As per the directions conveyed by the health department and CDC, the residents of the United States are asked to wear protective face-cloth masks at all times both outside and inside. According to research, face cloth masks don’t offer a great deal of protection against Co-vid19 bacterium; and as a matter of fact, they are nothing.
But even though the residents maintaining social distancing don’t need custom sublimated face masks because they are not supposed to leave the comfort of their homes other than going out for emergencies, shopping for the essentials, etc.
There is a possibility that due to the shortage of medical masks, they will be using cloth face masks on a regular basis. Which are primarily the reasons why they would need to wash them on a regular basis? But before we go into any detail, please understand that these washing methods are ideal for eliminating bacteria and viruses on masks made out of fabric.
If you are using hand-made face cloth masks at home and during your traveling, these washing tips and tricks are for you, but if you are some that are using medicated face masks, it is best that you stop reading from this point.
According to the researchers and scientists working in the medical field, surgical face masks are designed from loose cloth that tends to survive a couple of months but can be damaged massively due to some of the agents and properties you consume at home.
When washing your face cloth masks, you need to be extremely careful with the properties because you can permanently damage the fabric, make it less efficient against all the viruses and organisms carrying CoVid19. But if you make the process right, you can easily clean the masks and keep yourself well protected against the virus.
Boiling can help you eliminate bacteria and virus from your face masks
One of the most efficient ways to clean up your cloth face mask is to clean it properly in the boiling water for at least ten minutes. The disappointing aspect, however, is that the fabric of the mask once boiled a few times may completely tamper the breathability, and may provide no protection.
According to the scientists conducting research in the University of North Carolina, cloth-face masks are the need of the hour. Anyone can make them easily, they provide limited protection, they have a limited shelf-life and fall apart in the same-way a bed sheet does when it is washed and dried for a number of times.
To ensure that your masks are working properly after killing the bacteria and germs in the boiling water, take a good look of your mask and see if all the edges, the fabric, and the straps are in working conditions, the fabric is not damaged or faded, etc.
When your mask is boiling in the water, keep an observant eye, and monitor it vaguely by looking it through a bright light to see if the fabric is intact and functioning properly. The worst part about viruses is that they can transform easily into any piece of fabric.
The best practice is not boiling it more than 10 times and uses another face cloth mask if you have boiled it to its maximum limit.
You can machine wash your face cloth masks too
Throwing your face masks in the washing machine with other clothes in a hot-water is another effective way to clean them with ease. Think of your face masks like dish wash soap. Just as the hand soap eliminates germs and bacteria from the outside, the face masks also clean the outer areas neatly, giving your mask a fresh, clean look.
When washing the masks in a machine, pay close attention to the water temperature. Hot water is best suited for eliminating germs as compared to the cold water and does not really provide an extra layer of protection that hot water does.
We sincerely hope that you enjoyed all the tips and tricks for washing your face-masks effectively. As the virus is steadily approaching in various countries and cities, stay indoors, maintain distance, don’t forget to sanitize your hands, and wear face masks at all times.