Proper Care Procedure For Your Cloth Face Mask
By: Samanta Roseme Posted: Apr 21st, 2020
Caregiver Support

Proper Care Procedure For Your Cloth Face Mask

In a recent article written by CNN concerning face masks, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warned that “Folks who don’t know how to wear them properly tend to touch their faces a lot and actually can increase the spread of coronavirus.” We are seeing many people use their facemasks improperly and with Gov. Ned Lamont urging people to wear masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible you could be putting yourself at an increased risk if you don’t follow the right protocols.

Caregivers have a greater risk of infection and in an effort to help, we have put together a video to share with you about the proper care procedure for your mask. This video was made specifically for cloth masks but is still applicable for disposable masks that aren’t soiled. You can also learn more about what the CDC has to say about using cloth facemasks by clicking here. Please watch the video below and email us at if you should have any questions.  

Read our recent update to learn more about how we are addressing the COVID-19 challenges internally.


PART 1: Donning Your Cloth Mask – (putting on your mask)

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Place and secure your face mask with ties or ear loops
  3. Adjust the metal nose piece to create a close fit at the bridge of your nose and cheekbones
  4. Spread your mask to fit the lower part securely under your chin
  5. Wash your hands

PART 2: Care Instructions While Wearing Your Cloth Mask

  1. Refrain from touching your mask; especially the front
  2. If you do touch your mask, wash your hands immediately
  3. Change your mask if it becomes soiled

PART 3: Changing You Cloth Mask If It Becomes Soiled

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Untie the ties or remove loops from your ears
  3. Hold the front of your mask away from you
  4. Drop your mask into a disposable paper bag

PART 4: If You Are Changing The Coffee Filter

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Take off your mask
  3. Lay your mask on a disposable paper towel
  4. Dispose of the old filter
  5. Wash your hands
  6. Put in a new filter
  7. Place your mask back on
  8. Wash your hands

PART 5: Doffing Your Cloth Mask At The End Of The Day – (taking off your mask)

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Untie ties or remove loops from your ears
  3. Hold the front of your mask away from you
  4. Drop your mask into a disposable bag
  5. Wash your hands

PART 6: Washing Your Cloth Mask

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Remove your mask from the disposable bag
  3. If there is a coffee the filter, dispose of it and wash your hands
  4. Place your mask into your washing machine and do not touch your mask
  5. Wash your hands before getting the detergent
  6. Machine wash your mask in warm or hot water 
  7. Put your mask in your dryer on high heat until it’s thoroughly dry
  8. Place your clean mask in a new disposable bag

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About Samanta Roseme, RN BSN

Samanta Descombes Roseme, also known as Sam, is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) at Assured Quality Homecare (ASQ). As the CVO, Sam is responsible for setting ASQ’s vision, mission, and goals and ensuring that the company is aligned. Sam brings in over 8 years of experience in the Healthcare field and has a Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing from the University of Connecticut. In 2016 Samanta, along with her husband Caleb, founded Assured Quality Homecare with a vision of providing high-quality, trained, and compassionate caregivers to the aging community of New London, CT. Samanta and Caleb are raising three beautiful children, and as a mother and woman of faith, you can find Samanta volunteering at her church in her free time.


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