Disinfecting Your Face Shield
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Once clean, put on some clean disposable gloves so you don't put any fingerprints or contaminants on your face shield after disinfecting.
Remove Visible Marks
Clean your face shield of any fingerprints or marks by following the steps in this article.
Option 1: Use a Pocket UV-C Sanitizer
Your face shield can be disinfected using a UV-C light device such as our "Pocket UV-C Sanitizer".
Starting in the top left corner, direct the UV-C light at the face shield from a 3cm distance. Hold for 5-10 seconds, before moving onto the next un-exposed surface area. Repeat for the entire face shield, focusing on the front.
Optional: Repeat the UV-C sanitizing process on the foam and elastic strap.
For more information, read “How to Sanitize With UV-C Light”.
Option 2: Disinfectant Solution
If you do not own a UV-C sanitizer, you can use a disinfectant solution, following the steps below.
1. Spray With Disinfectant
Avoiding the foam and elastic strap, use a disinfectant solution to spray the front of the face shield until saturated.
Leave the disinfectant solution on the face shield for 5-10 mins*.
*Check your specific disinfectant for recommended contact time duration.
2. Wash Away Disinfectant
Continuing to avoid the foam and elastic strap, run the face shield under tap water to remove the disinfectant solution.
3. Dry Face Shield
- Leave on a clean, flat surface to air dry, or
- Pat down with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel, or
- Hang on a coat hanger or clothing rack until completely dry.
Notice streaks after disinfecting and drying?
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to remove any remaining disinfectant residue.
What is "contact time"?
In this article, contact time is referred to as the duration that a disinfectant solution needs to remain on a surface. This ensures the solution properly disinfects the surface.
Disinfectants’ recommended contact time can vary due to concentration and chemical compounds in the solution, so be sure to check your chosen disinfectant’s instructions and warnings prior to use.
What kind of disinfectant should you use?
The CDC recommends a chlorine-based disinfectant (0.1% chlorine solution) over other solutions such as alcohol or bleach, as these may damage and discolour plastic and can deteriorate glues over time.
Can you just use disinfecting wipes instead?
Yes, if you are using your face shield in a commercial or low risk setting you may choose to disinfect your face shield using a disinfecting wipe (ideally alcohol-free).
A full disinfection (following Steps 1 to 3) is still recommended after a few regular uses, or if you have been exposed to a higher risk situation.
For healthcare workers, the full disinfection method is recommended on a regular basis (ie: everyday, after every shift, as recommended by your workplace).
Will this remove scuffs and scratches?
While some scuffs may be removed by following this disinfection process, it will not be effective against physical scratches from general use.
Scuffs and scratches may lessen the effectiveness of your shield.
This may be an indicator that it is time for a replacement - purchase a new one.
What is the best way to store your face shield?
Between uses, it is recommended to store your disinfected face shield in a clean, clear box, labeled with your name to avoid cross contamination with others.
- CDC Strategies for optimizing the supply of eye protection
- CDC Operational considerations for personal protective equipment
- Government of Canada Hand washing guidelines
- Public Health Ontario Cleaning and disinfection for public settings
- BC Ministry of Health Cleaning and disinfection instructions for eye/facial protection