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How To Clean and Maintain Your CPAP Equipment

It's very important to keep CPAP machines and all of their supporting parts and equipment as clean as possible for the most effective CPAP therapy every night. Cleaning and maintaining your CPAP machine helps ensure healthy CPAP therapy and the long-term performance of your machine. Most cleaning and maintenance procedures are easy to follow and do not require special equipment or products to complete. Keep a routine schedule so your CPAP machine is always in top condition. Having proper sanitizing machines, such as the SoClean 2 or 3B Lumin can also be beneficial in keeping all your CPAP equipment clean.

Daily Cleaning of CPAP Equipment

Daily cleaning of your CPAP equipment should primarily focus on your CPAP mask. Get in a routine habit to always wipe down your CPAP mask after every use. Because your CPAP mask comes in direct contact with your face on a daily basis, it requires daily cleaning. Use warm water and a mild soap to wipe down your CPAP mask. This will help to eliminate and remove any oils or sweat that transferred for your face to your mask and could potentially weaken your mask's seal. Additionally, let the mask air-dry for several hours before putting it to use again.

It is also a good idea to wash your face before using your CPAP mask to prevent dead skin cells and oils from getting on the mask. Skin cells, sweat and oils from our skin may affect the mask seal, so daily face cleaning is also important for both hygiene and performance.

Weekly Cleaning of CPAP Equipment

A more thorough cleaning of your CPAP mask should be done weekly. Soak your mask in warm water and soap, rinse and let air dry. Weekly cleanings should also include your CPAP tubing. Bacteria and germs can grow in the tubing and weekly cleanings can help prevent these germs from infecting the air you breathe during CPAP therapy.  Much like the mask, soak the tubing in a soapy bath. Rinse and let air dry before putting the mask and tubing back together.

How To Clean the CPAP Mask Frame, Cushion and Headgear

The CPAP mask frame, cushions and headgear should also be cleaned weekly. Following a similar procedure with the CPAP mask and tubing, soak the parts in warm, soapy water. Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry before use. When soap and water are not available to you, having proper CPAP mask cleaning wipes are vital for a clean and sanitized CPAP therapy.

How To Clean the Air Tubing and Air Filter

When cleaning CPAP tubing, do not use any harsh chemicals as they can damage the tubing. Soap should be sufficient for disinfection. To clean reusable air filters, remove the filter and rinse under clean water. As you run it under the water, squeeze the filter to make sure there is no dust. Blot it dry with a  towel before reinstalling. Disposable filters should be replaced per the manufacturer’s instructions.

How To Clean the Humidifier Tube

If you use a humidifier with your CPAP machine, be sure to clean the tubing weekly with a warm, soapy water bath to prevent bacteria buildup from the moisture in the tube. Much like cleaning air tubing, avoid strong chemicals which can damage the tubing.

Recommendations For CPAP Replacement Supplies

Along with regular cleaning, replacing essential supplies is part of your CPAP machine maintenance.

  • Replace your CPAP mask every 6-12 months
  • Replace cushions every 3 months
  • Replace your headgear twice a year
  • Replace CPAP filters per the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Replace tubing every 90 days

Where Can I Buy a CPAP Cleaning and Sanitizing Machine?

You can also automate your cleaning process with a cleaning and sanitizing machine. You can find these sanitizing machines at The CPAP Shop. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose a sanitizing machine that meets your needs. Give us a call at 866-414-9700.

Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.