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  1. How to Care For and Clean Your CPAP Equipment
  2. References
  3. When to Replace Your CPAP Equipment
  4. Products that Make Your Life Easier
 

How to Care For and Clean Your CPAP Equipment

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your CPAP equipment is not only necessary to ensure everything is working at its optimal level, but also to reduce skin irritations and the risk of viruses, mold/mildew/fungi, and bacteria.


Click here to read a scientific study [PDF]:
CPAP Masks are Sources of Microbial Contamination

 

Masks

  • Clean mask parts regularly (at least weekly).
  • Cushions should be washed in warm water and mild soap daily, or wiped down with mask wipes.
  • Hang to dry thoroughly.
  • Consider a UV sanitizing machine such as Lumin.

Tubing

  • Clean tubing at least once or twice a week with warm water and mild soap.
  • Don't let moisture remain in tubing. Hang to dry.
  • Use a tube brush to remove physical particles.

Machines

  • Only use distilled water in humidifiers.
  • Change water daily. Leftover water should be emptied from water chamber after use.
  • Check your filters regularly, and change when necessary.
  • Clean water chamber once or twice a week with warm water and mild soap.
  • Wipe the surfaces of your machine regularly.
  • If you notice a strange smell from it, or have adverse effects such as headaches or reactions after use, there may be bacteria or mold. Follow this website's sanitizing process: https://moldhomes.com/cpap-mold-symptoms.

Rooms

  • Consider an air purifier with UV to remove dust, allergens, and harmful pathogens from the air in your room, as this air can travel in to your machine.

And remember: DON'T SHARE CPAP EQUIPMENT.


 

References (External)

CPAP Masks are Sources of Microbial Contamination
(Alex Horowitz, Sandra Horowitz MD FRCP(C), Chinhak Chun MD SleepHealth Centers, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston)
http://www.pureflowhealthcare.ca/pdf/Horowitz_APSS_poster_2009_mask_microbes.pdf


CPAP Mold Symptoms: Signs You Should Never Ignore
(Mold Homes)
https://moldhomes.com/cpap-mold-symptoms/


Is Your CPAP Making You Sick?
(Harvard Health Publishing, subscription)
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/is-your-cpap-machine-making-you-sick


How To Clean Your CPAP
(American Sleep Association)
https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep-treatments/cpap-machines-masks/how-to-clean-your-cpap/


What Happens if You Don't Clean Your CPAP Mask?
(Taja An, B. Sc. Microbiology, Biochemistry, via Quora)
https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-dont-clean-your-CPAP-mask


 
 

When to Replace Your CPAP Equipment

 

MASKS

 

Cushions & Pillows

 
 

Headgear

 
 

Miscellaneous Parts

 
 

Complete Mask

For our complete lineup of masks:
https://www.cpapoutlet.ca/en/Masks
 

MACHINES

 

Filters

 
 

Tubing

 
 

Water Chamber

 
 

Miscellaneous Parts

For our complete lineup of replacement parts:
https://www.cpapoutlet.ca/en/Replacement-Parts
 

Products that Make Your Life Easier

 

SANITIZERS / FILTERS

 

Lumin UVC Sanitizing System

 
 

SoClean CPAP Equipment Cleaner

 
 

Viral / Bacterial Filter

For our complete lineup of sanitizing machines:
https://www.cpapoutlet.ca/en/Machines/Sanitizing-Cleaning
 

CLEANING SUPPLIES

 

Mask Wipes

 
 

Mask Spray

 
 

Soaps

 
 

Tube Brushes

 
 

Tube Hanger

For our complete lineup of cleaning supplies:
https://www.cpapoutlet.ca/en/Accessories/Cleaning