1. Do Arpe masks have more protection against bacterial filtration than FPP2?

The masks manufactured by ARPE have been verified following the regulation UNE 0065: 2020 standard for hygienic masks. Whichdefines the requirements and test methods for the use of masks, and its purpose is to reduce the risk of spreading infections, particularly in epidemic or pandemic situations. According to these tests, our SKUT-0 masks have a bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) of 92%, a differential pressure of 29 Pa / cm2 and have no resistance to splashes (Kpa).

This standard verifies the filtering capacity of masks from the inside to the outside. They protect from the inside to the outside to prevent the transmission of infectious agents to the environment from the person wearing the mask. But they are not personal protective equipment (PPE), they are not intended to protect from the outside to the inside.

The UNE EN 149: 2001 + A1 Standard specifies the minimum requirements to be met by filtering masks used as respiratory protection devices against particles and classifies them according to their performance and internal leakage to the inside in three classes; FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 single use or reusable.

That is to say, there is no possible equivalence between one and another type of mask, because some are used to protect from inside to outside (UNE14683) and the others, from outside to inside (UNE149). Currently, the masks manufactured by ARPE model SKUT-0, we know that they have a high filtration capacity to the outside (92%) and we are awaiting the results of filtration from the outside to the inside.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of surgical masks (according to UNE14683) to the general population, to reduce the spread of the pandemic, in the context of COVID-19. Although it also highlights that the use of a mask is not enough to provide a sufficient level of protection, so it also recommends strictly complying with hand hygiene and social distance measures. The WHO recommends that FFP2 masks are assigned to healthcare professionals.

2. Is daily use of masks recommended?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of surgical masks UNE14683 to the general population in order to reduce the spread of the pandemic in the context of COVID-19. Although it also underlines that the use of a mask is not enough to provide protection. It also recommends strict compliance with frequent hand-cleaning with water and social distance measures.

3. How many times can you wash it?

The UNE 0065 specification for reusable hygienic masks for adults and children from 3 years old, first published in late April 2020, says that the mask must be able to withstand at least 5 complete cycles of washes at 60ºC and drying. That is why, after the process, each manufacturer must certify that their masks meet the required criteria.

In Arpe, we have requested the wash cycle tests to an accredited laboratory, to ensure that we comply with the established specifications. The results obtained have been very favorable: we can confirm that our mask specifications perfectly resist and endure up to at least 20 washing cycles, which implies a much lower environmental impact than using 20 disposable masks. That is why we want to inform you that our masks meet and exceed the established requirements.

4. Can it be used for several days without washing?

The UNE 0065 specification for reusable hygienic masks for adults and children from the age of 3, first published at the end of April 2020, states that the maximum continuous duration or use of masks, for reasons of comfort and hygiene, should not exceed 4 hours. The mask should be washed every time it gets dirty, gets wet or after each use.

5. Can disinfectant be used?

We do not recommended it. The disinfectant will certainly not damage the mask, but may be toxic by inhalation. It is better to use hot water and neutral soap. We also do not recommend using ovens and microwaves as sanitizers.

6. How often is it possible to wash the mask at 60º until the fabric shrinks?

All tissues have some dimensional instability. That is to say that they can shrink somewhat after the first washing but it will be minimal, because the fabric has already been subjected to an industrial washing at a higher temperature. The lab results say that it can shrink between 0 -1.5% maximum.

7. Should they be washed separately?

Yes, we recommend washing them separately. In the case of full color printed masks, we also recommend to wash them separately before the first use to avoid possible color transfer or dye loss.

8. Are surgical masks individually packed in polybag bags as standard packaging?

No, the standard packaging is a package of 25 pcs. If you want individual packaging (polybag), labeling or cardboard with indications. Check our pricelists.

9. Is the custom satin label always attached to the bottom of each mask?

As a general rule, all masks will be labelled with the manu-facturer’s name Manufacturas Arpe SL without any additio- nal cost, except otherwise indicated in writing by the client.The label will contain the website www.arpebarcelona.com, VAT number, fabric’s composition and washing instructions with the registered washing symbols. Any modification in the label will have an additional cost

10. Is it possible to add the address of the company that is going to distribute the masks?

If you wish, we can include a sticker printed in full color for a better customized packaging. Available sizes: 48x25mm, 42x70mm, 97x67mm. Check our pricelists.

11. Is the mask made with 3 layers: CN outside – GR-middle – GR+-internal?

Yes, the layers are the following ones: 1st outer layer fabric reference CN + 2nd layer fabric intermediate GR + 3rd layer fabric interior GR. Any other combination has not been analyzed. Fabric description:

  • Ref. CN: It is a double-knitted fabric, 20 gauge and 165g / m2 weight, made of 100% multifilament polyester and internally known as “Canalé”.
  • Ref. GR: It is a double-knitted knit, 20 gauge and 150g / m2 weight, 100% polyester multifilament composition and internally known as “Granito”.

13. Is it possible to customize the color bias binding?

No, the available colors are black and white, exceptionally if the delivery time and quantity allow it could be in another color. You should check it with your sales agent (approx. 60 days).

14. Does the mask include some metal part?

Our masks do not include any metal parts.

15. If there is no metal, is it possible to put the mask in the microwave?

You should not put the mask in the microwave. In the case of reuse we recommend washing them at least at 60 C.

16. Is the printing process in sublimation?

Yes, we use this stamping technique also called digital printing.

17. Can you send the templates?

Once the order is confirmed, we can send the template to build the design.

18. Is it possible to print the bias binding?

It’s not possible.

19. Is it possible to receive samples?

Yes, they are already available. Check our pricelists.