When we talk about surgical mask material, the melt-blown fabric is always the core. It is the middle layer of the mask, has electrostatic adsorption function, can filter particles, bacterial and viruses.
But not all the masks on the market have melt-blown material in the middle, bad factories may replace it with normal PP nonwoven fabric. Masks without melt-blown fabric, can not filter bacterial and viruses, which is too dangerous to be worn in medical places. So how can we tell if the mask has melt-blown material or not?
Meltblown is softer than common PP non-woven fabric, the texture is very different from PP fabric.
Meltblown fabric feels like soft facial tissue, it can be much easier to be torn up than other types of non-woven fabric.
Meltblown is flame-resistant, it will melt but not burn when you try to light it up.
Instead of using new material, many small factories would use recycled leftover fabrics in mask production to maximize the benefits. Recycled material usually has calcium carbonate in it, more likely to cause allergies.
But, it's not hard to distinguish,
Recycled fabric is rough and uneven in texture, while new material feels softer.
Some recycled fabric even has grainy touch, because too much calcium carbonate has been added into it.
Recycled fabric made masks are more likely to has an unpleasant smell.
Since the virus breakout in 2020, large amount of manual welded face masks suddenly popping up on the market. Those masks are usually made by garment factories, usually do not have professional mask production lines. Reasons we do not suggest to buy manual welded masks are as follows,
Manual work can not reach the accuracy as machine does. Check the manual welded spot in the picture, the attached area is too small to bear the pressure when users stretche the earloops. That's why so many bad reviews on eBay and Amazon were complaining the earloops can be easily torn apart from the face masks.
The other reason is hygiene. Manual welding means workers will touch every mask one by one, so it's not easy to keep the masks clean.
To ensure product quality and make sure masks can be transferred to your country, it's better to do some background research about the sellers.
In China, only white list factories can export medical masks.
Manufacturers must get a medical device production license or similar certificate, such as ISO13485.
Must check medical mask certificates and test reports, like CE, FDA 510K, EN14683 test, ASTM F2100 test...
If possible, a video factory tour will be perfect.
Things we should do or know before put on the surgical mask:
Wash your hands properly under flowing water
Make sure there are no tears or holes on either side of the mask before using.
Better be used once and then thrown in the trash.
Remove and replace the masks when they become moist.
Better to be replaced every 4 hours if need continuous wearing.
How to put it on:
Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
Mold the nosepiece to the shape of your nose.
Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
Medical, surgical, hospital, operation face mask only means the face masks are produced under certain medical or surgical standards, it does not mean they can only be worn in hospital for medical or surgical use, we can also wear them for daily protection.
Now the virus threat is still very serious in the world, we suggest everyone wear a mask in crowed areas, such as subway, bus, school or other crowed public places. No matter it is non-medical mask or medical surgical mask, it helps a lot to against droplets, bacterial and virus.
But if we are going to hospitals or other medical institutions, we’d better wear a surgical mask. For EU customers, we suggest Morntrip EN 14683 TypeⅡR medical mask, which has the highest protection level among similar masks.