Without regular cleaning and maintenance, your CPAP machine turns into a breeding ground of bacteria, mold, dust, pet dander, and more. Avoid this disturbing scenario by following the seven steps below.
Sanitize your CPAP machine
It’s easy to get grossed out by the idea of bacteria growing in your machine. Ease your mind and keep your CPAP machine totally bacteria-free by regularly sanitizing it with a special CPAP sanitizing machine, available at ASRA Sleep Centre at nominal cost.
CPAP, AutoCPAP and BiLevel Machine Care
The outer casing of your CPAP should not require special maintenance. If necessary, unplug machine and wipe clean with a moist cloth using a mild pure soap detergent. Dry the unit thoroughly. Never submerge your CPAP in water.
Humidifier Water Chamber
Use extreme caution not to spill any liquid on or about your machine, this may damage the interior circuits and void the warranty. When filling your humidifier water chamber, always remove it from the CPAP unit and fill it away from the machine.
Cleaning Products and Cleaning Tips
Choose a mild pure soap for use in cleaning mask and tubing. Never use harsh soaps, chlorine bleach, antibacterial or alcohol based solutions. Aromatic solutions and scented oils should not be used. To cut soap residue or to disinfect, use 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water solution after cleaning.
CPAP Tubing Care
Tubing should be replaced annually or more often if needed. Tiny holes can develop that are hard to see with the naked eye. These holes can compromise the proper delivery of prescribed and adequate pressure. Pets seem to love cpap tubing, especially cat claws and tiny teeth. A tubing cover will protect the hose.
CPAP Machine Filters
Filters are inexpensive and routine replacement will greatly add to the life of your machine. Some machines have 2 filters; the non disposable filter is usually made of foam and usually grey or black in color. This simply needs weekly hand cleaning in a mild dish washing soap mix, then a clear water rinse and air dry. These will last for up to one year. The white fine filters should be replaced as needed when visibly discolored and dirty, just as you would your home air and furnace filters. The disposable fine filters generally need replacing every month or two.