Mask Care & Wearing
Please wash your mask before use.
Proper handling and washing are essential for this product to be effective. Please follow the guidelines set for by the Center for Disease Control, or other health authority in your area.
It's best to hand wash your mask to keep it lasting the longest, but it is machine washable. The metal nosepiece will get bent some in the laundry, but you can straighten out with your fingertips. Please note that some shrinkage after drying may occur as the fabric is not preshrunk. To avoid shrinkage air dry your mask.
The metal nosepiece is removable and replaceable on many of our masks, but not all of them. If you have a removable nosepiece, you can take it out before laundering for a longer-lasting mask. We also sell replacement nosepieces.
If you purchased a mask with ties, the bottom side may have a loop rather than loose ties. Put the mask around your neck like a bib with the nosepiece on the bottom, slide up and tie the loose ties on the back of your head.
If you wear your mask for long periods of time and it loops behind your ears you may experience ear fatigue from the elastic. We're seeing many clever solutions for this and have created our own "ear saver" from recycled copper. It's even stamped with a little Upper Peninsula silhouette. Find our ear saver here and save your aching ears today!
If you wear hearing aids, the elastic may not be the best choice as it can make the hearing aid pop out of your ear. An option if you already wear a hearing aid is to use one of our ear savers. In the event that we are sold out of them, you can also use monkeys in a barrel ;)
Our masks with cloth ties would be better for an individual with a hearing aid. If the individual may have trouble tying behind their head, a second best option is our masks with the adjustable elastic loop that can be re-tied.