Having a face mask is only half the battle. Taking the steps to ensure your mask is properly sanitized and cared for is equally as important. Some masks may come with care instructions, which should be followed. For those that don’t come with guidelines, we have some basics to follow. Bear in mind, these tips emphasize standard washing and drying, which are far more effective at killing germs and promoting longevity than throwing them in the microwave or boiling them in hot water, methods that could affect the longevity, breathability, and antimicrobial finish (if applicable) of your mask. Read more to learn about the right way to clean and preserve your cloth mask.