What Factors to Consider Before Buying a Reusable Face Mask - The Orange Room

What Factors to Consider Before Buying a Reusable Face Mask

October 16, 2020

Reusable Face Mask - Made in Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in our everyday lives and face coverings are just one of them. They are now mandatory in most indoor spaces and you cannot leave your house without one.

If you are considering buying a reusable face mask, there are a few things you need to know so that your mask is effective and provides you with the protection you are after. The following tips will ensure you wear and use a reusable face mask properly:

Invest in good quality
Top-quality materials will make a world of difference and layered fabric is ideal. Reusable face masks should have at least two layers of high thread count woven prewashed fabric so that they are durable, effective, and fit snugly to successfully cover your nose and mouth. Knit fabrics should not be used as they stretch allowing. Most importantly buy your mask from a reputable source who can provide you with the best quality.

Do not follow instructions from unreliable sources
A common tip you may have heard is that putting your mask in the microwave with water can sterilize it, but this is not true. In addition to the fact that this will not kill any of the germs, it could also be a fire hazard, so make sure to get your information from reliable and trustworthy sources. Washing your mask with detergent and water and allowing it to dry will kill the germs, so wash your cloth mask in the washing machine or hand wash it using soap and warm water. Always let it dry completely before using your mask again. Make sure the maker has prewashed and shrunk the fabric, so it doesn’t shrink after you wash it. Always let it dry completely before using your mask again

Do not use single-use masks more than once
This is not recommended because the mask will be ineffective and will not be able to offer you any protection. Masks should never be wet or damp because this, too, will cause them to lose their effect. If your mask happens to get wet or damp, you should remove it immediately and avoid touching the front of the mask. If you do not have another mask, you can wear it again after it has dried completely, although this is not recommended because it will not have the same protection.

Never wear a damp mask
This is true regardless of whether you have a single-use or reusable mask because they can become contaminated and may lose their effectiveness. Wet, damaged, dirty, or damp masks must always be avoided. Health officials recommend that reusable masks be washed often and that they be completely dry before re-use.

Practice good hygiene and social distancing in addition to wearing a face mask
While face masks are effective, they are not the only form of protection against the virus; personal hygiene and hand washing are equally as important.

If you are looking for quality face masks, Puffin Gear can help! We offer reusable face masks made from high thread count cotton for comfort and protection. Our fabrics are prewashed and shrunk, so you can machine wash with hot water.

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Mask Sizing Guide

To determine your size measure your head around crown above eyebrows. If you think you may need more room than average for your nose or chin order a size up.

S-CHILD 2 -5 years 18" to 20" 46cm to 51cm
M-CHILD 5 - 12 years 20" to 22" 51cm to 56cm
M-ADULT S/M heads (women) 21" to 23" 56cm to 58cm
L-ADULT L/XL heads (men) 23" plus 58 cm plus


Adult Hat Sizing Guide

To determine your size measure your head around crown where you would like the band to sit. Add 1/4 inch for comfort. Choose the next size up. An internal elastic snug will comfortably fit the hat to your head.

Our Size Head Measurement Hat Size
MEDIUM 22.25" / 56.5cm 7 1/8
LARGE 23" / 58cm 7 3/8
X-LARGE 24" / 61cm 7 5/8
XX-LARGE 25" / 63.5cm 8


Child Hat Sizing Guide

A well fitting hat comfortable hat ensures your child will wear it and it will stay on.  Measure their head around the crown and choose the next size up.   Age guidelines are approximate as children's heads can vary at the same age.

Our Size Head Measurement Approximate Age
Newborn 12" / 30.5cm Newborn/Preemie
1 month 14" / 35.5cm 0 - 1 month
3 month 16" / 41cm 0 - 3mth or 1 - 3mth
6 month 18" / 46cm 3 - 6 month
XXS 19" / 48cm 6 - 12 month
X-SMALL 20" / 51cm 12 - 24 month
SMALL 21" / 53.5cm 2 - 5 years
MEDIUM 22" / 56cm 5 - 10 years
LARGE 23" / 58.5cm 10+ years