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    Best way to clean mask skirts?

    Now I know why people LOVE all black masks. And here I thought you black face mask wearers just lacked personal style.

    I looked at my mask yesterday and the clear skirting around the face and in the nose pocket is starting to get, well, icky. By icky I mean there is a residue that can be scratched off and it looks cloudy.



    I always RINSE my mask thoroughly immediately after using it and allow it to air dry, but I don't use any soap products, so cool water will probably only do so much. After the mask is dried thoroughly, I store it in its clear plastic case.

    What can I use on the clear skirting sections to remove the residue and cloudiness? I don't want to start applying products arbitrarily.

    I can't remember the exact make/model of my mask. I know it was a 2008 low profile design. If this makes a difference, please let me know and I will post the make/model when I get home tonight.
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    Actually, black masks are preferred by photographers, because it blocks-out ambient light in our eyes and permits better focus.
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    I, too, will be interested in the answer, because I do have a couple clear-skirted masks with orange residue of some sort.
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    Try Soft Scrub.

    But this is the very reason why many prefer black-skirted masks... at some point, the discoloration happens to the clear silicon itself.

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    "At some point" usually meaning within a few months. I have two identical clear-skirt masks, one that I've used frequently, and one that has been out of its case maybe twice in its life. The unused one still looks brand new, with a clear, almost bluish tint. The once that's been used has definitely yellowed. But it hasn't affected the performance of the mask.

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    You might try scrubbing it gently with an extra-soft toothbrush.

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    Try running it through the dishwasher (top rack, no dry cycle), then apply a small amount of food grade silicone grease to the skirt.

    I've been doing this same routine since we bought my husband's mask 5 years ago and there's no yellowing at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeylemon View Post
    You might try scrubbing it gently with an extra-soft toothbrush.
    Yes, and use Crest regular toothpaste with it. Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenagirl View Post
    Try running it through the dishwasher (top rack, no dry cycle), then apply a small amount of food grade silicone grease to the skirt.

    I've been doing this same routine since we bought my husband's mask 5 years ago and there's no yellowing at all.
    I once ran some non-sticks pans through the dishwasher. When they came out they looked 'different' and not in a good way. Recently, I got lazy and decided to try the pot but this time I used the delicate cycle. The pot looks fine. Based on this, I'd recommend using the delicate cycle on your mask.

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    I like the toothpaste method have done it my self.

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    Try a mild bleach solution and soak it a few minutes. The silicon / glass is un-effected by the bleach. A rinse after with hot water should do the trick.

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