faqs - because you've got questions
About the BUFF® Filter Mask
While wearing the BUFF® Filter Mask with the Replacement Filter, does it protect me against COVID-19?
The BUFF® Filter Mask acts as a physical barrier to reduce the transmission of airborne particulate by the wearer. When worn and used correctly, the 3-layer BUFF® Replaceable Filter system offers 98% filtration efficiency and high breathability. However, the BUFF® Filter Mask is not certified or intended to be used as a medical-grade face mask or personal protective equipment. BUFF® does not produce or claim to produce products that prevent disease, illness, or the spread of viruses.
Does the BUFF® Filter Mask worn with the Replacement Filter, protect from the potential spread of COVID-19 to others?
BUFF® Replacement Filters meet the performance requirements of the harmonised standard EN 14683:2019 + AC, with regard to Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE%) and Differential Pressure (Pa/cm²) (Breathability), obtaining the Type I and II classification. However, the BUFF® Filter Mask is not certified or intended to be used as a medical-grade face mask or personal protective equipment. BUFF® does not produce or claim to produce products that prevent disease, illness, or the spread of viruses.
What is HEIQ V-BLOCK® treatment?
HeiQ V-block NPJ03 fabric treatment is applied to the inside mesh filter pocket of the BUFF® Filter Mask, helping to reduce the build-up of bacteria and germs.
Can I compare the performance provided by the filters used with the BUFF® Filter Mask with a Surgical Mask?
BUFF® Replacement Filters meet Bacterial Filtration Efficiency and breathability standard type I and II of the standard EN14683:2019 for Medical face masks.
Are there any other BUFF® products with tested filters as the BUFF® Filter mask?
The BUFF® Filter Mask is the only BUFF® Brand product with an accredited laboratory tested filter. While our Multifunctional Headwear products cover the entire front of the face (nose, mouth, chin, and neck), but are not intended for use to protect against infection or to avoid infecting others - and are not certified as medical-grade devices or Personal Protective Equipment.
Is BUFF® Filter Mask breathable?
Yes, highly breathable and comfortable for everyday active use when chosen to be worn with or without the BUFF® Replacement Filter. The BUFF® Replacement Filter meets breathability performance requirements obtaining type I and II classification of the standard EN14683:2019 for Medical Face Masks.
When should I wear BUFF® Filter Mask?
Worldwide, face masks have become an essential accessory for daily activities like grocery shopping, using public transport or going for a run. Considering the exceptional situation we are living these days, we recommend wearing your BUFF® Filter Mask when visiting businesses, closed spaces, when using public transport, and at certain workplaces (other than healthcare and similar) when involve physical proximity to many other people. However, we strongly recommend you follow your local safety guidelines and regional authority instructions.
When can/should I wear the BUFF® Filter Mask?
The BUFF® Filter Mask is designed with purpose and built for all-day active use. We listened and then went to work - reengineering the fit, function, and needs of a filter mask - and the technical ease of how to protect yourself and others while staying active.
Can I wear the BUFF® Filter Mask in hot weather?
Yes; BUFF® Filter Mask is made with our CoolNet UV+® fabric which is lightweight, breathable and features HeiQ Smart Temp cooling technology.
Cleaning and Care
How do I clean the BUFF® Filter Mask?
Upon removing the 3-Layer BUFF® Replaceable Filter, it is recommended to wash the BUFF® Filter Mask with hot water to ensure total disinfection. Care instructions are: Machine-wash safe at 60ºC/130ºF. Recommended delicate cycle and less than 30 mins washing program.
Do not use fabric softeners
Do not bleach
Do not machine dry
Do not dry clean
Do not iron
How often it is necessary to wash my BUFF® Filter Mask?
The frequency in which the BUFF® Filter Mask is washed is dependent upon the usage type and time, as well as the environment conditions where it is being used.
How to Wear
How do I put on my BUFF® Filter Mask in a secure way?
The BUFF® Filter Mask is worn properly by covering the nose, mouth and chin of the user. Face masks should mindfully be put on and taken off in order to prevent self-contamination.
How to wear step by step:
Before putting on the mask, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based solution.
Place the filter in the mask pocket with clean hands as instructed.
Properly place the mask against your face, ensuring it covers the area over you mouth and nose.
Place upper strap on head and adjust the mask on nose and ears.
Place on chin and adjust back of neck straps.
How do I adjust my BUFF® Filter Mask?
The BUFF® Filter Mask can be easily adjusted for a custom fit. Comfortable upper and lower back-of-head elastic straps are adjustable and eliminate discomfort behind the ears.
How many sizes of BUFF® Filter Mask are available?
The BUFF® Filter Mask fits most people and comes in two sizes : Adults and Kids
Does the BUFF® Filter Mask work with glasses?
Yes, the BUFF® Filter Mask is adjustable on the back of the head for an individual fit so you will be able to wear glasses comfortably. We strongly recommend that you adjust your BUFF® Filter Mask to avoid fogging of your glasses.
About the Replacement Filters
Are the BUFF® Replacement Filters certified?
BUFF® Replacement Filters have been tested by an accredited laboratory and meet the performance requirements of Bacterial Filtration Efficiency and breathability standard EN14683:2019 obtaining type I and II classification.
How do I place/insert a new filter?
Before handling the filter on your BUFF® Filter Mask, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based solution. Then, insert a new filter into the interior mesh pocket of the BUFF® Filter Mask. Ensure that the filter is completely flat and fitted into the shape of the inside pocket and does not protrude from the upper edge of the inside pocket.
How long can I use a filter before it needs to be replaced?
BUFF® Replacement Filters provide 98% Bacterial Filtration Efficiency up to 24 hours of use.
How many BUFF® Replacement Filters are included with the BUFF® Filter mask?
Each BUFF® Filter Mask includes five (5) BUFF® Replacement Filters.
Can I use other filters that are not from BUFF® ?
It is not recommended to use other filter other that the BUFF® Replacement Filter, as we cannot ensure the performance of the combination of the mask and the filter.
The BUFF® Filter Mask has been specifically designed to be worn with the BUFF® Replacement Filter to obtain maximum functionality and performance. The BUFF® Filter Mask incorporates an inside pocket created to perfectly fit the BUFF® Replacement Filter.
Manufactured by Ahlstrom-Munksjö with a special design to specifically fit the BUFF® Filter Mask - meeting the performance requirements of the harmonised standard EN 14683:2019 + AC, with regard to Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE%) and Differential Pressure (Pa/cm²) (Breathability), obtaining the Type I and II classification and have been packed in a clean room type according to the requests of the Standard EN ISO 13485 “Medical Devices. Quality Management System”.