While many people have argued the effectiveness of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s clear that wearing a dirty mask won’t help anything. It’s important to take good care of your mask and taking care doesn’t have to be complicated.
For the best results, each person (over the age of 2) should have at least two masks so one can be washed while the other is worn. It’s a good idea to wash your mask daily. You can wash your mask in several ways:
- Throw it in the washing machine. A cloth face mask can be thrown directly into your washing machine. Choose the highest heat setting and use regular detergent. Avoid any fragrant fabric softeners or detergents that may make it difficult to breathe through later. Tumble dry low.
- Hand wash with soap. Choose a mild soap and hand wash your mask in hot water. Water should be at least 132.8 degrees. Scrub for at least 20 seconds but be careful not to wear any holes into the fabric.
- Boil it. Throw your mask into a large pot of water and boil it for several minutes. Stir occasionally and air dry or dry in a drying machine.
If you notice your mask wearing out, replace it quickly. If you’re looking to make your own mask at home, some studies have found the best fabric may be a simple T-shirt. Two layers works best to create a breathable but effective mask.
To ensure the most powerful sanitation, Prestige Cleaners is happy to clean your mask for a small fee.
Wearing a mask is meant to protect others from possible germs in your respiratory droplets so be kind, be safe and wear your mask!
Please note that Prestige Cleaners currently partners with Banner Health and Project C.U.R.E. To combat the nationwide shortage of hospital face masks and to ensure the safety and well-being of Covid-19 patients and ER doctors and nurses, we’re professionally cleaning and sanitizing new homemade masks before they’re given to Banner team members. If you’d like to donate a mask or other materials, drop offs are: Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at: 3908 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85251.