Frequently asked questions
Is this mask FDA or NIOSH approved?
Is this a replacement for an N95 mask?
No! N95 masks are still the recommended personal protection equipment (PPE). In situations where N95 masks are in short supply or not available, we recommend that each hospital or individual using these masks run a complete fit test with the support of hospital administrators. The filtration efficiency of the mask will vary with the material inserted into the filter casing.
How can I customize the fit of the Maine Mask?
Insert mask into hot (boiling) water and submerge for one minute. Remove carefully with caution to not burn yourself. Pinch mask at bridge of nose with constant pressure while running under cold water for at least 45 seconds allowing time for the mask to cool.
Why does the mask have extra plastic around the edges?
This is due to our molding process. These masks are not perfect by any means. If you are unhappy with the looks of the extra material, CAREFULLY remove excess using a pair of scissors, or pull away with your fingers. Be careful not to cut any part of the mask that will effect the seal.
What can I use for filters?
We recommend using local supply of N95 masks, surgical masks or other N95 rated material for filters - one surgical mask can be made into SIX filters for our mask! If they are not available, please check with local filter supply companies to seek out alternatives. We don’t currently recommend manufacturing any filters and do not have access to N95 material for distribution.
I just received my mask. Now what?
(1) Clean/sanitize your mask!