Mask Usage, Care, and FAQs

What could I insert into my mask’s pocket as a filter?

  • N95 or surgical mask (to extend its life)
  • Blue shop cloth (available here)
  • Dryer sheet (unscented)
  • Paper towel
  • Coffee filter
  • Dry baby wipe (unscented)
  • Clean piece of vacuum filter

Cover your face… the right way.

As of May 20, 2020 the government of Canada recommends that all Canadians wear non-medical face masks. Click here for the news story, and here for more information from the Government of Canada.
For comprehensive information on mask care, use, and guidelines, check out:

Masks must be washed after each and every use. Please wash before first use, and each time a mask is used or removed. Mask Appeal masks can be washed in hot water (hand wash or laundry machine). The CDC currently recommends using the washing machine. They are dryer-safe but we recommend hang-dry to extend their life (particularly the life of the elastics). Return the mask to its original shape while wet. For an extra-crisp look, iron your mask– but avoid running the iron over the elastics.

Want to swap out the elastic in your mask?

You may wish to do this if you have a larger head, if an elastic breaks, or if you want to tie it around the back of your head instead. Original elastics may wear and break over time- this is totally normal and does not compromise the mask!

  1. Locate the channel sewn into each side of the mask.  This is where the loop elastic running through.
  2. If this elastic breaks or you wish to remove it, simply cut the existing elastic loop and discard or replace.
  3. Replace the original elastic loop with ties (like string, ribbon, bias tape or narrow straps) or lengths of elastic (available with orders).  
  4. Attach the end of your chosen tie/elastic to a safety pin.  Feed the safety pin through the channel with the tie/elastic attached. Make a knot in the pieces so that they will not slide back through the channel.  Adjust to fit over your ears or around the back of your head as desired.

You may also choose to replace a broken elastic loop with a similar one.  To do this you will need to carefully remove the stitching where the fabric is folded over to create the channel.  After inserting the new elastic loop, you will need to re-stitch the unfolded fabric to recreate the channel. You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine. (We only recommend doing this if you’re comfortable with a needle and thread.)

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