When putting on a cloth face mask:
If you are wearing a particulate respirator, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires annual fit testing before you wear it in order to make sure it will work properly. The respirator should fit over your nose and under your chin. It is also important to conduct a seal test every time you wear a respirator. Your mask should come with instructions on how to conduct your own fit test in the situation that you need it before it can be officially tested.
Medical face masks are designed for one-time use, but due to shortages, experts are working on the best ways to disinfect masks for re-use. Using heat at 150 degrees Fahrenheit is a good way to disinfect your mask. Do not put your mask in the oven because it can melt the plastic fibers. It is suggested for medical professionals who have multiple masks to rotate their masks over several days to give the virus time to decay.
Most respirators should be disposed of after one use, but some are reusable. To clean your reusable respirator:
To clean a cloth mask, all you can put it in the washing machine, or you can wash it in the sink using regular laundry soap. To dry them, you can use your dryer or air dry. They can even be ironed. Avoid using chemicals like bleach and hydrogen peroxide, which damage the fabric. Wash your mask routinely.
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