Caring for your Envirus Mask
Wash at 60 degrees using mild detergent. No chlorine. No bleach. Avoid rough surfaces. Warm to hot tumble dry.
Water repellent treatment will slowly degrade over time.
Tested at 30+ industrial wash cycles at over 60 degrees with no visible degradation of water repellancy.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Can I exercise in my mask?
The World Health Organization (WHO) states people should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one meter from others, or as advised by your state health officials.
How many layers are in the mask?
The masks consist of two fabric layers plus the pouch in which a PM2.5 activated carbon filter is added to provide extra protection, essentially achieving three layers.
Can I wash the PM2.5 filter?
No. While the masks are reusable the PM2.5 filters are not designed to be washed.
Are the masks reusable?
Yes. Envirus recommends replacing masks after than 30-50 washes, depending on condition.
Do the masks fit children?
The Envirus masks are one-size-fits-all and feature adjustable straps to accommodate various face sizes. Masks will typically fit children above ten years of age, however the masks will likely be too large for small children.
Where are the masks made?
Envirus masks are made in NSW Australia by a team of local designers and seamstresses.
Will my mask be easy to breath through?
All face masks, regardless of the material will provide some degree of increased inhalation and exhalation resistance. Face masks 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 face mask 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. Be sure to adjust the straps as necessary to ensure a good fit.
Why do Envirus masks not have a valve?
Envirus 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. This will limit air turbulence and the potential for the mask to be pulled closer to the mouth. More information
How do I wear a face mask?
Cloth face masks should be worn in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores / supermarkets and in areas of significant community based transmission. Always follow your state health advice for current up-to-date regulations and advice on when you should be wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are considered an additional measure and are not a substitute for other safe practices such as social distancing, proper hand washing and sanitising, as well as COVID-19 testing when presenting symptoms.
1. Thoroughly wash / 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
6. Remove the mask by lifting off without touching the front of the mask or your face. 7. Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask. If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
8.Wash in hot water with detergent between use and dry.
For more information on fitting face masks and best practices, we recommend checking out the advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
There is no guarantee that any mask will protect against infection, or transmission of viruses or diseases, and masks are not a substitute for all other precautions including, but not limited to, seeking professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment; social distancing; and, proper washing and sanitation of hands. While we have used the best information available to us, information is evolving on a regular basis and we make no specific claims, or provide any representations or warranties, whether express or implied regarding the effectiveness of the Envirus masks against Coronavirus or any other respiratory illness, or that the Envirus masks protect against or prevent infection or the transmission of viruses or diseases.
Notwithstanding the generality of the above disclaimer, please note that while the fabrics used in creating the Envirus masks have been tested separately and themselves have various characteristics that may be beneficial to protect against infection, or transmission of viruses or diseases, we have not at this stage completed testing of the Envirus masks as a completed product. We therefore make no claims or provide any representations or warranties, whether express or implied regarding any specific approvals for medical or other applications.
All information regarding Envirus masks, including FAQ, caring instructions, and product photography, has been supplied to Bushfire Survival Kits by Envirus.