Using Oly*fun for face masks? What you need to know…

Olyfun Non-woven material

Several people have asked us is Oly*fun the same material used in surgical masks? The answer is… Sort-of. Oly-fun polypropylene 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. Most commercially manufactured surgical masks are made of 3-ply 25GSM non-woven, whereas Oly*fun is 65GMM. Commercially made masks often include an additional filtration barrier.

While no material is guaranteed to provide 100% virus protection, in these difficult times when the CDC is requesting public assistance in making masks and surgical gowns we feel that Oly*fun nonwoven will work well for making DIY facemasks.

Before setting out to make large quantities of masks, be sure that you have the exact pattern and specifications from the organization for which you are making.

***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***

12 thoughts on “Using Oly*fun for face masks? What you need to know…”

  1. Jeanne Acton 907-262-3262 says:

    I would like to speak with someone from your company please. I have spoken to customer service and would like someone in a management position.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Hi Jeanne,
      We have reached out to you via email for contact information.

  2. Carol says:

    I’m making face masks with sewn in filters of Oly fun. Will they be Dryer safe after washing?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Hi Carol, We do not recommend machine washing and drying of Oly*fun, as the material will break down after time.
      We are hearing that people are making disposable masks using Oly*fun nonwoven material
      Or using the Oly*fun as the disposable filter insert in Cotton masks.

      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipmen…and Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.***

  3. mary smetana says:

    Question: I purchased Oly Fun from Walmart on-line. Is the product quality of Oly Fun the same from Walmart as the fabric from your site (your site’s Oly fun craft pack Hot Fudge 65 GSM)? ( I purchased a bolt LFB06 sea green lot code Aug 2019 ) thank you in advance for your reply… Thanks for your products 🙂

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Yes, all Oly*fun is 65GSM

      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment. Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.***

  4. Jane says:

    Is there formaldehyde in the product? I couldn’t find an SDS on it; read that someone was having a reaction who is allergic to even trace amounts of formaldehyde

    1. Robin Dann says:

      There is no formaldehyde in Oly*fun.

  5. Libby Adams says:

    We are making hundreds of washable, reusable, pretty cotton face masks. They are not being made as disposable. What will happen to the Olyfun used as interfacing when it is washed and put in the dryer? Will this work, or do you totally not recommend them for this purpose?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      We have learned that several organizations are incorporated removable Oly*fun liners into washable cotton masks. The cotton masks can be sterilized, and the Oly*fun is disposed of after use, and replaced with new.
      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment. Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.***

  6. SONYA HILL says:

    I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION SINCE I NOW READ THE Q AND A ABOVE…I’M STILL MAKING MY MASKS BUT THIS TIME INSTEAD OF SEWING THE OLY FUN TO THE MASK I WILL MAKE A POCKET, SO MY QUESTION IS IF I USE IT STILL AS A FILTER BUT REMOVE DAILY , CAN I WASH IT AND REUSE IT IN THE MASK AND HOW MANY TIMES CAN I WASH IT BEFORE REPLACING IT WITH A NEW ONE….I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WANTS IT SO BAD…

    1. Robin Dann says:

      We would recommend replacing the piece in the pocket with a new piece of Oly*fun.
      Machine washing and drying are not recommended for Oly*fun. We feel that repeated washing and drying may break down the material.

      Please be advised that Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities. Its effectiveness as a germ barrier is unknown.***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment. ***

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