With the recent update to CDC guidelines, we recognize many people are seeking information on “homemade” or fabric masks for their own and others’ use. We recognize there is a lot of confusion, and in some cases misinformation, related to appropriate masks, fabrics, and homemade masks, so have compiled the information below to assist you:
- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
- Certain Sunbrella upholstery fabrics - Canvas, Spectrum, and Cast - may be appropriate for use in homemade or fabric masks due to their weight and weave. Masks made with Sunbrella fabrics will be bleach-cleanable.
- It is important to note that CDC guidelines continue to reinforce the importance of reserving medical-grade masks (N95, surgical, etc.) for the healthcare community.
If you desire to make homemade masks to support the PPE needs of our medical community, it is important that you connect with your intended healthcare facility in advance to understand their needs and expectations, as each provider may differ in their requirements. In addition, our sister division Trivantage offers more specific information and materials for fabricators and companies with cut & sew capabilities seeking to make PPE for the healthcare community.