Aplat Cotton Face Mask FAQs
Answering all questions regarding size, material and care of our double-layered, cotton masks. Click a plus button below to view the answer to the question. For information on how cloth face masks protect you and when and where to wear them, please refer to the CDC guidelines here.
Our mask is designed to fit most adult faces. The origami design allows the mask to adjust to different face and nose shapes. For people with smaller faces, the mask will be roomier at the center, allowing for more space around the mouth and nose to breathe.
Our mask measures approximately 9.75” wide. The vertical height has a center band 2.75” in height with a top and bottom flap that extends up to 2" from the center band to cover the nose and chin, making the total height approximately 6.75". Due to the handmade nature, there may be a few centimeters of variance between masks.
Yes, our mask will adjust to fit most teenagers.
Our mask will fit most children 10 years and older. For younger children, the mask may be too wide for their face. We offer instructions on how to make our mask for younger children in our DIY notebook story here.
According to the CDC recommendations, children under the age of 2 should not wear face a mask.
Yes, we strongly recommend that the mask is washed before using for the first time. Please see the mask care question and answers below.
The cotton canvas will soften after washing. Please wash before wearing.
According to the NY Times' article, A User's Guide to Face Masks it states the below.
Coffee filters and paper towels: The C.D.C. suggests inserting a coffee filter into your mask for extra protection. Missouri University of Science & Technology scientists found that using three coffee filters made it difficult to breathe. Adding a layer of paper towel in between two layers of fabric could make your homemade mask more efficient. An engineer at an air purifier firm ran his own test and found a single paper towel filters 23 percent of 0.3 microns and two paper towels filtered 33 percent.
Our masks do not have a pocket for filters but do have an area where a filter can be tucked in to the interior of mask.
Adding a disposable filter is optional. You can add a folded paper towel or coffee filter sizes 2,3, or 4 for an added layer of protection. Place your disposable filter on the interior area and tuck the four corners under the fold on top and bottom to keep it in place. You can also use the disposable carbon filters shown in the video below, available for purchase on Amazon.
Our mask is designed using origami inspired folds to create space around the nose and mouth. When worn, the center should protrude out and away from the face like a bird's beak. This allows for better breathability.
Follow these steps on how to put a mask on.
- Pull the cord loop to allow enough slack to pull your head through.
- Hold the mask with the top and bottom flaps extended and place on the bridge of your nose.
- Pull the cord over the top of your head and hook on to tops of the ears.
- Pull the loose ends of the cord to tighten and tie at the base of the neck or at the top of the head.
- Pull the fold at center outward like a bird's beak to create space around the nose and mouth.
- Adjust the fold at top and bottom to adjust to fit your face.
Follow these steps below:
- Untie and loosen the cord at top of head slightly.
- Retie the rope at the base of the neck.
- Pull the cord down to the back of the neck.
- Carefully pull the mask down away from your face.
- Push in the top and bottom flaps of the mask and fold in half.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth after touching your mask and wash hands immediately after.
We recommend airing the mask out by hanging it in a place away from other objects, ideally in the sun or other open area until you are able to wash it. Do not store your used mask in a plastic bag. Not only is it bad for the environment, but the plastic does not allow air flow creating a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
Yes, our organic cotton masks are preshrunk and stand up to frequent machine washing and drying really well. We recommend turning your mask inside out and tying the braided cord together in a loose knot before washing to avoid tangling.
Per the CDC guidelines, hot water is NOT necessary to sanitize the mask and we recommend washing the mask in cold water with like colors.
Yes, our masks do not have elastic bands that can melt and are preshrunk so they are safe to throw in the dryer at low to normal setting. After drying lay mask flat with nose and chin flaps in and then fold in half to retain the shape. We recommend ironing for crisp folds.
We recommend ironing for crisp folds but it is not necessary. If you don't have an iron, or dislike ironing like we do, hand pressing is an eco-friendly alternative. Make sure your hands and work surface are clean, remove mask out of the dryer and press and flatten with your hands. Smooth out wrinkles with sweeping hands movements while pressing down on the folds. Finally, fold the mask in to our signature shape for a crisp fold down the center.
Do not use bleach. Our organic cotton masks are made without the harsh chemicals of commercially grown cotton, and therefore, will last longer with proper care. Bleach will discolor the natural and organically dyed colors. The CDC states that machine washing and drying is enough to sterilize the mask.
It is recommended to wash your masks each day after use and to have several masks to cycle through the week.
Yes, our preshrunk duck cotton is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). It is grown without herbicides or pesticides making our organic product better for you and better for the planet.
Yes, our organic cotton is dyed with eco-friendly, certified organic, food-safe dyes.
Our organic cotton is produced in India and is certified organic from seed to shelf.
The CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask or face covering to help slow the spread of the virus. Recent studies have found that cloth masks not only help protect others but also the wearer from infection.
Yes, always follow the guidelines of prevention provided by the CDC even while wearing a face mask. Social distance if possible, don't touch your face and try not to touch your face mask, wash your hands for 20 seconds after touching your face mask after it has been worn and exposed to contamination, and stay at home when you can. For more information, view the CDC guidelines here.
To protect our workers from COVID-19, we do not accept masks for return or exchange.
Our masks are NOT a substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks and are NOT FDA approved.
Although these masks may help deter you from spreading COVID-19, they will not prevent you from getting it. While wearing any mask, you must follow CDC guidelines — maintain six feet of physical distance, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and do not touch your face.
Aplat Masks are for personal use only and are not eligible for return or exchange.