Now more than ever, medical masks are being used every day for more than first responders. Those on the front lines need them during every moment at work. A quick trip to the grocery store or to the doctor requires a facial covering to prevent the spread of germs.
The market for medical face masks is expected to rise through 2026.
More manufacturers are stepping up to make more product to make ends meet. The companies making these masks need to use the best raw materials out there for making masks.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about raw materials used for face mask production.
Outer & Inner Layer
In disposable face masks, medical masks, and KN95/N95 masks, you will find that the nonwoven spunbond polypropylene materials are ideal for the outer and inner layers of the mask.
The nonwoven spunbond polypropylene is a breathable material. This allows for splash resistance on the outer layer. It is useful as the inner layer because it is absorbent and whisks moisture away from the face.
The middle layer between the two pieces of nonwoven spunbond polypropylene is made of a nonwoven meltblown fabric.
The meltblown fabric in mask production acts as the filtration mechanism between the layers of nonwoven spun-bonded polypropylene that helps to prevent the spread of germs.
In addition to that, you will find that it supplies shielding, oil absorption, and heat insulation. It is ideal for filtering air and liquid particles making it a good raw material to incorporate into mask making.
Masks without a filtration system cannot help to protect the mask wearer from the potential risk of infection. In some versions of the medical mask on the market, you may find that they incorporate a double-layered meltblown fabric for more support and protection.
This is seen in the KN95 that has a 5-ply make-up where more protection is necessary.
Ear Loop & Nose Bridge
We understand that all of these face masks are the same size while everyone has a different face and/or head shape, so some features help to adjust it to a customized fit via the elastic ear loop and the wire nose bridge.
The elastic ear loop is made out of nylon and spandex material. It is a little roped strand that has enough give to make it a one-size-fits-all face mask. The nose wire bridge helps to create an adjustable fit by clamping around the nose as needed to hold it in place.
Face Mask Production
When it comes to face mask production, no expenses should be spared. These products are tested repeatedly to make sure they are using the best materials in mask production.
The safety of others is at stake when mask wearers are not using masks that contain the right products. We can help you to make sure that you are using the proper materials in the creation of your masks.
You can purchase the best raw materials for mask production when you buy from RDI Medical. Feel free to contact RDI Medical today to learn more about each of our products and services.