Your CPAP machine, much like any other valuable item you have, requires regular maintenance and care in order to function at its best and help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms. It is not only a costly item but also extremely beneficial to your overall health so taking care of it is very important.
Here are three ways you can keep your CPAP device in tip-top shape:
The parts of your CPAP tend to accumulate a buildup of dust, bacteria, and germs with frequent use. Additionally, your facial oils can wear the mask and cushioning down very quickly if it is not cleaned on a regular basis. Make sure you wipe down the mask and any other parts that touch your face daily, and if you have a humidifier be sure to empty it daily and replace it with distilled water. You should also be cleaning the tubing and giving the mask itself more of a deeper clean on a weekly basis to keep it in tip-top shape.
Replace parts when required
Even with proper cleaning, the parts of your CPAP machine, including the mask and mask cushions, nose piece, tubing, humidifier, and filters (if applicable) will wear out over time with proper use and will have to be replaced. It’s best to try and keep a written record of the dates you purchase new parts so that you have an idea of when it’s time for them to be replaced.
Making sure your CPAP device and all the parts with it are all stored properly is just as important as caring for the machine itself. Keep your CPAP away from direct sunlight and make sure the room it’s stored in is a comfortable temperature and not too hot or cold. Your bedroom would be the most ideal place, whether in a cupboard or drawer in your nightstand or on a shelf or drawer nearby. Also, make sure the CPAP device is kept out of reach from small children and pets.