Peter Smanjak

Scuba Fabric Protective Face Masks (Approved)


The scuba material is a layered, lightweight stretch fabric that is more protective than cotton material masks. The mask can be washed over 100 times depending on everyday use.  Made in South Africa as part of a social community project.

Scuba Fabric Reusable Face Mask

Scuba fabric is a type of double knit made from 94% polyester and 6% spandex, with a very fine gauge thread, and smooth texture.  It’s a little springy, very smooth and has an amazing stretch to it. Scuba fabric should not be confused with neoprene which is a thicker synthetic rubber and fabric hybrid that is more durable, flexible and is often used for wetsuits. Neoprene is DuPont’s trademark of this substance, which is known as polychloroprene.

The material is a layered, lightweight stretch fabric. The mask can be washed over 100 times depending on everyday use. Masks are multi-coloured and depending on supply while masking the nation, changes daily. The ‘Snug Fitting’ of the masks protects the airways from airborne germs which otherwise could be inhaled. The mask does not have any medical certificates because only face masks are considered protective equipment and do NOT require medical certification unless they are meant for medical use. 

The mask provides a soft and comfortable fit that works better at protecting viral droplets from entering your mouth and nasal passages.  Given the popular designs, the masks sell quickly. The range changes almost bi-weekly and is such is updated regularly, however keeping up with demand and supply is our focus. The popular Snake Skin Printed fabric, plain colours, lace designs and others are available.

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Textile barrier efficiency and air permeability test results

Test method: Barrier efficiency test based on ISO14644 – adapted to measure the efficiency of textile fabrics and filter materials for use in cloth face masks to be used during COVID-19 pandemic. (The purpose of these masks is to prevent transmission of small respiratory droplets from the wearer to the environment. Cloth masks are not PPE). The test method is based on the attainment of a 5 micron particle count after transmission of an air stream through the sample and an air flow rating that represents the air permeability of the sample.

Dept. of Chemistry and Polymer Science, University of Stellenbosch

Rating:  Results are rated on a 4-point scale as shown below to prevent misinterpretation.

  1. Very poor (0-25% )
  2. Poor (25-50%)
  3. Good (50-75%)
  4. Excellent (75-100%)


  1. Barrier rating 5 micron:  The scuba material scored a 4 .
  2. Air flow rating: The scuba material scored a 4 .


Important Note

  • On receipt of your mask, hand wash with normal washing soap, allow to dry and wear.
  • Ideally when washing to steam iron out any potential pathogens.
  • Be sure to iron scuba on a low setting, this fabric will mark or even melt if iron too hot. The fabric is thick, so extra attention to pressing will give the best results.
  • Wash scuba garments at 30 or 40 degrees and avoid the tumble dryer, high temperatures will damage scuba fabric.
  • After every use don’t forget to wash and iron with steam to destroy the bacteria that might have collected on the mask! Always use an ironing cloth when ironing the mask.
  • No return policy and refunds accepted due to hygiene factors.

The Benefit of Wearing a Mask


“Everyone in SA should wear a cloth mask in public.”
– Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, 10 April 2020



These non-surgical fabric masks are made from a woven double-layer of fabric. These face masks are not guaranteed to prevent you from contracting the Coronavirus however studies have shown they minimise your risk. Their purpose is to prevent coughing and sneezing onto other people thereby contaminating others; to lessen hand-mouth contact, and to respect social distancing. The masks:

  • will help you not to touch your face
  • will protect from others’ sneezes
  • will deter spontaneous, unwanted kisses

Further References

  1. A. Davies et alTesting the efficacy of homemade masks: Would they protect in an influenza pandemic? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Vol. 7, August 2013, p. 413. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2013.43.
  2. M. van der Sande, P. Teunis and R. Sabel. Professional and home-made face masks reduce exposure to respiratory infections among the general populationPLOS ONE. Published online July 9, 2008. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002618
  3. Centre for Disease Control in the USA has put out a statement that all should wear masks in public areas. Read more here.


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