Face Mask Washing Tips
Face masks have been an important part of Western medicine for hundreds of years. The benefits they offer cannot be underestimated. From improving air circulation, to soothing cuts and bruises, face masks have a lot of health benefits to offer. Here are just a few:
A facial cloth face mask is typically a thick mask designed to cover the nose and mouth, often with a waterproof liner. If physical distancing isn’t possible, and if other effective nasal-based molds are unavailable, then a cloth face mask will spread viruses and bacteria around the face. Viruses can easily enter the nasal cavity through a break or tear in the sealant, while bacteria can be spread from one person to another via the break in the sealant.
If a person has a cold or the flu, and they spend most of their day on their feet, then a face mask that covers the nose and mouth is extremely important. It stops the virus and bacteria spreading from one person to another. If a person is sneezing or coughing, it can prevent them from spreading the virus further by covering the airways. This can also keep other people from coming in contact with the sick person. A face mask will prevent many sick days from occurring.
Face masks typically have several layers. The inside of the mask has three layers – a plastic layer beneath the mesh, a clear plastic layer over the top, and another thin transparent layer beneath that. The topmost layer of the face mask has the three layers arranged in a triangle to form a seal. The innermost layer, which is transparent, has the clear plastic layer as the most effective way to provide the ventilation that is required by the user.
Face masks can be washed in just about any normal washing machine. You should only use a mild soap to avoid damaging the mesh. Any soap you use should not be scented or oily. Soap left on the mask can cause the outer plastic layer to peel off and become very visible through the clear inner lining of the face mask.
Face masks can also be washed in a washing machine. Be careful to only use a gentle cycle with the least amount of water as hot water or too much water can cause the plastic bag to tear or the mesh to become weak. The mesh should always be able to withstand the pressure of the wash nozzle. Face masks can be placed in the dryer on the highest setting with the plastic bag sitting on top. Face masks should be washed only in the circular or rinse cycle with no heat used to remove residue from the mask.