CPAP Equipment Cleaning
Whenever moisture is present, bacteria or mold can grow. If your equipment is not properly cleaned and dried, bacteria builds up and can lead to infections in your body, especially in your airway passages. Also, the oils in your skin and the minerals in tap water can cause premature breakdown in the materials used to manufacture your CPAP equipment, especially your mask. Therefore, we recommend the cleaning schedule be followed diligently.
Remember, always wash your hands prior to handling your CPAP equipment.
Cleaning your CPAP Mask - Your CPAP mask should be cleaned daily using a mild, non-lotion detergent. Do not use soap or strong dish washing detergents such as Dawn or Joy. Avoid detergents that use strong perfumes or dyes. We recommend using a dish washing detergent like Ivory Clear, Palmolive, or Dial Anti-Bacteria or CPAP mask wipes. DO NOT use baby wipes, many have lotions in them. Wash cushions daily and wash headgear weekly.
Cleaning your CPAP Tubing - Wash tubing with warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly. Dry your CPAP tubing by hanging over a doorknob or hanger. Your tubing should be cleaned weekly.
Drying hints - Always hang tubing away from direct sunlight, as this will cause the tubing to become yellow, brittle and crack over a period of time. DO NOT attach the wet tubing to your CPAP unit to blow-dry it. The moisture from the tubing can drain back into your machine. Moisture in your unit can cause sudden pressure increases or short circuits.We do carry a tubing hanger for drying, visit our online store!
Cleaning the CPAP Unit -
- Unplug the unit before cleaning it.
- Never immerse the unit in water.
- Using a cloth slightly dampened with water and dish detergent, wipe the outside of the unit.
- Make sure the unit is thoroughly dry before plugging it in.
- Wash non disposable filer every 3-5 days- wash with warm soap and water, let air dry before putting back in.
- Replace white disposable filter every 4 weeks. (DO NOT wash white disposable filters)
Cleaning the humidifier -
YOUR HUMIDIFIER CHAMBER SHOULD BE CLEANED DAILY
- Empty any remaining water in humidifier after each use.
- Immerse the humidifier chamber in warm, soapy water or place in top rack of dishwasher.
- Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
- Always use distilled water to fill humidifier chamber. Tap water may pit and corrode the humidifier chamber.
Do's and Don'ts -
- Don’t use alcohol-based products to clean your mask. They can cause the materials to become hard and brittle.
- Don’t use any caustic or household cleaning solutions such as bleach on your CPAP equipment.
- Don’t put headgear in the washer or dryer.
- Don’t add vicks or other scented chemicals to water chamber.
- Do wash your gray nondisposable filter every 3-5 days. Allowing it to dry completely before next use.
- Do change your white disposable filter every 2-4 weeks.