If you suffer from sleep apnea and you regularly use a CPAP Machine at night, you may be used to the fact that you have to keep your device clean on a regular basis. Not sticking to a regular cleaning routine for the various parts of your CPAP Device can result in the parts breaking down and wearing out much more quickly than they are supposed to. Having to replace some of these parts can be extremely costly. Worse, your CPAP therapy may not work to its full potential if the machine parts go too long in between cleanings.
However, if you take the time to clean your CPAP machines and its parts of dust and facial oils, the parts can last you quite a long time before requiring replacement and overall, the CPAP therapy will work the way it’s supposed to.
How often do I need to clean my CPAP device?
CPAP Devices and their parts can get dirty very quickly as a result of dust and facial oils. Most parts will benefit from a clean at least once a week, however some parts such as the headgear cushions, tubing and humidifier chamber may need to be cleaned daily, especially if they are touching your face.
A few tips for cleaning your CPAP device and parts
- Check the manufacturers warranty for specific cleaning instructions
- Take the mask apart to give it the best clean
- Hand wash the parts of your mask using lukewarm tap water, a soft bristle brush and a mild soap
- Do not use any soaps containing harsh chemicals such as bleach or alcohol. A mild medical grade soap will do just fine (some mask manufacturers may offer a cleaning solution for their CPAP devices)
- Do not wash your mask parts in a washing machine or dishwasher and do not leave them in direct sunlight to dry
- Wash your face before using the mask in order to keep it clean and prolong its life
- If you notice any parts with cracks or other deficiencies, be sure to have the part replaced as soon as possible!