When it comes to decontaminating reusable respirators, it is important to disinfect them immediately after taking them off and after each use. Although different manufacturers may have different decontamination procedures and solutions, the steps below provide a general overview of how to effectively sanitize your respirators so that they are properly protected with each use.
Note: We recommend washing your hands or removing your gloves, after you have disinfected your entire mask. Only then, you should reassemble your cleaned reusable respirator, seeing as bacteria and other microorganisms are able to transfer from one decontamination step to another. Throughout this entire process, be sure to not touch your nose, mouth or eyes; these are the main entry points of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other pathogens as well. While this may seem unnecessary, individuals who are severely immunocompromised are advised to do so.