Monday, September 14, 2020

How to make your cloth mask more protective

Cloth Masks and You

Are you wearing a mask daily? If you work out of the home or go out to buy groceries, you deserve to feel comfy and protected at the same time. With our cloth masks, you get both. Needless to say, our customs/habits have been re-examined when it comes to protecting each other's health and well-being - particularly when it comes to wearing cloth masks.

As Christians, we love and respect life, and we want to take part in the slowing of the spread of COVID-19. Hence, here are some suggestions we found to help protect yourself and those around you.

From Stanford Medicine:

  • "Treat your mask like your toothbrush. Keep it in a plastic Ziploc bag when not in use. When you remove it, do so in a way that doesn't spread germs from the front of the mask to your face, and wash your hands after touching the mask."
  • Rubbing masks to charge them "with latex gloves for 30 seconds before use" can make some materials more effective. "Overall, charging masks can increase their efficiency by as much as 30%, and the effect can last for many hours."

(source: Stanford Medicine - News Center )

Wearing masks is one way we can protect those around us - along with following other guidelines from the health officials, such as physical/social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

How our masks are made:

We know you are curious about how our face masks are made. Here is a sneak peek at all the work that goes into them:

( Youtube )

  1. First, the beautiful artwork is proportioned for the mask and printed on special transfer paper.
  2. The printed image is transferred to the fabric.
  3. The mask is sewn together and includes 2 additional layers of fabric for 3 layers in total. As the artisan is sewing the back and filter layer, he adds a wire nose piece. This nose piece helps the mask fit perfectly for the best protection.
  4. Before the mask is packaged in a plastic bag, it is sterilized.

As you can see in the video, we have safety protocols in place for handling and continuous cleaning of the equipment.

Feel free to share this video! It's available on Youtube and our website.

How can you care for your mask?

To make sure your mask lasts as long as possible, we recommend washing by hand. If you want your mask's artwork to last the full 20 washes, please avoid using bleach. The best temperature for disinfecting cloth masks is 158 F (70 C) for about 30 minutes. This can be achieved by boiling it in water ( or you can even use a convection oven).

To see all the designs we have available please visit our website.

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