STATEWIDE — Wearing a mask is now the norm but like other garments, the question is how often do we need to clean them?
St. Joseph Healthcare Infection Preventionist Andrew Donovan said paying attention to the integrity of your mask is key to knowing when it’s time to clean it.
Masks lose their effectiveness when they become wet or dirty. A general rule of thumb is anytime there’s moisture built up, or you notice any shadowing on fabric, it’s time for a swap.
“If you can put it through the washing machine, that’s a little bit better than hand washing. I think either or is OK. Typically, hanging them up to dry is typically a little bit better than putting them in the dryer,” Donovan said.
Donovan said two things to keep in mind are “fit” and “filtration” when it comes to effectiveness for mask-wearing.