How do you clean and maintain a CPAP machine? | CPAP Machine FAQ
How do you clean and maintain a CPAP machine?
Regular cleaning of a CPAP machine is necessary to prevent health problems that can arise from your sleeping environment. Furthermore, prioritising maintenance of your CPAP equipment will ensure your machine, mask and accessories treat your sleep apnea at optimal performance levels. Here’s how:
- Make it a priority. Upkeep of CPAP equipment takes time so it’s important that you’re not rushed. Make cleaning your CPAP machine a priority and you will benefit from a more efficient and effective treatment experience.
- Safety first. Remember to unplug your machine before you commence the cleaning process.
- Tubing. Make cleaning the tubes part of your regular daily routine. Detach the tubing from the mask and machine and rinse it in warm, soapy water. Leave the hose to dry and it will be ready in time for your night’s sleep.
- Water chamber. If your machine has a water humidifier, rinse the water chamber every morning with warm, soapy water, followed by clean water so that it will be ready for use again by bedtime. Give it a more thorough cleanout once per week. Let it sit before giving the chamber a final rinse with distilled water.
- Mask. Delicately disassemble the mask prior to cleaning. Clean the soft cushion with a mild, pure soap. Rinse well with clean, warm water and then let it air dry (avoid direct sunlight). Wash the mask frame and headgear weekly in the same manner, lying them flat when drying