How to care & clean fabric masks

Michelle Mak Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

The City of Calgary now requires mandatory masks in indoor public spaces. Fabric masks/face coverings can be used in this instance but still need to be cleaned.

Cloth masks or face coverings should be changed and cleaned if they become damp or soiled. You can wash your cloth mask by:

  • putting it directly into the washing machine, using a hot cycle, and then dry thoroughly
  • washing it by hand if a washing machine is not available, using soap and warm/hot water
    • allow it to dry completely before wearing it again

Non-medical masks that cannot be washed should be disposed in a lined garbage bin, and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled. Please do not leave discarded masks in shopping carts or on the ground where other people may come into contact with them.

It is important to remember the following when using non-medical masks and face coverings:

  • masks with an exhalation valve do not protect others
  • never share your non-medical mask or face covering with someone else
  • do not touch a non-medical mask or face covering that belongs to someone else
  • do not allow other people to handle or touch your non-medical mask or face covering

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Word of the day:

Soiled (Adjective)

  1. dirty; stained.
    • The shirt was soiled after he played in the mud all day.