Keeping your sleep apnea equipment clean is important for its effectiveness.
Sleep apnea equipment consists of a filter, humidifier and mask that need to be routinely cleaned. It is typically worn every night and can easily collect germs, pollutants, bacteria, viruses, and even develop mold.
Even if everything looks clean, it is likely to have invisible contaminants that collect over time. Any pollutants or germs you come in contact with during the day can come into contact with your mask when applying it at night. (1)
Also, since a humidifier is used, moisture sits in the machine tubing and mask, and this can develop fungi and dangerous molds that love to dwell in moist places (2).
It’s also important to mention that you need to air dry your equipment thoroughly every day to avoid the accumulation of moisture that can cause mold and fungi.
Cleaning your equipment daily can be time-consuming and many people fail to comply (4). Thankfully, there are now cleaners on the market that can make routine cleaning easier and even more effective.
Many cleaners avoid the use of water to clean your machine. Some cleaners use activated oxygen and others use ultra-violet light.
Cleaners that use activated oxygen have a generator that breaks down oxygen (O2) and recreate it by combining another O atom making O3, or an activated oxygen molecule. When the third O atom is added, it turns the molecule into an oxidant. An oxidant causes a substance to lose electrons, which in this case can kill germs and bacteria.
Ultra-violet light consists of three different bands known as UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C spectrums. Each spectrum varies in wavelength.
At certain wavelengths, ultra-violet light has the ability to break molecular bonds in the DNA of microorganisms.
The SoClean 2 is the fast, easy way to clean CPAP equipment. SoClean uses activated oxygen, which kills germs and bacteria with no disassembly and no water.
Activated Oxygen Benefits:
The 3B Lumin CPAP cleaner is a CPAP cleaning machine that uses ultra-violet light to disinfect your equipment.
Features of Lumin:
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