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CPAP Equipment Cleaning Tips

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Dec 9, 2016 4:01:03 PM
 

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Are you or a loved one a CPAP user? They can change your life, but up to 50% of people stop using them within one year. Why? Because most find the maintenance of their equipment daunting. At first it might seem overwhelming but understand with time it will become as routine as brushing your teeth. 

 

Whenever moisture is present, from water supplies, from body humidity, or any bodily fluid, bacteria 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 and disinfection schedule be followed diligently. 

  

Important! Never use any type of bleach, alcohol or cleaning solutions that contain conditioners or moisturisers on your mask, nasal pillows or tubes. It can damage them. Use only warm, soapy water.

 

Equipment

Cleaning Frequency

Instructions

Disinfecting Frequency

Equipment

Cleaning Frequency

Instructions

Non-Disposable Filters

Weekly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Not Required

Non-Disposable Filters 

Weekly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Disposable Filters

Change as needed

1 to 2 months

Do Not Wash

Not Required

Disposable Filters

Change as needed

1 to 2 months

Do Not Wash

Hose (without humidifier)

Monthly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Not Required

Hose (without humidifier)

Monthly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Hose (with humidifier)

Weekly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Once a week

Hose (with humidifier)

Weekly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Mask / Nasal Pillows

Daily

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Once a week

Mask / Nasal Pillows

Daily

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Headgear

As Needed

Hand wash, Mild soapy water, Rinse, Dry

Not Required

Headgear

As Needed

Hand wash, Mild soapy water, Rinse, Dry

Humidifier

Daily

Empty water daily

Mild soapy water, Rinse well, Air Dry

Once a week

Humidifier

Daily

Empty water daily

Mild soapy water, Rinse well, Air Dry

CPAP Unit

As Needed

Dust with damp cloth,

No detergents or sprays

Not Required

CPAP Unit

As Needed

Dust with damp cloth,

No detergents or sprays

 

Here's the key, keep it simple and consistent. A dirty mask does not perform as well. It won’t seal as well on your face when wearing it. By maintaining the cleanliness of your equipment you will help improve the effectiveness. Remember that this unit is changing your life! 

 


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