Safe+Mate Face Mask Information:
- Contoured fabric panel to wrap around the nose bridge
- Paneled under-chin support for comfortable non-binding feel
- Elastic back strap for relief of tension around ears
- Washable & Reusable
What is the back elastic strap for?
It is to relieve pressure on the back of the ear. Most common masks use elastic earloops while this one has an intuitive elastic back strap which saves your ears after long extended usage. The strap can also be used to securely hang the mask around your neck so when you remove the mask to eat or drink, you don’t have to worry about it falling off.
Why does the mask look bigger than other masks?
This specific mask is designated to keep you from touching your face. When there is less of your face exposed, you are less likely to touch it.
What is the fabric made from?
The cotton is made from 60/40 Organic Cotton & Polyester blended fabric. The cotton-poly blend helps the mask retain its shape wash after wash. The blend also helps retain its color.
How many times can I wear this mask?
As long as you wash it in the right detergents, you should be able to wear the mask over and over again after it is dry. We guarantee no change in form or fit for 30 washes minimum if the Tips for Care below are followed.
Why do I need a face mask?
Please view this link from the CDC advising us to wear face coverings in public places.
TIPS FOR CARE
Tips for Effectively Caring for your Face Masks
Wearing a cloth face mask is part of our new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon, and the novel coronavirus is likely to still be around as we slowly start moving out of quarantine and heading back to work. Because of this, we need to wear as many layers of protection as we can. Staying home, social distancing, and handwashing are still our best bets to slow down the spread of coronavirus, but it never hurts to be extra-safe. And since the virus most commonly enters through our eyes, noses, and mouths, a reusable cloth mask is probably going to be part of our everyday lives for the foreseeable future.
Wearing a cloth mask, however, is only part of the equation. If we want to protect ourselves and other people from the coronavirus, we need to make sure that the masks we use are consistently sterilized. Here are a few tips on how to make sure your cloth masks are completely virus-free. Please see this link from the CDC advising keeping clothing clean including cloth masks.
Keep a Three-Day Supply, Minimum
Even if you do any of the above three methods, there’s no guarantee that you’ll do them perfectly. That’s why it’s important to avoid using the same mask on back-to-back days, if possible. Scientists have found that the coronavirus can survive on fabric for up to 2 days (reference). That means that you need to wait about 2 days after washing before you can be sure that the virus is gone. Having at least three cloth masks at home can help you guarantee that you’ll have a fully disinfected mask to use for each day of the week.
Store Your Masks Separately
The best way to make sure your masks stay disinfected for the next time you use them is to keep them in sterile containers. Any airtight container will do, as long as you keep only one mask inside. This way, there’s no chance of the virus spreading from a freshly washed mask onto one that’s been sitting for two days. As the world adjusts to the new normal, you’ll be relying more and more on the added protection your face mask provides. Proper disinfection and maintenance of your mask needs to be a part of your daily routine if you want to help #FlattenTheCurve. Follow the tips above, and stay safe.
Use Cold Water in Your Washing Machine
If you have only limited access to masks, you can simply use good old detergent and cold water to disinfect your face mask. Laundry detergent can kill coronavirus in the same way soap does (reference).