Clean and Disinfect

We recommend rinsing and air-drying Airgami after each usage, and heat disinfection after suspected exposure to viruses. The filtration material used in Airgami can meet 95% filtration efficiency after the equivalent of 48 cycles of heat disinfections.

Disclaimer

The heat disinfection methods described here come from scientific publications. Air99 does not warrant that our customers following these procedures will be able to neutralize all infectious agents coming into contact with Airgami.

Warning

DO NOT PLACE AIRGAMI ON A SURFACE THAT EXCEEDS 212°F (100°C).

DO NOT REUSE AIRGAMI IF IT SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF MELTING OR BURNING.

What Not to Use

DO NOT DISINFECT WITH UV, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, SOAP, OR BLEACH. These damage filtration materials.

Rinse and Air-Dry

Airgami can be rinsed thoroughly under potable water and air-dried after each use.

Please wait until Airgami is completely dry before using it again as the effectiveness of the filtration materials is reduced when wet.

Heat Disinfection Using Conventional Oven

Precautions: Keep Airgami away from the oven's heating elements, which can melt Airgami. Only use this method in a pre-heated, temperature-calibrated oven.

Steps:

  1. Airgami will be placed onto the middle rack. Remove any top racks that might touch Airgami.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 176°F (80°C) on Bake.
  3. Place Airgami on a clean aluminum foil or steel pan and then onto the middle rack.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove Airgami promptly and allow it to cool.

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.

Heat Disinfection Using Pressure Cooker Such As Instant Pot

Program Instant Pot:

  • Press "Slow Cook" button multiple times until the "Less" indicator is illuminated. This corresponds to a temperature range of 180 - 190°F (82 - 88°C).
  • Program the timer for 30 minutes.

Steps:

  1. Rinse Airgami thoroughly.
  2. Place Airgami (wet or dry) on the wire platform and close the lid.
  3. Turn on "Slow Cook" and turn off "Keep Warm".
  4. Allow program to run to completion.
  5. Remove Airgami and allow it to air-dry if damp.

Heat Disinfection Using Microwave Oven

Precautions: 

  • The disinfection action comes from the steam.
  • Make sure everything you put inside the microwave has sufficient water content. DRY TOWELS WILL BURN IN A MICROWAVE. 
  • Monitor carefully while the microwave is running.
  • Stop and remove all items inside the microwave immediately if any burning odor is detected.

Steps:

  1. Rinse Airgami thoroughly under potable water.
  2. Place the wet Airgami onto a thoroughly wet paper towel on the microwave turntable.
  3. For microwaves rated at 1,100 W to 1,150 W, run for 3 minutes on high power.
  4. Remove Airgami and allow it to air-dry.

Literature

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

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 1,150W.

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