Calling all crafters! Given the demand for masks as a result of coronavirus contagion, the DMV region is already seeing a shortage for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like face masks. If you personally work on the frontlines of the pandemic or know of a need for masks – please fill out the mask request form (examples include any staff at Hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing/assisted living facilities, among others). If you are interested in making masks or otherwise donating time or resources – please fill out the mask volunteer interest form. Help us protect those on the frontlines!
Face masks should be dropped off in the blue bin under the awning at Floris UMC.
The ideal fabric is a tightly-woven material. Whatever fabric you use, you will need two layers. You can mix fabrics and have one type of fabric on the outside, and a second kind of fabric on the inside.
The best fabrics are:
- Cotton fabric
- Heavyweight cotton t-shirts (used in this article/study)
- Antimicrobial pillowcases or mattress covers
- 400-thread-count+ sheets
Can you use fabric that’s been worn, used or is just older? Yes, but please pre-wash first in hot water and dry it at the hottest setting allowable for the fabric.
Here’s a look at the performance of various kinds of materials tested in a 2013 study for their effectiveness at filtering out microbes, viruses, and other tiny particles, when used in DIY cloth masks.
T-shirts and pillowcases appear lower on the list, but create masks that have a better fit, which leads to the the masks more being effective since you don’t want to have a lot of gaps around your face. This graphic was compiled by the folks at smartairfilters.com, who have collected information about air quality and filtration issues.