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CPAP Equipment Cleaning Care Checklist

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - Caring for CPAP products
VitalAire client sleeping with a cpap machine at his home

VitalAire can offer you tips to keep your equipment clean and working effectively, so you can benefit the most from your sleep apnea treatment. The effectiveness of your CPAP therapy is increased when your equipment is clean and well-cared for. Follow the instructions below to clean your CPAP unit and accessories. Remember to contact your VitalAire clinician, if you have any questions!


Mask – Wash the mask cushions or pillows with warm soapy water and leave to dry on a towel. Do not use scented soap or dry it in direct sunlight. You can use mask wipes if preferred.

Humidifier Chamber – Remove the chamber from the machine after each use, empty and rinse. Leave to dry on a towel, not in direct sunlight. Fill with distilled water when ready to reuse. It is very important to clean your humidifier chamber regularly. Stagnant water grows bacteria which can be blown back into your nasal passages if the chamber is not cleaned daily.


Mask and headgear – Disassemble mask according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Submerge mask components and headgear in a basin of water with a few drops of mild dish detergent and wash well by hand. Rinse all parts with clear water, let them dry on a towel or hang them to air dry, without direct sunlight. Reassemble when dry.

Humidifier Chamber – Disassemble chamber as shown by your VitalAire clinician. Immerse the chamber in a basin of warm water with mild dish detergent for 20-30 minutes. Hand wash. Then, soak in a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water, for 30 minutes. Rinse well and air dry. Many chambers can be cleaned on the top rack of your dishwasher. Please check your instructions manual for details.

CPAP Tubing/Hose – Submerge in warm soapy water, soak for a few minutes and then rinse with clear water. Hang tubing to dry and ensure it’s fully dry before use. To be sure, attach tubing to the mask and CPAP unit and let air flow through before attaching to the mask.

Filters – Wash reusable filters in warm, soapy water.  Rinse in clear water, dry on a towel before refitting to the machine. Make sure the filters are completely dry. NOTE: Filters must always be in your CPAP machine when it is in use.

Chin Straps – Wash in a solution of mild dish soap. Rinse with clear water and let them dry on a towel. Do not leave straps to dry in the sun.


Filters – Check filters every month. If you live in a dusty environment, these may need to be changed more regularly than every 3 months. NOTE: Filters must always be in your CPAP machine when it is in use.

Every 6 months:

Mask Cushion – Replacement recommended

Headgear and Frame – Replacement recommended

Hose – Replacement recommended

Humidifier – Replacement recommended

Mask – Replacement recommended


CPAP Unit – To ensure your CPAP machine is running optimally, you should have your device assessed once a year. Call VitalAire to book an appointment.

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