleaning requirements, which is a very effective measure when the number of masks is limited. However, for mask manufacturers, stable production of masks can bring more choices and more security for the public.



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