When it comes to CPAP equipment, we could all do with some good cleaning hacks. Just like keeping our house tidy, it is important that CPAP masks and machines are always kept in good condition. Find out below just how to get your CPAP equipment sparkling clean each and every time.
We’ve all been there. The strap on our headgear starts to look a little grubby but we say we’ll look after it later. “Later” then turns into days or weeks later. While you might think that delaying cleaning your PAP equipment is no big deal, you could actually be doing a lot of harm.
CPAP parts collect bacteria and germs daily. Masks share close proximity to both the mouth and nose, making them a breeding ground for infection. Without a regular cleaning routine, this build-up of bacteria will eventually make you sick or run the risk of re-infection.
Clean air is vital for CPAP therapy success. This is another reason why having clean CPAP equipment is necessary. If we fail to clean each part on a regular basis, it’s comprising the effectiveness of Sleep Apnea therapy.
Want to know how often you should be cleaning? Read our post ‘You and Your CPAP Equipment: How Often Should It Be Cleaned?’
Think you need a whole array of specialized cleaning products? All you really need for cleaning a CPAP mask is soapy water and a clean cloth.
As CPAP masks sit so close to the face, they collect the most bacteria. It’s for this reason that they should be your first port of call when cleaning. All you need to do is:
Pro tip: Use wipes such as the Citrus II CPAP Cleansing Wipes every morning, especially if you’re always rushing and on the go. Quickly wipe down the mask with one of these in the morning and you’re ready for a bacteria-free night.
Cleaning a CPAP hose is going to be trickier than other CPAP parts, mostly because of its length. Again, you will need soapy warm water but also another handy tool.
Pro tip: Want to make sure that your CPAP hose is fully dry? If time permits, plug the tubing back into your machine and turn on the unit for a few minutes. Doing this will help to completely “blow dry” the inside of the tubing before use.
How you clean CPAP filters will depend on which type you use. Disposable CPAP filters should be replaced at least every 2-6 months or as needed. You may find, depending on whether you live with animals or if you smoke, that filters will need to replaced sooner than this.
For reusable filters, however, follow these steps:
Remember: You can only use reusable filters up until a certain point (even if you wash them regularly). Eventually, they will deteriorate. When that begins to happen, you need to replace them.
Finally, we can’t forget the machine itself. It’s true - the filters and mask are the most vital CPAP equipment parts to clean - but when it’s this simple then it is a pity not to.
If your machine comes with a humidifier or a water chamber, it is important that you don’t neglect this part of your unit. A water chamber should ideally be cleaned at least once a week to ensure that calcium and other minerals don’t build up on the surface. Here is how:
Remember, it is important that you only use distilled water for water chambers or unless instructed otherwise by the manufacturer guidelines.
We always recommend you find time to manually clean your CPAP equipment on a regular basis. But we also know that you are only human. Another pro tip is to use a CPAP cleaner and sanitizer. The Lumin UV light sanitizer is great for this purpose.
Not only will this CPAP cleaner easily sanitizer all CPAP parts including your mask, tubing, machine and water chamber in as little as 5 minutes. It also is believed to be the easiest and safest way to disinfect your CPAP equipment. All you have to do is connect the sanitizer to your machine and it does all the work. It’s that simple.
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