Frequently Asked Questions
One of the many great features of the EasyFlow Mask™ is the ability to quickly clean as often as needed.
The F0230 mask may be cleaned by:
- UV Sterilization
- Disinfecting Wipes
- Warm Soapy Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide
NEVER clean the filters or expose the filter media to UV light. This will damage the filter media and harm the electrostatic charge. Be sure to sanitize based on the instructions provided on the cleaning product label. ALWAYS allow any disinfecting solution to fully dry and evaporate before putting the mask on. Wash away any residue if required. UV sterilization should be done at the lowest dose for effective cleaning. Prolonged exposure can degrade the mask components over time.
Seating The Gasket
When assembling the EasyFlow Mask™, one of the most important steps is seating the silicone face gasket onto the inner frame. On the front of the frame, the rubber overlaps the plastic by 6-8 millimeters. This is the portion that seals around the filter and should sit flush. In order to properly seat the gasket, carefully ensure all of the rubber tabs are pressed trough the frame. Start by lining up the two vertical tabs and making sure they are properly pressed through the plastic slits. This will allow the rest of the gasket to properly align and ‘clip’ together.
Mask Valve Information
The EasyFlow mask™ uses electrostatic filter media to achieve its notable breathability, while still providing excellent filtration of viruses and bacteria. Extreme heat and moisture are two factors that may reduce filter efficiency. We have integrated a unique moisture vent system to allow for better moisture control in warm outdoor conditions or during intense physical activity. This moisture vent does not allow as much unfiltered exhalation as typical exhalation valves; however, it is recommended that you filter the valve when this vent is not needed. The filter cutout is several millimeters smaller than the seal point of the disc to prevent leakage. As of September 2020 we also provide filters with no valve cutout as we head into the cooler months. When using the no-hole filters you may either remove the silicone disc or leave it in place.
Filtering The Valve
A piece of filter about the size of the silicone disc can be cut and layered with the main filter to seal the valve. When assembling the mask, place this cut piece first on the outer frame, then place the main filter over it and ensure the entire hole of the main filter is covered. The plastic ring on the outer frame is just slightly smaller than the filter hole, and will punch the extra piece into the filter hole like a snap and seal it off. We also have mask sets and replacement filters available without the moisture outlet hole for those who prefer.
The EasyFlow Mask™ is a one size fits most product, designed with flexibility in mind. The upper and lower portions were designed to be moved up and down several inches to fit many facial types. The slider included with the strap is not intended to hold tension, rather it is there to help find the best fit. Once you have found your desired level of tension, pinch the straps at the slider, remove the upper strap and tie it in a bow to lock in place.
Adjustments For Nose Rubbing
The shallow nature of our F0230 mask is required for many clinicians to preserve downward visibility, layer other PPE and allow the use of medical optics, cameras, loops, lights, etc. Our unique design was created to combine the low-profile fitment of a surgical mask with the tighter fitting, sub-micron filtration of a respirator.
Users with larger noses who experience some rubbing on the inner frame may trim away some of the circular inner frame portions for a more customized fit. Doing so will free a bit more space and allow the nose to touch the felt, instead of the plastic, for a more traditional mask feel. The perimeter of the inner frame and gasket should not be adjusted, so a proper seal is still achieved.
All modifications are done at the users own risk.
CDC Facial Hair Guidelines For Wearing Masks & Respirators
Any respirator being worn around hazardous particulates should be selected, fitted, used and maintained in accordance with OSHA and any other applicable regulations.
*Disclaimer: The individual components of the F0230 mask have been independently lab tested to meet stringent FDA & NIOSH standards when used in other devices. As a brand new product, this mask has not yet been evaluated or approved by the FDA or NIOSH. This product is not currently an FDA approved medical device. Full filtration is dependent upon proper fit, seal and use. Clinical use is typically subject to a NIOSH fit test and our product will pass a hooded fit test with proper fitment.