CPAP Mask Cleaning Basics

Why Clean Your Mask

Do you know one of the key components to a successful CPAP therapy? Keeping it clean. And cleaning your mask in particular is important.

There are quite a few reasons why you should clean your mask regularly. First, creams, moisturizers, and just basic daily life will cause a greasy film to accumulate on your mask. Next, irregular cleaning can allow germs to thrive, especially after you have been sick. Finally, the accumulation of grime can start to wear away at your mask, affecting its integrity.

How to Clean Your Mask

Cleaning anything may seem like a common and routine task. And although it isn’t difficult, cleaning your CPAP mask does require a little bit of care.

First and foremost, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations about cleaning, just in case they have specific requirements pertaining to the warranty.  

Second, a few tips basic tips: never put your mask in the dishwasher or washing machine to clean it. Always hand wash. Always air dry away from direct sunlight.

Make sure you take apart your mask before cleaning it. This allows you to get into the nooks and crannies for a more thorough clean.

Soak your mask in a medical cleanser designed specifically for your mask. You can get such a cleaner from your CPAP supplier. Use a soft bristle brush, lukewarm tap water, and a gentle soap to clean the mask. Do not use bleach or alcohol-based cleaning solutions.

Once you have cleaned all parts, rinse thoroughly and let dry.

A few other tips: always wash your face before wearing your mask to avoid excessive oil buildup. Also, if you notice any cracks or tears in your mask, get them replaced as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about your mask and how to clean it, ask your manufacturer. Get to know your mask, and get reacquainted with great sleeps.

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