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One of the most important factors in maintaining CPAP compliance is taking proper care of your CPAP equipment. To be successful in CPAP therapy, you must be willing to make your treatment a priority in your life, and that includes regular cleaning, maintenance, and replacement of your CPAP equipment.
Cleaning is important to ensure bacteria does not build up in the device. Changing supplies on the recommended basis is important to ensure equipment remains sanitary and effective. Nightly use causes wear and tear and breaks down the materials that the equipment is made with. This could cause a poor seal and lead to ineffective therapy.
Cleaning your CPAP equipment is not burdensome or time consuming. It is quite simple to clean. All you need is some dish soap and water. Establishing a daily routine is suggested so that both the device and accessories can operate at maximum efficiency while working to provide you with a good night’s sleep. Most CPAP users prefer to clean their equipment in the morning to allow for ample time to dry during the day. It is also important to note that distilled water should be used in the water chamber to prevent any buildup in the tank. However, normal tap water can be used for cleaning purposes. Try to avoid soaps that contain ammonia when cleaning the equipment, because it could cause breakdown of some of the materials.
Remember, you’re breathing in the air that is circulated through your machine, the tubing, and into the mask. The air is filtered and humidified, but you still need to keep your mask clean to avoid potential issues such as smell, mold, bacteria exposure, premature equipment breakdown, etc. It will be important to review your manufacturer’s instructions about how your supplies should be maintained but a basic recommended supply schedule is as follows:
An additional cleaning step that some individuals choose to take is to sanitize their equipment with a vinegar and water solution on a monthly basis. This can be done by making a solution of 1-part vinegar to 3-parts water. Soak the equipment in this solution for approximately 30 minutes and then rinse well. Please note that vinegar can leave an odor behind that some may not like.
Many people also choose to use a sanitizing device in addition to their regular cleaning and maintenance. Some of these devices work by using ozone or UV rays to sanitize the equipment. We have a great selection of sanitizing options available for sale here.
There are also wipes and various other supplies available for purchase to be used for cleaning the device and equipment. Do a little searching and cleaning to figure out what works best for you!
- Laura Pratt and Page Maryyanek
*This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.