Putting Your Mask On
- Wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds.
- Place the mask on your face with the exterior side facing out. Try to use the ties and avoid touching the the mask.
- If the mask has a tie, place the head loop above your ears, and pull to tighten from below the mask.
- Tie the lower ties behind your head with a slip knot or bow. Kids masks have a safety fastener. Adjust as needed.
- Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth and the bottom edge is under your chin
- Wash your hands.
While Wearing Your Mask
- Avoid touching your face even when the mask is in place. Adjustments should be made using the ties or cord.
- Every time you do touch the mask for any reason, wash your hands before and after.
Removing Your Mask
- Wash your hands before removing the mask.
- If possible, avoid touching the mask. Assume it is contaminated.
- Untie or remove the head or ear loops and remove the mask by the straps.
- Place the mask in a bag or breathable container.
- Wash your hands.
Mask Care & Cleaning
- Place used mask in a pillowcase or laundry bag. If your mask has toggles, you can remove them to extend their life if you are machine drying (this is optional).
- Wash silk lined masks by hand or in laundry bag in machine on gentle cycle. Air dry.
- Machine or hand wash 100% cotton masks with warm water and dry on medium heat, or air dry for 2 days (or outdoors in sunlight 1 day). Machine dried masks may look best after a quick press. Please be careful not to overheat your nose-wires while pressing. They are nylon coated and will melt.
Note: We recommend washing your fabric mask by hand. This not only extends the life of your mask, it also ensures that a mask will always be ready to go the next day.
Demo on Changing the Ties
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