CPAP Tubing FAQs
Read answers to popular questions about CPAP tubes. What is CPAP tubing, which hose will fit your mask, how best to maintain, and how often to replace.
What is CPAP tubing?
CPAP tubing refers to the hose which runs from a sleep apnea machine to a CPAP mask. The tube is an important component of a CPAP system, helping to facilitate the constant flow of pressurised air. We carry a variety of options for our most popular models.
What types of CPAP tubes are there?
CPAP Australia stocks a wide variety of CPAP tubes from popular brands. Some of the main tubing options include:
- Heated CPAP Tubes: Heated tubes should only be attached if you’re planning on using a humidifier. When plugged into a machine, heated tubes help to vary warm air from the humidifier into your mask, and the warmth of the tube ensures that the heated air doesn’t cool off while it’s transported through the hose.
- Standard CPAP Tubes: Regular sized CPAP sleep tubes measure 22m in diameter and are suited to CPAP systems that do not contain humidifiers.
- Slim CPAP Tubes: Slimmer options such as 15mm tubes or ResMed SlimLine tubing. Many patients prefer a thinner tube because it is lighter and more responsive to movements throughout the night. A reduction in mask drag makes it easier for you to move naturally and comfortably in your sleep.
How to clean CPAP tubing?
To ensure that your CPAP tubing continues to operate at maximum capacity, regular and thorough cleaning is recommended. Follow the step-by-step instructions below on how to clean CPAP tubing and guarantee the effectiveness of your treatment:
- Fill the sink with a mix of warm water and mild liquid soap
- Lay the tubing inside to allow water to clean the entire surface area
- A CPAP tube cleaning brush can be used to gently clean the inside of the sleep tubing, however care should be taken not to damage the fragile hose material between the coils
- Rinse well and allow the hose to hang and air dry
How often should CPAP tubing be cleaned?
For proper upkeep and maintenance of your equipment, the CPAP hose should be cleaned on a weekly basis.
How often should CPAP tubing be replaced?
For maximum comfort and hygiene, we recommend replacing your CPAP tube once every three months. Regularly changing out your sleep tubing is important as over time the hose can weaken at the point where it attaches to the CPAP machine. The hose may also attract bacteria from prolonged use, or begin to discolour.