The skirts (face seals) and straps on all Snorkel-Mart.com
individual masks are made from silicone. The soft properties associated with
silicone allow for the face seal to easily and comfortably mould to
the contours of your face. In the past, mask skirts were made from
rubber, and they often became hardened and cracked with age. Silicone,
however, will remain supple and pliable for many years.
It is common for clear silicone masks to become a little discolored
over time. That once crystal-like appearance of the silicone will become
clouded and even opaque. Not to worry, this is merely a discoloration,
and it is normal. None of the silicone's other properties will be harmed.
A fresh-water rinse after each use in salt-water or a chlorine pool will
ensure that your silicone skirt remains as supple as the day you bought
Occasionally you may want to add a mild detergent to your fresh-water
rinse. A small amount of regular dish soap will do just fine. This is
a good practice after using your mask in an environment where residue,
such as sunscreen, comes into contact with your mask's silicone skirt.
A frustrating aspect of wearing a mask occurs when your lens repeatedly
fogs up under water. All new masks are notorious for fogging, and need
to be "primed" before the mask is worn. Priming the mask involves
applying a mild abrasive to the inside lens surface of the mask. White
toothpaste rubbed with your finger on the lens surface will serve to
gentle scour off any residue left on the lens from the manufacturing
process, or a commercial primer such as Sea Buff will ensure proper priming. Once the mask has been primed, an anti-fog solution should be
applied to the inside of the lens before each use. Sea Gold is an excellent product for defogging your mask. It is also a good
idea to repeat the priming procedure every so often, as residue build-up
on the lens can occur for a variety of reasons.
Masks should be stored in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight when
not in use. Storing your mask in a protective box or case, such as the
ones available in our Accessories section, further serves to protect
All of the straps on Snorkel-Mart.com masks are made from silicone.
Although much more pliable than rubber, it is still possible for your
silicone mask strap to break. Mask straps on all masks are designed to
be replaceable. We strongly recommend carrying an extra mask strap with
you whenever you go snorkeling. We offer replacement straps for all of our masks.
These general care tips for your mask should cover any basic concerns
associated with this piece of snorkeling equipment. If you have any concerns
or issues specific to your mask or environment, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-597-8445.
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