How to wash face masks with filters, nose wire, or elastic
Some face masks require a little extra care than others to ensure they are not damaged. If you need to know how to wash face masks with elastic or nose wire, follow the handwashing steps.
For face masks with filters, you need to separate the filter from the main mask and wash them separately. This only applies to reusable filters though so always check with the mask manufacturer as some filters are only intended for single use. As with any type of laundry, it's important to dry your face mask and filter as quickly as possible after washing. You can do this by air-drying outside, using the tumble dryer, or even holding a hairdryer about 15-20cm above the item on a gentle heat.
Sound like a lot? Don’t worry, we’re all in the same boat. It will all become part of the household routine, and remember, every wash counts towards keeping you, your family and the community safe.
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Disclaimer: The information in this article is accurate at the time of publishing. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some guidance may have changed since publication. While Persil is trying to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations on other ways to keep their face masks clean by using GOV UK and NHS.
*Laboratory tested on Influenza H1N1, Vacciniavirus, murine coronavirus (EN14476, 10 mins). Please use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.