Why wear our COVID19 washable barrier masks?

Want to protect yourself effectively against VIDOC19? Discover the characteristics of the different masks to understand which one you should wear.
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Why choose a washable fabric splash mask?

You don't know which type of mask to choose and would like to know more about their different features? We'll explain how to determine which masks you need, how to use them and how to maintain them.

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Who can wear our COVID19 washable fabric masks?

Our fabric barrier masks are suitable for people not caring for COVID19 patients. They are intended for those who must continue to work to meet the needs of the population during the COVID19 health crisis and who are in regular contact with the public:

  • Health care personnel who do not care for patients with VIDOC19 : private physicians, pharmacists, nurses, orderlies, ambulance attendants, etc.
  • The forces of law and order: police, gendarmes, military, security guards, etc.
  • Workers in the food sector: supermarket and petrol station employees, shopkeepers, etc.
  • People working in the transport sector: lorry drivers, delivery drivers, postal workers, etc.
  • The personnel of companies and industries who have to travel to their place of work: agricultural employees, craftsmen, order-pickers, etc.

What are the properties of our fabric masks?

The materials used to manufacture our fabric barrier masks have been positively evaluated by the DGA according to 2 criteria: air permeability and filtration. We use several layers of fabric to ensure optimal protection.

Despite the urgency and importance of the health crisis, we must not forget the current ecological challenges. This is why we have chosen to make washable and therefore reusable fabric masks. In order to use and maintain your masks properly, please make sure to follow the recommendations for use.

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Category 1 masks

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Category 2 masks

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How to use our fabric masks?

To benefit from the protection of a mask, you must handle it according to precise gestures and by following strict hygiene rules. Here is the procedure to follow according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • First of all, wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Position your mask so that it completely covers your nose and mouth. Adjust it as best as possible for comfort and stability.
  • While wearing the mask, do not touch it. Do not put it down to interact with anyone or to eat. It will not be effective.
  • When your mask starts to get wet, it's time to change it. Remove it by its elastics without touching the protective part.
  • Store it in an airtight box until you can clean it.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly again before putting on a clean one.
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Wearing a protective mask must not call into question the barrier gestures recommended by the health authorities. You must continue to :
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or a hydroalcoholic solution if you are away from home.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Observe the social safety distance of 1 meter.
  • Salute without shaking hands, avoid hugs.

Why are there different types of masks?

People with the COVID19 viral infection wear a surgical mask to stop their projections. Caregivers in direct contact with the coronavirus wear an FFP2 personal protective mask. Fabric barrier masks are intended for people who are in regular contact with a public presumed not to have COVID19.

The properties of each type of mask are different. Depending on your status and your exposure to the virus, you must use the right equipment. Here is all the information you need to understand their characteristics and application.

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The surgical mask

It is effective against the projection of potentially contaminated droplets. It traps pathogenic microorganisms from the wearer and prevents them from spreading in the immediate environment.

Since it acts in the direction of expiration, i.e. from the inside out, it can therefore be worn profitably by COVID19 patients but also by healthcare personnel likely to be affected by the virus.

Look out! This type of mask does not protect healthy people from COVID19. Wearing it when you are in contact with a contaminated person is not effective. It is therefore not necessary to use them if you are not sick or are not likely to get sick. It is best to leave them with patients and healthcare professionals first.

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The FFP2 personal protective mask

Essential for those caring for COVID19 patients, this mask effectively protects the wearer against infectious agents of approximately 0.6 micrometers, which it filters out at 94%. It prevents droplet and airborne transmission but has two drawbacks: it is uncomfortable and makes breathing difficult.

Acting in the direction of inspiration, from the outside in, this mask is strictly reserved for doctors, nurses and other health professionals in direct contact with VIDOC19.

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The anti-projection fabric mask

Combined with barrier gestures, fabric barrier masks provide additional protection for the people who wear them. They are intended for professionals working in a context that requires them to interact with other people on a frequent basis.

Cloth masks are not appropriate for caring for people with VIDOC19. 19 They are useful in the fight against contamination of particularly exposed individuals such as shopkeepers, police officers or supermarket employees.

For maximum efficiency when wearing the fabric mask, it is recommended that you keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from the surrounding area. Below this distance, there is a real risk of coming into contact with contaminated droplets from sneezing or violent coughing, especially if the air has a low humidity level.

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Can used masks be reused?

Disposable masks cannot be reused under any circumstances. To do so would nullify the precautions taken.

Washable fabric masks can be reused several times after washing that meets different hygiene criteria: it must be carried out at a minimum temperature of 60°C and for at least 30 minutes. You can use a conventional detergent. The addition of fabric softener is not recommended. Microwave cleaning is not recommended.

On the other hand, the Afnor recommends a complete drying or even over-drying of the masks with a tumble-dryer or hair-dryer within a maximum period of 2 hours after washing. They should not be left to dry in the open air. It is also important to iron the fabric masks at a temperature between 120 and 130°C.

After each wash, a visual inspection of the masks must be carried out. For this purpose, gloves must be worn on hands that have been washed with soap and water. A barrier mask must be discarded at the slightest observed damage: fitting problem, deformation, wear, tear, etc.

Only the strict observance of these instructions guarantees the effectiveness of fabric splash guards and therefore allows their reuse.