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When to clean CPAP equipment

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - Caring for CPAP products
How often should you clean your CPAP equipment
How often should I clean my CPAP equipment? What's the best way to clean a CPAP mask?

Most CPAP masks are made with silicone cushions, designed to be comfortable, gentle and non-irritating. However, the material may wear out faster without proper care. Therefore cleaning your CPAP mask and hose regularly promotes good hygiene and helps your equipment last longer.

With January around the corner, now is the perfect time to set CPAP cleaning goals into your daily routine and follow them during the new year. And we are here to help.

Work the cleaning routine into your day-to-day. Marking the replacement dates on your calendar will help you have a successful year of CPAP therapy.

Item Daily Weekly Monthly 6Months Yearly
Mask Cushion/ Nasal Pillows Clean with CPAP mask wipes / mild soap and warm (not hot) water.  Take apart. Soak in warm soapy water in the sink. Rinse. Let air dry.  Inspect mask cushion for hardening or discoloration of material. Replace as needed. Replace as needed. Your entire mask should be replaced. Contact VitalAire. 
Headgear/ Frame   Wash by hand and hang to dry. Wash more frequently if you have oily hair or sweat a lot.  Inspect and replace as needed.  Replace as needed. Your entire mask should be replaced. Contact VitalAire. 
Hose   Wash in warm soapy water in sink. Rinse. Hang to dry. Inspect hose for wear and tear.  Replace as needed. Hose should be replaced to prevent leakage. Contact VitalAire.
Humidifier (Use distilled water)* Empty water daily. Let air dry.  Wash in soapy water. Rinse.  Remove mineral buildup by soaking in 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water for 30 minutes. Wipe and rinse well.  Replace as needed. Contact VitalAire if you have problems with your humidifier.
Filter     Inspect filter monthly and change as needed. Replace filters at minimum every 6 months  
Machine   Unplug machine to wipe off exterior with damp cloth.   Replace as needed. Contact VitalAire if you have problems with your CPAP machine.

 

*Why use distilled water in CPAP machine

Distilled water is demineralized water, and will help prevent the buildup of minerals at the bottom of your CPAP water chamber, or humidifier. If you are travelling and don't have access to distilled water, you can use bottled water. When you see mineral deposits starting to build up, soak your chamber and hose in water and vinegar for 30 minutes, then scrape off to clean. 

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