Caring for Your CPAP Equipment

Caring for Your CPAP Equipment
In order to get the most use and help from your CPAP equipment, it’s important to keep it clean and well-maintained. This will protect your health and increase the longevity of your equipment.

Please note that the following guidelines don’t replace the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of your equipment. They’re meant as a general guide and to give you useful ideas about how to get the most out of your equipment.
Caring for Your Mask

Clean your mask daily as follows:
1. Wash the mask in warm, soapy water using a pure soap. Avoid using hot water or solutions containing bleach. We generally recommend using Velvet soap.

2. Rub the mask between your fingers to remove any oily residue. 

3. Rinse the mask, shake off any excess water and leave it to air dry.

In the event that you are unable to wash your mask daily, using an unscented baby wipe to cleanse the mask is acceptable. However, it is recommended that you dismantle and wash the mask as above at least once a week.
Headgear

Wash the headgear at least once a week by and using your regular washing powder or detergent in warm water. Rinse and gently wring out any excess water and hang out of the sun to dry.

Humidifier
Empty your humidifier, rinse and leave it to dry daily.

If you notice white powdery residue or deposits in the humidifier chamber that are not removed with general cleaning, follow these steps:

1. Fill the water chamber to the maximum level with a solution of one part white vinegar and 10 parts water.
2. Let the solution soak for 10 minutes.
3. Discard the solution and rinse the water chamber thoroughly with clean water.

Repeat the process as required.

Tubing

The CPAP tubing should be removed from the CPAP device, rinsed thoroughly and hung to dry each day. If you are unable to do this daily, remove the CPAP hose from the device daily and hang to air-dry. Ensure you wash your hose and rinse it thoroughly at least once a week.

Filter

Air filters are situated at the back of the CPAP device and should be checked regularly. Filters should be cleaned regularly or replaced. Please check the manufacturer’s directions.

If you have additional questions regarding the care and maintenance of your CPAP machine, please feel free to contact us.
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