Vogmask, the Pandemic & Washing your mask
ROLE OF MASKS IN GLOBAL HEALTH
VOGMASK is a simple, non invasive way to protect respiratory health and an essential tool to advocate for your own wellness. As we are exposed to an increasing number of environmental pollutants every day; masks provide immediate protection of your health.
VALVED VOGMASKS with the round disk on the side of the mask, the Exhale Valve(V), protect the wearer of the mask from inhaling airborne microscopic particles. The two filters, carbon and particle, are the same size as the mask, sewn into the middle layers, not replaceable, but marked Reusable. These masks provide excellent protection for the mask wearer from contaminants entering the respiratory system. Some of the moisture, heat and your exhale exits through the exhale valve unfiltered on vented masks.
Many regions are recommending face coverings so that people who are asymptomatic do not exhale their germs into the commmunity. NON-VALVED VOGMASKS help to protect the mask wearer and help to protect the community from exhaled droplets of the mask wearer, filtering inflow and outflow.
Vogmask's 95% conforming filter class tested for viral and bacterial filtering efficiency at >99.9% in our annual audit testing conducted by Nelson Labs. Other tests including Particle Filtering Efficiency, Inhalation and Exhalaltion Resistance, and Total Valve Leakage.
Full testing and conformance can be found here:
If the exhale valve is deemed a concern, securely seal with tape from the inside.
You are advised to wash your hands before and after you take off the mask.
A mask cannot be the sole preventive measure, other factors like personal hygiene, good hand washing practices, social distancing etc must be observed. If in doubt please consult your doctor or health practitioner.
HOW DO I KEEP MY VOGMASK CLEAN?
This is a common question asked in light of the coronavirus pandemic. To put things into perspective, a mask is not a special "germ magnet". It is not the only part that gets exposed to viral particles and germs - your hands, bags, shoes, outerwear, metro/mrt cards and mobile phone are probably more biologically contaminated. These are constantly in contact with foreign objects or your hands, whereas no one consciously brushing his masked faced against any foreign objects. Therefore, we stress that you must avoid touching your face, even when masked. You are advised to wash your hands before and after you take off the mask.
VOGMASK CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS: For a daily refresh, we recommend the use of Alcohol >61% wipes or spray on outer surfaces eg. Isopropyl Alcohol. Take care not to oversaturate. A spot test is recommended. Avoid Plant-based or new-age "green" disinfectants made from plant bio-products, oils or acids and wipes with added moisturisers. These are not recommended as they may cause fabric dyes to bleed and clog filter media.
Exposure to sunlight is acceptable. Effect of UV light sterilisers or microwave is unknown because we have not tested effect on filter media, and thus not recommended
Vogmasks are surface washable. Do not soak or immerse. Handwash quickly by rinsing outer and inner layer with water eg. under a running tap. If preferred, add a drop of liquid soap and gently rub around inner and outer layer. Rinse again. Have a dry towel on standby to soak up excess water. Hang to fully dry before storage in a cool, dry place.
The valve is permanently attached to the mask. Do not detach for washing. Rinsing the valve is sufficient enough to clear it of microscopic dust and particles.
You need not wash the mask frequently. It is recommended to wash the Vogmask once a month to avoid over-washing. The daily refresh or wipe down method is suggested to preserve filter efficiency and avoid wear and tear. Overwashing may eventually affect integrity of filter media sewn into middle layers of the mask.
Wash the mask only when you wish to clean the outer and inner layer. Washing the mask does not clear the filter media of microscopic particles. For maximum cleanliness, respirator users should wash their hands before putting on a respirator and after taking one off.