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Window Communication Masks will last a very long time with proper maintenance. On this page we will go over some tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your new mask.
First, let's go over the basics.
For those who prefer hand washing, please use a mild detergent and warm water. While hand washing is the most delicate option, it also leaves room for error where germ removal is concerned so please be thorough.
For those of you who prefer machine washing, rest assured that our masks are machine wash friendly.
We recommend that you machine wash on cold in a laundry bag, and then allow your mask to air dry for best results.
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In our testing, we have been rigorously testing three masks with different washing scenarios to determine the best way to prolong the life of your mask. Here are our findings:
Machine wash, hot water + dry in the dryer: The purpose of this test was to see how much we could beat up the mask. In some of the washes we even used the steam sanitize function on the washer/dryer.
Current wash count: 41 cycles
Results: Shrinking, messed up pleats. No permanent damage to the vinyl. Elastics are damaged on earloops.
Summary: If you accidentally throw your mask in with the load of towels, it's probably not going to ruin it, but this isn't the best option for routine care of your mask since it will ruin the elastics and the material.
Machine wash, hot water in laundry bag + air dry: The purpose of this test was to see what a normal laundry cycle would do to the mask.
Current wash count: 53 cycles
Results: No damage to the fabric or the vinyl. Elastics are mildly damaged/frayed.
Summary: Washing on warm/hot doesn't seem to cause much damage, although we suspect that the heat causes damage to the elastics after time. For this reason we do not recommend using this as your routine washing method/temperature.
Machine wash, cold water in laundry bag + air dry: The purpose of this test is to see if we could use the convenience of machine washing with the gentleness of cold water.
Current wash count: 73 cycles
Results: No damage to fabric, vinyl or elastics
Summary: Washing on cold water is our recommended method for the care and maintenance of the window communication mask. The combination of cold water in a laundry bag protects the mask from any damage in the wash, while air drying eliminates risk of shrinking and elastic fraying.
The nature of vinyl masks can be tricky due to the dreaded FOGGING. For those living in drier climates this may not be as problematic as it is for those living in more humid climates, but at the end of the day - we hate mask fogging!
The best way to reduce fogging is to allow venting by not keeping your mask too tight (but not making it too loose as to make it essentially ineffective as a mask!).
To further assist, we have a trick that involves a couple simple steps:
PROS: Your mask will be significantly less foggy!
CONS: Your mask now smells like a pile of wonderfully clean dishes
Commercially available anti-fogging products review:
PLEASE NOTE: We do not represent or sell any of these products unless specifically noted. The testing of these products and their performance is limited only to use on our window communication masks and the information below is our opinion. This information is shared for your use as you evaluate your own anti-fogging solutions.
Have a defogging product you'd like us to test out? Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org