Using A Cloth Mask with Pocket Filter

folding filter to put into insert
Thank you for your interest in our re-usable cloth masks. By investing in a reusable cloth mask, you help ensure that there are enough medical grade masks available to healthcare workers who need them most.
Keep in mind that this information is not medical advice, but best practices gathered through research.
Use of any cloth masks are at your own risk. Please read this document thoroughly before using our re-usable cloth mask.

Mask Features
Elastic straps fit small faces, stretches for larger faces
Curved design reduces gaps
Large Pocket for Filters
3 layers of protection including filter
100% cotton inner lining for breathability

Putting On Your Mask

Make sure your mask has been washed and dried before putting it on.

1.  Cut your choice of filter into the shape of your mask
2.  Fold your filter in half to insert
3.  Once all the way in, unfold and adjust
4.  Wrap elastic straps around your ear
5.  Don’t touch the front of your mask while wearing it


Types of Filters You Can Use in Pocket

Coffee Filters 
Cotton Tea Towels
HEPA vacuum bag filters
2 Layers of Paper Towels
Scott Dry Shop Towels

Taking Off Your Mask

Don’t remove mask until you’re at home or in a place where you can wash your hands. 

1.  Remove the mask using the straps
2.  Carefully remove and dispose of your filter without touching the front
3.  Wash your hands thoroughly

Which Fabric is Best?
On Best FiltrationAccording to various sources cited below, the more tightly woven a fabric is, the better filtration it presumably has. Examples are cotton, heavy cotton, linen and tweed (tightly woven wool).

On BreathabilityCotton, linen, wool, denim are all very breathable because it allows moisture to get through. Make sure to not wear spandex or polyester fabrics on your face as they are not absorbent and can cause breathing issues.

Cleaning Your Mask
Please do not wear cloth masks without cleaning them first. It is best to have a few cloth masks so that you have masks to wear while others are drying. Make sure to thoroughly dry your mask before wearing it as wet/damp masks aren't as effective at filtration. 

There are multiple ways to sanitize your cloth mask:

  1. Place your used mask in soap water, soak it for one minute, wash, rinse and hang to dry
  2. Put your used mask in boiling water for 5 minutes, then hang to dry (This will degrade the quality of your cloth mask over time and should not be done more than 10 times)    
  3. Wash in washing-machine with detergent, hang to dry - don't dry in high heat, mask may shrink

If you are in need of a re-usable cloth mask, there are many options, including ours that you can buy here.

If you know someone who has made their own cloth masks, please share this website with them so they are informed on how to properly take care of their cloth mask and can stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


DISCLAIMER: We are not medical professionals and all this information is our advice on best practices based on research cited below.

That said, we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns via email -

Thank you!

Advanced European Tailoring



About Our Masks For each mask you purchase, we donate a mask to health facilities, homeless shelters and senior housing through Berkeley City Council member, Rashi Kesarwani.

About Us 
Our family-owned small business, Advanced European Tailoring, after 20+ years of providing tailoring services in Berkeley, CA, has closed shop temporarily due to the government lockdown.

After the CDC recommended that Americans wear face masks in public, we started making cloth masks for our community to sustain our business and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part and valuing the health of our community with your reusable mask purchase.

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