Instructions

Cleaning and Disinfection

Airgami is made of durable, waterproof materials that can last a month or more of daily use, include rinsing, drying, and heat disinfection.

Heat destroys many viruses, bacteria and spores. Although the methods described herein have been tested and proven effective in the literature, Air99 does not warrant that our customers following these procedures will be able to neutralize all infectious agents that might contaminate an Airgami mask.

WARNING

RISK OF MELTING! DO NOT PLACE AIRGAMI ON OR NEAR A SURFACE THAT EXCEEDS 194°F (90°C). These can include heating elements in a conventional oven and the microwave plate in a microwave oven.

DISCARD AND DO NOT REUSE YOUR AIRGAMI IF IT SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF HAVING MELTED. PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH support@air99.life.

Every Airgami is disinfected in a dry heat oven for 30 minutes at 176°F (80°C) before being hermetically sealed in a poly-bag and packaged for shipment.

Home cooking equipment is different from our factory equipment. Air99 does not warrant against damage by following any of the instructions herein.

As a rule of thumb, if it's hotter than steam, it'll be hot enough to melt Airgami.

UV, Isopropyl Alcohol, Soap, Bleach Disinfection

DO NOT DISINFECT WITH UV, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, SOAP, OR BLEACH. THESE DAMAGE THE FILTER ELECTROSTATICS.

Rinsing

Airgami is waterproof. Freshen your mask between uses by rinsing it in clean tap water and then air-dry it on a clean surface or paper towel.

Conventional Oven

This method uses dry heat to disinfect Airgami.

  • Airgami will be going on the middle rack, so remove any top racks so that they can't touch Airgami.
  • Pre-heat oven to 176°F (80°C) on Bake.
  • Place Airgami on a clean aluminum foil or steel pan and then onto the middle rack.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool.

WARNING

Keep Airgami away from the oven's heating elements! These can melt Airgami as the oven is heating up. Only use this method in a pre-heated, temperature-calibrated oven.

Microwave Oven Disinfection

This method uses steam to disinfect Airgami.
  • Microwave oven must have a power rating of between 1,100 Watts and 1,500 Watts.
  • Rinse Airgami thoroughly under cool tap water.
  • Place wet Airgami onto several wet paper towels and place all that onto a cold microwaveable turntable or microwaveable plate.
  • Run the microwave oven on high power setting for 3 minutes.
  • Allow hot towels to cool before handling. Remove Airgami from oven and and air dry.

WARNINGS

  • DRY TOWELS WILL CATCH FIRE IN A MICROWAVE. MAKE SURE TOWELS ARE THOROUGHLY DAMP OR WET.
  • Not all microwave ovens are the same. Stop immediately if the respirator deforms or begins to melt.
  • Do not microwave on a surface that is already hot to the touch -- it could get even hotter and melt Airgami.

Instant Pot Cooker

  • Rinse Airgami thoroughly.
  • Place Airgami in Instant Pot on wire platform. Airgami can be wet or dry.
  • Select the Slow Cook program.
  • Program the cooker for 30 minutes.
  • Turn off the Keep Warm function.
  • Allow Instant Pot program to run to completion.
  • Remove Airgami and air dry if damp.

The Instant Pot Slow Cook Low Heat function heats at 180°F - 190°F (82°C - 87.8°C).

Literature

Decontamination of surgical face masks and N95 respirators by dry heat pasteurization for one hour at 70°C, published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) concludes that surgical face masks and N95 respirators can be disinfected in dry heat. 

Microwave-Generated Steam Decontamination of N95 Respirators Utilizing Universally Accessible Materials, decontaminates an N95 mask by microwave steaming it for 3 minutes over a bowl of water. The microwave oven should be between 1,100W to 1,500W.

Inactivation of coronaviruses by heat, destroys a long list of different coronaviruses with 176°F (80°C) heat, including SARS, MERS, and MHV strains.

 

Paper Instructions PDF