With the Covi-19 situation, you may have heard that wearing a mask can help you from contracting or spreading the disease. One of the most commonly recommended masks is the KN95 mask. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about the KN95 mask including its ability to be fluid resistant.
What is a KN95 mask?
The KN95 respirator mask is a commonly used mask that is used in many industrial businesses. Also, the KN95 mask is used by many contractors and those who work around hazard equipment, fumes, powders and gases. The KN95 designation refers to the fact that these masks are able to filter 95% of particles with a diameter of 0.3 micrometers. The coronavirus has an average larger size than 0.3 micrometers.
Therefore, you can prevent the transfer of the virus by wearing a KN95 mask. The KN95 mask has been in high demand since the onset of the Covid-19 situation. Therefore, the mask may be difficult to find at many retail locations.
What the difference between an N95 and a KN95 mask?
An N95 mask and a KN95 masks are the two most common forms of personal protective equipment or PPE for the nose and the mouth. The biggest difference is that the KN95 mask is more rugged and designed for industrial use while the N95 mask is made of softer layers of cloth and is designed for medical use.
Note that on April 3, 2020, the FDA approved KN95 masks for medical use due to the shortage of N95 masks.
What is the KN95 made of?
The KN95 respirator mask is made of non-woven fabric on the outer layer. Right behind the outer layer, the KN95 mask has a layer of hot air cotton. The inside layer of the KN95 mask is made of meltblown cloth. The materials make the mask breathable and soft to the touch for the skin. The mask is designed for long-term use and can resist large amounts of dust, particles and other air pollution.
How to tell a real KN95 mask from a counterfeit?
Because of the onset of the Covid-19 situation, there has been a massive demand for the KN95 mask. Unfortunately, that has to lead to many criminals creating counterfeit masks that are completely useless in the defense of the coronavirus. Here are some clues that can help you find a real KN95 mask:
- The mask comes directly from a known manufacturer such as 3M.
- The mask is purchased from a reputable retailer like Home Depot or Was-Mart.
- The mask comes in retail packaging with the proper barcode on the packaging.
How to test that your KN95 mask is authentic
If you are wondering if your KN95 is the real deal, then you can perform these three tests before actually using the mask. Each test can be done at home with minimal equipment.Test #1: The lighter test
- Put the mask on your face.
- Hold the light about five to seven inches from your mouth.
- Now try to blow out the lighter’s flame.
With a real mask, you will not be able to blow out the flame. A counterfeit mask will be porous enough to allow lots of forced air through the mask.Test #2: The Sweet N’ Low test
- Put the KN95 mask on your face.
- Place the Sweet N’ Low powder onto a table.
- Try to smell the powder. First, try with the mask on your face. Then smell again with the mask off.
With a real mask, you should be able to faintly smell the Sweet N’ Low powder. With a counterfeit face mask, you will get a strong smell from the powder. The bottom line? The real mask will be able to block some of the fragrance from the Sweet N’ Low Powder.
Test #3: The water test
- Hold the face mask by the runner bands with the inside or concave part of the mask facing upward.
- Put about four ounces of water into the concave part of the mask.
With a real mask, the water will not be able to seep through the mask. A counterfeit mask will allow water to seep through all the layers of the mask.
If you are looking to buy bulk KN95 masks, then it is a good idea to run all three of these tests on a couple of these masks to ensure that they are the real deal.
KN95 reaction to fluids
Let’s go back to the water test in the previous section. As you can observe, the KN95 mask is able to resist fluids. For instance, if some water splashes on the exterior of the mask, then the fluid should not be able to reach the interior layers of the mask.
Not that does not mean that the mask is waterproof. For instance, if you were to jump into a pool, the KN95 mask will not prevent water from seeping through to the inner layers.
Can you reuse a KN95 mask?
One of the biggest benefits that KN95 masks have over surgical masks is that that KN95 masks can be used more than once. That means you can use a KN95 mask for several days or even several weeks.
Can you wash a KN95 mask?
The KN95 mask is not designed to be washed. However, the CDC has recommended the following ways to decontaminate an KN95 mask.
- UV light
- Vaporize hydrogen peroxide
Stay up to date on kn95 masks
If the coronavirus situation lasts for many more months or years, then it is important to know as much as possible about the KN95 mask. It is a good idea to keep yourself well-stocked on KN95 masks and learn what you can about this important piece of personal protective equipment. This one mask could mean the difference in stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease to you or someone that you care about.