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Envirus Face Mask FAQ's

Care Instructions: 

Wash at 60 degrees using mild detergent. No chlorine. No bleach. Avoid rough surfaces. Warm to hot tumble dry. Made in Australia.

Everyday mask: water repellent treatment will degrade over time. Hydrophopic mask: has been tested at 30 plus wash cycles with no visible degradation of water repellancy.

Are your masks reusable? Yes, we have tested the Hydrophobic masks for 30 Industrial Wash Cycles. The mask still repelled water and had no apparent degradation of water repellent properties. We would recommend replacing masks on approximately 30 washes depending on condition.

How many layers are in the masks? The Everyday+ mask features two layers with a pouch where a filter may be added, essentially applying three layers. Our Hydrophobic mask features two layers with a pouch as well as Hydrophobic and Antimicrobial material. We recommend the Hydrophobic masks for further protection.

Where are the masks made? Our masks are made in Newcastle, NSW by our team of designers and seamstresses.

Can I wash the PM2.5 filter? No, While the masks are reusable the filters are not designed to be washed. 

Do you make masks for children below the ages of ten? Currently we do not offer facemasks for children below the ages of ten. However, Envirus is a continually evolving brand and is currently developing further products. Stay on the lookout for updates.

Will my mask be easy to breath through? All facemasks, regardless of the material will provide some degree of increased inhalation and exhalation resistance. Facemasks are designed to create a barrier to limit airborne water particles from passing to or from your mouth or nose and this barrier will create some degree of increased airflow resistance. Multiple layers and greater filtration inherently means greater resistance to breath.  A single layer paper surgical mask will for example have lower inhalation and exhalation resistance than a multi layer fabric mask.     

How do I ensure a good seal? Your Facemask should provide a good seal on all sides to limit air from entering or escaping. If you have gaps and airflow through the side or bottom of the mask this means airborne water particles can also pass through these gaps.    

Why do ENVIRUS masks not have a valve? At Envirus, we do not recommend the use of valves for the prevention of waterborne particle protection. Valves are generally used in industry dust masks when the prevention of dust entering the mask is the goal. A valve however does not necessarily stop airborne water particles from passing out of the mask during exhalation.    

Nose Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing? 

When using a mask it is important to try and breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Breathing through your nose provides benefits that can help the body fight viral infections. The reason is that your nasal cavities produce the molecule nitric oxide. For more information, click here.

 How to wear a facemask?

Cloth face masks should be worn in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores and in areas of significant community based transmission. Masks are considered an additional measure and are not a substitute for other safe practises such as social distancing, proper hand sanitising and testing.

  1. Sanitise hands before handling mask
  2. Place mask over mouth and nose
  3. Pull elastics over head for snug fit
  4. Mould nose bridge to fit face
  5. Do not touch your mask while wearing it

Remove the mask by lifting off without touching the front of the mask or your face. Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask. If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands. Wash in hot water with detergent between use and dry.

For more information on fitting masks and best practises head to the world health organisation page, click here.