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Face Guard FAQs

Face Guard - Pollution Scarf:
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CYCL Face Guard Pollution Scarf?
An anti-pollution filter and scarf in one, Face Guard Pollution Scarf provides protection from smog, dust, and allergens whilst keeping your neck warm. A nanofiber membrane is integrated into the scarf which filters particles and pollution.
Designed with comfort, utility and everyday use in mind; it has an adjustable nose strip and elastic closure to provide minimal air leakage for any face shape. 

How does the scarf sit securely on my face?
When designing, close attention was paid to nose-cheek and below-chin parts. The construction of the scarf insures that there are no gaps, thanks to the overall shape, elements, length and other design characteristics.

The scarf fits and sits well. It means the air goes only through the part with the nanofiber membrane, which is placed in the front area. The overall functionality and efficiency was tested by independent laboratories and those results are even better than for N95 masks.

Will the outer filter layer ever get "clogged up" my pollutants?
If this happens, the solution is easy. The whole scarf, including the nanofiber filter inside, is washable. Hand wash from time to time if you notice any build up, hang to dry and you're good to go. We recommend that you hand wash with water temperature under 30C and air dry only. Use a gentle soap but do not use fabric conditioner as this could impact the effectiveness of the product. Do not iron. 

Will the fabric's filtration properties wear down over time, or with washing?
You can hand wash the CYCL Pollution Scarf any time. The nanofiber filter is washable, which is one of its best benefits. The efficiency of the nanofiber filter will decrease over time depending on the environment and how frequently you use it and wash it. You can count on perfect pollution protection for 7-12 months (or up to 50 washes). We recommend that you hand wash with water temperature under 30C and air dry only. Use a gentle soap but do not use fabric conditioner or iron as this could impact the effectiveness of the product. 

Do I need to replace the nanofiber filter? If so, how often?
You don't have to worry about buying any filters with the CYCL Pollution Scarf. The technology is washable so we recommend hand washing occasionally. The filter's lifetime really depends on the environment and how often you use it. You can count on perfect pollution protection for 7-12 months (or up to 50 washes).

What are the washing instructions?
Wash sparingly when needed. This will be dependent on how often you wear the product. When not in use, store separately from other items. The scarf if washable - we recommend to hand wash under 30C using a gentle soap. Do not use fabric conditioner or iron the product as this may impact the effectiveness of the product. Leave to dry naturally. You can count on perfect pollution protection for 7-12 months (or up to 50 washes).

What are BFE, VFE and PFE, and what is the importance of them? 
According to the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), masks need to pass various filtration efficiency tests before they are launched on the market and be clearly marked on the packaging. Most masks in the United States pass the Nelson Laboratory Standard to test the filter rate of masks. 

European, Taiwan and Japanese masks are tested with BFEW and VFEW particulate filter rate results. 

Standard For Particle Size
BFE (bacteria filtration efficiency) 3 microns
VFE (virus filtration efficiency)  0.1-5 microns (average 2.8 microns)

The different particulate filtration rates of the mask are generally represented as percentages. VFE is the highest filtration rate standard. Pay attention to the percentage of relevant standards before purchasing. The higher the number, the more it can block more particles in the air. According to the standards, only the BFE test is not sufficient to block the virus from droplets, and it is better if the VFE is marked as 95% or more. 

The nanofiber membrane in the Face Guard Pollution Scarf has been tested according to ASTM F2100 and EN 14683.

Check out our Technical Sheet for more information about the nanofiber filter system. 

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