Proper care and cleaning of your CPAP machine are vital, without it germs and contamination can build up and cause infection. Taking good care of your machine will also extend the life of the equipment. Follow these steps to caring for each part of the machine to ensure long lasting and effective use.
When cleaning your headgear (mask, straps, tubing, and chinstrap) use a mild, hypoallergenic, unscented soap. Allergens and perfumes can cause irritation to your skin. You can also use some dish detergents. Wash with soap and warm water by hand and allow pieces to air dry. Dirt and oils from your face can build up in your mask over time. To avoid any sort of build up or potential irritation, wash your mask thoroughly and regularly. The tubes are also vital because any contamination there can make you sick or block the tube and prevent it from performing properly. All headgear should be cleaned at least once a week, or more regularly if needed.
Because of the warm and moist nature of the humidifier, bacteria can build up quickly if not cleaned out. Water should be changed daily. Clean the water tank with warm soapy water at least weekly, more if needed. Use a disinfecting agent, such as vinegar, and warm water, then rinse and allow it to air dry.
The filter of your CPAP machine should be changed annually and washed weekly. Remove the filter and run it under warmer water, squeezing out and debris. Blot dry with a towel and allow it to air dry until needed.