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Respro Masks FAQ

Respro Mask China Hong Kong

Q: How do the Sportsta™ and City™ filters differ?

A: Each filters type has a primary use in a specific environment.

The City™ filter: uses Dynamic Activated Charcoal Cloth (DACC) a 95% pure charcoal weave, originally developed by the U.K. Ministry of Defence for use in the protection against chemical and bacteria warfare situations. We use DACC to effectively filter out Primary pollutants associated with vehicle exhaust emissions. The DACC is laminated with medical grade non woven polypropylene material which filters particulates from the air and helps prevent them from entering the respiratory system. The City™ filter offers protection against particle, gases and chemicals

 

The Sportsta™ filter: uses electrostatically charged fibres to attract airborne particulates down to 0.3 microns in size. 1 Micron = 1/1000mm. Unlike most particle filters which rely on mechanical retention, which inherently results in high inhalation resistance or very large cumbersome filters, the Sportsta filter offers extremely low inhalation resistance, by like comparison. The Sportsta™ filter offers protection against: – Pollen dust; Building dust; Clay dust; Grain dust; Soya dust; Carbon dust; House dust; Cigarette smoke. – PM10’s. e.g. Diesel smoke. – Lead & Tar.

 

Q: What size mask do I need?

A: With the exception of the Bandit™, the Allergy mask (small available) and the FB-1 mask (XL available), there are two sizes available, medium and large. Generally, medium will be suitable for the average size women and large for the average size man. If in doubt, email us the following dimensions and we should be able to guide you to the correct size.

  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Neck size:
  • Other notable features to be considered:

 

Q: Do the filters need replacing, if so, how often?

A: Yes, the filters do need replacing. The effective working life of the City™ filter depends on a number of factors, such as; the breathing rate of the user; ambient levels of pollution; the length of time the filter is actively working; hygiene levels. Taking these factors into account we recommend that the filter should be replaced every month or every 69 hours, whichever is sooner.

Replacement of the Sportsta™ filter should be carried out every month or when the filter becomes noticeably discoloured.

Q: What filter do I need?

A: You will need to determine what type of environment you will be using the mask in, a city environment or a countryside environment. Typically, if you are commuting every day with heavy or slow moving traffic, you should use the City™ filter. Although chemical pollutants can be found in the countryside; crop spays, fertilisers etc., particulates are more likely to pose a potential problem, thus a Sportsta™ filter is likely to be the better option.

Q: I need the protection of the City™ mask, but would like the added comfort of the Sportsta™, is this possible?

A: Yes! The filters and valves used in both the City™ and the Sportsta™ masks are totally interchangeable.

Q: Do I need to replace the valves?

A:The valves should not need replacing on a regular basis assuming that they are maintained properly. On a monthly basis, it is advisable to flush the valves through with warm water, allow to dry and apply a little talcum powder to prevent the valve from sticking. On the Powa valve, it is essential that you locate the two pins, nearest the hinge, properly into the body of the valve, and check that they are seated properly.

Q: Can the mask be washed?

A: It is recommended that you wash the neoprene shell of the mask every month under normal use. To do this it is necessary to remove the filter and the valve first. Although spare valves and filters are available from your retailer, please be careful not to misplace any of the components during maintenance.

Q: These bendy nose things, how far should I bend them?

A: The malleable nose clip deforms easily so that a good fit can be formed around the bridge of the nose. Continuous or exaggerated deformation will eventually cause failure in the metal – it will snap. Once a good fit has been found, it is best to maintain the shape, rather than folding it flat when storing it or when not in use.

Q: How long does the Bandit™ last before it needs replacing?

A: Under normal conditions the Bandit™ will provide the user with approximately six months protection. The Bandit incorporates D.A.C.C. which is specially coated so that it can be washed. It should be washed on a regular basis to maintain optimum performance. Immerse in a pan of boiling water (this releases the petroleum compounds pounds which are attracted to the D.A.C.C.) and leave to cool. Then wash in warm water using a non-automatic washing powder, rinse and leave to dry.

Q: What filters do I need for the X-treme™ masks?

A: Essentially the filters in the X-treme™ function in the same way as the City™ and Sportsta™ filters do. The X-treme™ mask for sports utilises the particulate filtration ability of the Sportsta™ and the X-treme™ mask for urban use, uses activated carbon as its filtration medium.

Q: What differences are there with the new CiNQRO™ mask?

A: The CiNQRO™ mask focuses on the ‘urban trainer’, the ‘home runner’ or the multi-sport end user where breathing rates are typically higher than your average commuter. Improved comfortability are key to this level of personal endeavor.

For improved air flow and comfortability the two Powa Elite valves on the CiNQRO™ mask allow faster air flow characteristics when breathing out at elevated breathing patterns, ie when you are giving it the beans from A2B which equates to less back pressure, less dampness in the filter, improved filtration, lower inhalation resistance all of which result in improved comfort and performance.

The CiNQRO™ package incorporates a complete mask fitted with a Hepa-Type particle filter for filtering submicron particles like diesel smoke, pollen, brake lining dust and any aqueous water vapor particles that can carry various chemicals in the air. A spare DACC chemical/particle filter is also supplied as part of the package allowing filter interchangeability making the CiNQRO™ mask suitable for use in a wider variety of environments from inner cities to the countryside.

A graphics rebuild for the look of the mask fits it squarely in the sports arena rather than the ‘scare the hell out of everyone’ arena.

Q: What size particles does the Techno™ mask filter out?

A:The Techno™ filter has sub-micron filtration capability. What this means is that it is able to trap particles less than one micron in size which is more than capable of the removal of 2.5 micron particulate material (PM).

Typically particulate pollution in the cities appears to be in the 2.5 micron size range and above. Particles smaller than this are known as respirable dusts, which can lodge deep within the lungs and air sacs. This is the more dangerous type of particle pollution as chemicals from vehicle exhaust gases combustion known to be toxic, are carried by means of the respirable particles. Hence the need for a Hepa-type submicron particle filter.

The DACC Activated charcoal layer within the Techno™ filter has excellent adsorption properties when it comes to SO2 and NO2 uptakes. With this capability and its capability of filtering VOC’s it is the best filter available in our range for dealing with the broad spectrum of pollutants commonly found in major cities across the globe.

Q: Why is the Cinqro™ mask more expensive that the other masks?

A: The Cinqro™ package incorporates a complete mask fitted with a Hepa-Type particle filter for filtering submicron particles like diesel smoke. A spare DACC chemical/particle filter is also supplied as part of the package allowing filter interchangeability.
For improved air flow and comfortability, two Powa Elite™ valves are included with the Cinqro™ mask. They improve air flow characteristics when breathing out at elevated breathing patterns. This equates to less back pressure, less dampness in the filter, improved filtration, lower inhalation resistance all of which result in improved comfort and performance.

A graphics rebuild for the look of the mask fits it squarely in the sports arena rather than the ‘scare the hell out of everyone’ arena.
Cinqro™ = mask + 2 filters + Powa Elite™ valves + graphics = value for money

Q: Are children’s masks available?

A: Our concern in providing masks for children is that the size variation in children is so wide, that a ‘childs’ mask will not fit the range of sizes that children come in.

A 3-year-old will not require the same mask sizes as a 7 -to 10-year-old. We do not recommend the use of face masks for children younger than 11 years, but to seek alternative ‘common sense’ precautions ie hood on push chairs, keep away from large congested or dense traffic environments; if you cannot, then place something in front of their faces more like a guard to prevent air/wind/ polluted air from direct contact. Children’s breathing rates are considerably lower that that of a walking adult so they should not be in too much danger. Generally common sense practice where at all possible should be considered. If a child has a particular respiratory issue then medical advice should be considered first and foremost.

The small Respro® Allergy™ mask is the smallest size available and useable by very small adults and older children above the age of 10 years.

Q: How often should I replace my mask filter?

A: You should replace your mask cushion periodically because as it becomes worn, it becomes less effective.
The life of a mask cushion depends on use, the oils from your skin, and cleaning. It is always a good idea to inspect your mask routinely; poor care may adversely affect the fit of the cushion and thus performance.

To get the longest life from your mask, be sure to wash your face each night before putting on your mask, and wash your mask after each use. Use only mild soap, nothing with perfumes, moisturizers, antibacterial agents, bleaches, etc, Always dry your mask and cushion out of direct sunlight.

Poor performance is often the first clue that your cushion may need replacement. Check for small tears or pinholes, anything that might cause a leak. Household pets have been known to damage cushions by playing with them and so have children, so you may want to keep your mask out of reach. Also, be sure you don’t leave your mask somewhere that receives direct sunlight during the day.

Q: How do I choose the best mask to suit me?

A: It is important to pick a mask that is comfortable and does not place pressure on the sensitive areas of the face, the nasal bridge, and upper lip.

Q: Why do I need a anit-pollution mask?

A: There are countless good reasons to own a pollution maks However, if you have never tried using a particle mask or have only seen doctors and carpenters wearing them, you might be skeptical. But have you ever said to yourself “I shouldn’t be breathing this”? Our modern world is filled with environmental hazards. Pollution has become a fact of life in certain areas. Some home cleaning products contain powerful chemicals. Brake dust from automobiles is filled with harmful particles. Travelling on an airplane or train exposes your body to countless unseen hazards. Wearing a vogmask will give you peace of mind. Your air is pure. Also, there are reasons to wear a vogmask that aren’t related its incredible filtering efficiency: In cold weather, a vogmask provides an unexpected layer of warmth. In urban settings a vogmask gives you peace of mind, knowing that the air you are breathing is pure and clean. Also, many people cherish the anonymity of wearing a vogmask. How do you cover up?

Q: Will a breathing mask prevent me from getting sick?

A:Just as doctors and nurses wear masks to prevent inhaling or spreading germs, wearing a mask keeps certain airborne particles out of your nose, mouth and lungs and does provide significant protection. However, exposure to illness is still possible. Filtering is more efficient when a mask is fitted properly. Follow directions on package.

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