How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

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The use of a CPAP machine can be a big change, and Comfort Sleep Solutions wants to make sure that your transition is the easiest it can be. Maintenance and cleaning are very important practices to keep to ensure the longevity of your machine, and that it works properly to give you the best sleep you can get.

But why is it so important? Your use your CPAP machine for around 8 hours a night. As you exhale into your mask, the moisture from your body collects inside your mask, tube, and machine. This moisture attracts all kinds of bacteria and microorganisms, and if left uncleaned, will circle its way back into your body when you use your machine again. An unclean machine will also start to smell, and a smelly machine is often left unused.

When cleaning your CPAP machine, there are four main parts you need to focus on:

  • The mask
  • The hose
  • The headgear
  • The machine

How to Clean Your CPAP Mask, Hose and Headgear

How To Clean Your CPAP machine

Many people swear that an expensive cleaner must be used to properly clean your CPAP supplies. The most important part is actually just to make sure they get rinsed well with water, and allowed adequate time to dry. They should be cleaned daily.

  • Using a faucet, wash your mask with warm water. If you’d like, you can use a mild-non fragrant soap or soaps specifically designed for the use of cleaning your CPAP machine. Just make sure to read your manual before using any products on your CPAP parts.
  • If soap is used, make sure to rinse thoroughly and lay your mask to dry on a towel or paper towel.
  • Make sure your mask is not in direct sunlight. Your mask and many other components of your CPAP machine are made of silicone, and can breakdown quicker without proper care.
  • Repeat these steps for your hose.
  • Wash your headgear in warm soapy water as needed, and lay out to dry. Never put your headgear in the washing machine or dryer.
  • Read your manual to know how often you should replace these supplies. It is common to replace them every 3-6 months.

How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

The humidification chamber is an important part to your CPAP machine, and helps to keep your nasal passages from drying out and becoming inflamed. It should be cleaned daily to keep bacteria and calcification from building up.

  • Remove the humidification chamber carefully as to not spill any water inside of your CPAP machine.
  • Wash the inside of the chamber with warm water, and a gentle, non-fragrant soap. You may use soaps designed specifically for the cleaning of your CPAP machine, but again make sure to read your manual.
  • Rinse well and allow adequate time to dry on a clean towel, out of direct sunlight.
  • After it has dried, fill chamber with distilled water. It is not advised to use tap water or filtered water as it may contain chemicals or minerals that might damage your machine.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Comfort Sleep Solutions.

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