It is important that your CPAP machine is cared for in a proper way in order to protect yourself as well as your device. There are certain things that you will need to do in order to clean and care for your CPAP.
You use your CPAP for eight hours per night. Room air goes in to the machine, filter, tube, mask and nose. Then exhaled air goes back into the mask, tube, and machine.
In that exhaled air is moisture from your body. Microorganisms thrive on moisture and particulate matter.
You might now know how to clean your CPAP yet. Fortunately, it is a relatively simple process.
If you don't clean your CPAP, and CPAP supplies (mask, tube, headgear), then your equipment could begin to grow colonies of bacteria. This could cause your equipment to acquire a foul odor and possibly lead to premature equipment breakdown.
With with inadequate cleaning of your cpap mask and equipment, nasty growth and smells will accumulate. A smelly mask and CPAP machine is less likely to be used.
There are a few CPAP cleaner machines that have recently been introduced that clean and/or sanitize CPAP machines and masks. Some of these devices use activated oxygen or ozone as the method for killing bacteria in and around the equipment. You simply place the mask inside of the device and it cleans it without water or soap.
It is important to clean your mask, headgear, and tube regularly.
The most important part of cleaning is simply rinsing the equipment with water. You can use a faucet and run water over the equipment for a minute. There are some cleaning fluids that may be acceptable for your device. Check with your instruction manual before performing any of these tasks.
The second most important part of cleaning your CPAP and CPAP supplies is letting the equipment dry properly. Make sure that standing water can drip out of the tube. You can hang your tube so that it drapes down to the ground allowing all water to drip out of it. Manually drying exterior surfaces will speed up the process.
Keep in mind that CPAP masks and CPAP tubes are not designed to last forever. Many sleep professionals recommend that CPAP masks and tubes be replaced yearly, if not sooner. The CPAP machine filter should be replaced even more frequently Some recommend that CPAP filters be replaced monthly.
CPAP cleaner products may help you to keep your equipment clean and/or sanitized for maximum performance. Check with your instruction manuals before using any products.
There are some that recommend cleaning the CPAP hose with vinegar +/- soapy water half and half. Your product manual will mention which products you should use with your CPAP hose.
Remember that the CPAP filter has a specific purpose - to filter out particulate matter that you don't want to breathe in. If you live in a dusty area, your filter will need to be replaced more frequently.
Keeping your CPAP equipment clean will help to maintain its longevity and possibly keep you healthier. Following your user manual recommendations and investing a little time and effort will save you money and improve outcomes.
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