1 / Can we wash surgical masks?
Surgical masks are single-use masks, that is, once used, they are disposable. In order to guarantee maximum effectiveness, it is advisable to change your mask every 4 hours, or to change it when it becomes wet, and to throw the used mask in the household waste bin. Although they are resistant to washing, the filter cloth can be damaged and the mask will therefore be much less effective. If you want to reuse your masks, we recommend that you invest in fabric masks. If you want, you can even make some yourself. They are washable and reusable several times!
2 / How to avoid fogging the glasses with the mask?
All spectacle wearers know what we are talking about; with the wearing of a mask now compulsory, it is difficult not to have the glasses full of fog with each exhalation! Here are some tips to help you deal with this sometimes very annoying problem. Fit your mask properly: If your mask fits properly on your face, the exhaled air will not go directly to your glasses. To do this, you can either tie a knot in the elastics to shorten them, or cross the elastics before putting them behind your ears. Buy a special nose clip for masks: Since wearing a mandatory mask, there are nose clips to be placed on the top of the mask; By holding the mask in place, the nose clip prevents mist from settling on your lenses. Buy an anti-fog product from the optician: At your optician in particular, you can buy special anti-fog sprays for your spectacle lenses. You just have to choose the option that suits you best! Some websites recommend solutions based on shaving foam or toothpaste; we strongly advise against this, over the long term your spectacle lenses could be severely damaged!
3 / Which mask to buy?
While the mask is still mandatory indoors, you may be wondering what are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of mask that you can find in stores, whether in supermarkets or in pharmacies. Here is something to enlighten you. The disposable surgical mask: The disposable mask is the most commonly used. Practical and economical, no need to worry about washing it. In addition, it is the least stuffy for hot days! The FFP2 mask: The FFP2 mask is more expensive and less pleasant. However, it protects much better than the surgical mask. It is also disposable. It is recommended for people at risk of covid-19. The fabric mask: The fabric mask is certainly the most economical since it is reusable. It is also more original; you will find colorful and patterned models in shops. If you know how to sew, you can even make one yourself!
4 / How to make a fabric mask?
With the wearing of the mask obligatory, many people are tempted to make their own mask. Indeed, surgical masks are a little too monotonous, and fabric masks sold on the market are generally quite expensive. To make your fabric mask, you will need the following materials: a tight mesh fabric, a pair of scissors, a needle, a ruler, a pencil, thread, pins, and two elastic cords of 20 inches in length each . Step 1: Cut a square of fabric 20cm apart. Step 2: On the internet (especially on the ARS website), you will find a pattern to make your mask. The folds are to be respected. With each fold made, pass an iron over it to hold it in place. Step 3: Sew where needed, and hem all the way around the mask. Step 4: Insert the rubber bands, and adjust them to your head size. And There you go ! Do not hesitate to have fun with the different colors and patterns on the fabrics!
5 / How to put on an ffp2 mask?
Equipped with a filter, FFP2 masks filter incoming and outgoing air; unlike conventional surgical masks, protection is a two-way street. This type of mask is recommended for people who are at risk of covid-19 in order to protect themselves as much as possible. Before putting on your FFP2 mask, we recommend that you disinfect your hands well using a hydro-alcoholic gel, or wash them with soap and water. To put on the mask, take the front in one hand, and put the rubber bands behind your ears with the other hand. It should cover the nose, mouth and chin.