Cleaning your CPAP supplies is crucial for maintaining good health and avoiding respiratory infections.1 The CPAP machine uses a mask to deliver air pressure and keeps your airways open while you sleep. Over time, dust, dirt, oils, and bacteria can build up on the mask, tubing, filter, and humidifier chamber. Dirty CPAP supplies not only compromise the machine's effectiveness but also increase vulnerability to respiratory infections or other health issues.2 The tubing and humidifier chamber, which are damp environments, provide a thriving ground for bacteria and viruses.3
Keep your CPAP supplies refreshed with this recommended cleaning guide:
PAP Cleaning Guide
|SUPPLIES||HOW TO — Recommended cleaning solution: Warm drinking quality water and unscented mild soap.||FREQUENCY|
|Mask Frame||Hand wash with cleaning solution. Rince thoroughly and allow to air dry.||Daily|
|Headgear||Hand wash with cleaning solution. Rince thoroughly and allow to air dry.||Weekly|
|Cushions Pillows||Wipe down with a damp cloth daily. Hand wash with cleaning solution weekly.||Daily/Weekly|
|Tubing||Run cleaning solution through tubing. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and hang to air dry.||Weekly|
|Disposable Filters||Check filters weekly and brush off any build up. Replace bi-weekly.||Weekly|
|Reusable Foam Filters||Check filters weekly, and rinse with cleaning solution. Allow filter to air dry. Replace every 6 months.||Weekly|
|Water Chamber||Empty and replace distilled water daily. Wash with cleaning solution weekly. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry with lid open.||Daily/Weekly|
Once the equipment is completely dry, reassemble it and return to use.
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By staying on top of cleaning and replacement schedules with your CPAP supplies, you can ensure that your CPAP therapy is as effective and safe as possible. We are here to teach you; if you have additional questions regarding your CPAP supplies, call to speak with one of our experienced Customer Service Representatives at your LOCAL LINCARE CENTER for more information.
You can also check out these additional manufacturer links for more tips on cleaning your CPAP equipment based on your specific manufacturer guidelines.