Did you know that Oly*fun is Oly*Functional?

Olyfun Non-woven material
Oly*fun non-woven material can be used for a variety of projects. As a non-woven it is similar to the material used in surgical masks, however, Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.

***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***
A one-ply sheet of Oly*fun is 65GSM, whereas commercially manufactured surgical masks are typically made of 3-ply 25GSM non-woven with additional filtration added.

While nothing is guaranteed to provide 100% virus protection, in these difficult times when the CDC is requesting public assistance in making masks and surgical gowns Oly*fun nonwoven may be used in the making of disposable facemasks and gowns.

Oly*fun is available online in bolts 60″ wide – 10 yards long, and in many Walmart stores while supplies last. Oly*fun is also available in 30″ wide and 3 yards long rolls. Each roll could make up to 50 face masks.

***Please note – Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.***

***Homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***

HCP {healthcare personnel} use of homemade masks:
In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE {personal protective equipment}, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face. {source of quote at cdc.gov}

 

Below are several tutorials we have collected to guide you through making your own facemasks.

Fabric Patch – How to make a face mask.

Deaconess – How to make a Face Mask

https://www.deaconess.com/SpecialPages/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask?fbclid=IwAR1H25JhviFlqeBjj-LEwCUCGNf-PbJcst4fHxcnXOThUqoTk6CVQ8cuyRM

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10 thoughts on “Did you know that Oly*fun is Oly*Functional?”

  1. Amanda says:

    Are you suggesting the mask should be made using olyfun for a one time use or can it be used as a liner in a cotton fabric mask?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Hi Amanda,
      We cannot offer guidance in that area as Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for specific medical use. Its effectiveness as a germ barrier is unknown.
      What we do know is that in this time of crisis and shortage of traditional medical protective gear, many people are purchasing Oly*fun to create their own DIY facemasks and gowns.

      We must stress again, that homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.
      A one-ply sheet of Oly*fun is 65GSM, whereas commercially manufactured surgical masks are typically made of 3-ply 25GSM non-woven with additional filtration added.

  2. Margot C Beebe says:

    Here’s a different style mask pattern – one that can be worn over the N95 mask. The hospital website provides a 3 page PDF with instructions and pattern. Please consider adding this to your blog entry. (ASAP)

    https://www.fairfieldworld.com/did-you-know-that-olyfun-is-olyfunctional/

    hospital website:
    https://www.phoebehealth.com/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus/mask-production

    This is the hospital near Albany GA where there was a large outbreak of COVID-19.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Thank you, We will add these to our list.

  3. Amanda says:

    If we use this in face masks, can it be laundered? I want to make sure that it will be reusable if put in a dryer.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun is not meant to be laundered.
      We recommend Oly*fun for temporary or disposable use.

      If using for facemasks they should be considered disposable facemasks.

      If using as the filter component in a cotton facemask, The Oly*fun insert would be disposable and should not be used multiple times.

  4. Carol says:

    I made several face masks using the only fun fabric. Can I not spray with soap and wash in hot water? I am using this for personal use when grocery shopping. I did wash one this way and it appeared to be fine.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun can be hand washed with soap & hot water.

      Please take a look at the information that was provided by the Denver Mask Task Force.
      Here’s a link to the Denver Mask task force-

      Here’s what they have to say regarding washing the oly*fun filter-

      Washing/Sterilizing Instructions

      Autoclave Sterilization: The melting point for our polypropylene filter is 320°F. Standard operating temperature for Heat Autoclaves is 250°F. We recommend masks be double bagged, freestanding on stainless tray with minimal water added. If your mask includes elastic straps, they may not withstand autoclave sterilization. The WHO recommends heating to greater than 212°F for 2 min.

      Home Sterilizing Instructions:
      Oly-fun filter material should not be soaked long term in water. You can wash gently and air dry. The preferred method to sterilize them is to put them inside a freezer-weight Ziploc and drop them in a pot of boiling water for 15+ minutes.​ ​Instapot instructs to place items in silicone/metal steamer, on steam function with 750ml water. Newer models have dedicated sanitize button.

      Home Washing Instructions (for personal use)
      Gentle Wash & Air Dry – in this case, soap rather than heat is used to remove the virus from the fabric.

  5. Farrah says:

    Is oly-fun spunbond or meltblown?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun is meltblown non-woven material.

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