Respro® Masks FAQ: Can I Wash The Filter?

FILTER IN MASKThe filter material may be washed, but ordinarily we recommend ‘hand washing’. Machine washing can be somewhat vigorous which can abraid the material by being washed with other garments. Some washing powders also contain fragrance additives which the filter will certainly pick up.

The best procedure now would be to follow our washing guide and hopefully your filter will still be useable.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

To ensure good hygiene/care measures we suggest that you place the filter and valves in a pan of freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting filter in) and let it cool down. Remove the filter unit from the water and allow to stand dry.
This procedure will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and will also remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the Charcoal structure of the filter or tissue salt build in the valves.

If the mask cover requires washing this should be done by carefully removing the filter assembly and then washing the outer casing in warm soapy water and then left to dry naturally (not forced by means of heaters and driers).

For more Frequently Asked Questions go to respro.com

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Respro® Masks: Cycle masks, motorcycle masks and allergy masks. External wear for internal protection.
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35 Responses to Respro® Masks FAQ: Can I Wash The Filter?

  1. Michelle says:

    For clarity, are you saying that the water should be boiled just to make it sanitary first or does the water need to be hot to clean the filter?

  2. Alison says:

    I have accidentally washed my filter in very mild soapy water (cooled water from the kettle). Have I damaged it? I misread instructions.
    As I am very short on filters and cannot get them at the moment I am having to try and keep the ones I have clean and reuse them.

  3. Jorge says:

    Hello,

    I have a Respro Bandit Scarf with an unremovable filter. How do you recommend it’s washing?

    Many thanks in advanced!

    • Hi Jorge,

      Use the the following for your Bandit.

      Standard cleaning process: To ensure good hygiene/care measures we suggest that you place the filter and valves in a pan of freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting filter in) and let it cool down. Remove the filter unit from the water and allow to stand dry.
      This procedure will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and will also remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the Charcoal structure of the filter or tissue salt build in the valves.

      WASHING FILTER
      https://respromasks.com/cleaning-your-respro-filter/

      Best regards,
      Harrison | Respro® UK Customer Services

      • Bertie Esmond says:

        A bandit doesn’t have valves or a filter so how do you place a bandits filter in boiled water???

      • Hi Bertie,

        The filter is integrated.

        The scarf idea is that it is a washable, no mess, no fuss product that will last six months if used on a daily basis (think motorcycle commuter) and then ‘fair wear and tear’ will kick in; rather like a pair of socks worn everyday for six months, they will end up with holes in them.

        Washing Instructions:
        To ensure good hygiene measures we suggest that you place the Bandit in a pan of freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting filter in) and let it cool down. This will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and ensure that it is hygienically clean.

        This procedure will also remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the Charcoal structure of the filter. The Scarf is removed from the pan and left to dry naturally.

        I hope this is of assistance and please feel free to ask any further advice.

        Best regards,

        Team Respro®

  4. Nathaniel B says:

    Any idea when/where replacement filters can be purchased? Looking for filtration h type ram02-l but ti seems to be sold out everywhere

    • We are sorry, our online shop is currently closed. We will be back later tis week.

      This is because we can only attend to a given number of orders. It is unfortunate but we cannot accommodate more orders.

      The reopening of the website is based on how quickly we are processing and despatching orders.

    • Vicki S says:

      Nathaniel, I was able to order some last week from allergybegone.com. I live in the US, so if you live in the U.K., you’ll have to find out if they ship to you. Good luck! Vicki

    • Hi Nathaniel, Where are you based? Please email media@respro.com for advice.

  5. Octavio says:

    When you say put in pan of freshly boiled water after the water is cooled down or while the water is still hot from boiling?

  6. Adam says:

    Hey Respro, I boiled my filter in error for up to 5 mins. Have I damaged it? Thanks, super products :)

    • Hard Boiled……. probably.

      WASHING FILTER
      https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18087137998164382/

      Standard cleaning process: To ensure good hygiene/care measures we suggest that you place the filter and valves in a pan of freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting filter in) and let it cool down. Remove the filter unit from the water and allow to stand dry.
      This procedure will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and will also remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the Charcoal structure of the filter or tissue salt build in the valves.

      If the mask cover requires washing this should be done by carefully removing the filter assembly and then washing the outer casing in warm soapy water and then left to dry naturally.

      Storage:
      What you need to avoid, is the exposure of the filter to anything that it can adsorb. So retaining it in its packaging or in a sealable bag will do the trick. “No AirFlow” will maintain the filter ability to work. An arid storage environment would be better than a damp environment; this will inhibit the growth of any plant life that may arise from seeds/spores or other potential growth material that you may have inadvertently trapped in the filter.

      All good. If you need any additional info or help I’m here.

      Best regards,

      Harrison | Respro® UK Customer services

  7. Liliana says:

    Can heavily spraying 96 degrees ethylic alcohol damage the filter/valve or anything on a mask?

    • Anything alcohol will be absorbed by the Charcoal filter.

      • Liliana says:

        Thank you for your answer, but can you make it a little bit clear for me, please? I mean I sprayed 96 degrees alcohol on the mask, including the filter, until it was pretty wet. And than it dried on a warm (not too hot) radiator. Did I do any damage to the filter or mask? Is it still 100 % efficient? Thank you so much in advance!

  8. Camilla Sollecito says:

    Hello,

    What is the correct disposal of old filters ?

    Thanks

    • Hi Camilla,

      The Hepa-Type filter is made from non woven Polypropylene fibres and the Dynamic Activated Charcoal that is laminated with it in our combination filter is made from Rayon which is a semi synthetic. They can both be recycled if you have a facility for the separation of materials.

      DACC – compost
      PP – recycled plastics

      If you need further information then please get back to me.

      Best Regards,

      Harrison | Team Respro®

  9. Di says:

    Hello,
    Does the filters have any expiry date? 6+ years old filters?
    Thanks.

  10. Diego Florez says:

    Thanks!!

  11. Mike Maroofi says:

    Can both mask and inner filter be washed in the Ultralight Mask with hot water. How long do they last.
    Are all models completely washable?
    Mike

    • Hi Mike,
      WASHING/GENERAL HYGIENE INSTRUCTIONS

      Yes, you can wash the filter and to ensure good hygiene measures we suggest you do this on a weekly basis.
      Place the filter and valves in a pan of freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting filter in) and let it cool down. Remove the filter unit and allow to stand dry. This procedure will also will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the Charcoal structure of the filter. It will also ensure that it is hygienically clean. If the mask shell requires washing this should be done by carefully removing the filter assembly and then washing it in warm soapy water by hand and then left to dry naturally.
      The lifespan of our range of filters is based on the characteristics of the active urban cyclist. So, if you are using the mask for another activity it still applies, but your breathing rate and activity would put the lifespan of the filter at a proportionally shorter or longer time. Taking these factors into account, we recommend that the filter should be replaced every month or every 69 hours, whichever is sooner.

  12. Heejong Kwon says:

    That filters are washable means that they can be reused by being washed? 69 hours of use doesn’t mean that I should throw away the use filter and buy a new one?

    • WASHING/GENERAL HYGIENE INSTRUCTIONS

      Yes, you can wash the filter and to ensure good hygiene measures we suggest you do this on a weekly basis.
      Place the filter and valves in a pan of
      freshly boiled water (remove pan from heat source before putting the filter in) and let it cool down.
      Remove filter and allow to stand dry. This
      procedure will also will remove facial oils that may build up over a period of continuous use and remove some of the particulates and organic vapour that will be present within the charcoal structure of the filter. It will also ensure that it is hygienically clean. If the mask cover
      (shell) requires washing this should be done by carefully removing the filter assembly and then washing it in warm soapy water by hand. Leave the mask shell to dry naturally.

      You will still need to exchange the filter every so often: The effective working life of Respro® filters depends on a number of factors, such as the breathing rate of the user, ambient levels of pollution, the length of time the filter is actively working and hygiene levels. Taking these factors into account we recommend that the filter should be replaced every month or every 69 hours, whichever is sooner.

      Team Respro®

      • Diego Florez says:

        Hi– can I use this procedure for both types of filters???
        I understand that the chemicals filter uses activated charcoal; could water damage the filter??

      • Hi Diego,

        Washing can be used for both types of filter and it will not damage the filter. Please note that washing is second best to replacing the filter and the washing procedure is primarily concerned with hygiene.

        Best regards,
        Harrison | Respro® UK Customer Services

  13. kh says:

    Been using Techno Respro kit for 6yrs. Filters are expensive, so glad that they are somewhat cleanable. I disassembled a Techno Gold Filter to see its layers. No paper, so washing in water only should be ok. Actually … duh…it being ok with water: how much moisture in exhale!!

  14. jules ang says:

    hi, i have the cinqro mask and i was wondering if you guys could provide details on how the cleaning procedure described above affects the filter and the valves, seeing that the valves are seemingly made of plastic and the filter seemingly looks fragile. can you guys guarantee that if we put the shell and dacc filter in freshly boiled water they will not get damaged?

    • Hi

      Wear and tear comes from use not the washing procedure. The temperature will not damage the filter or the valves.

      Q – How often should I change the filter.

      The filter lifespan is based on the characteristics of the active urban cyclist.

      1. Half hour journey to work half hour back

      2. A breathing rate of 30 litres of air per minute

      3. Pollution levels where the WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines recommend that the average citizen should wear some form of respiratory protection.

      On this basis we recommend that the filter be changed every 69 hours of use in the environment.

      THE VALVES DO NOT GET REPLACED AND SHOULD LAST THE LIFETIME OF THE MASK.

      I hope this is of further assistance.

      Kind regards
      Team Respro® Customer services

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