The CPAP devices have been described by the users as the most effective when it comes to preventing the sleep apnea symptoms and other related issues. But like any other devices, CPAP care is required, in terms of periodical CPAP cleaning. With time, the CPAP devices become dirty and require cleaning. The proper cleaning of your CPAP equipment is essential for preventing different kinds of health problems. In addition, the proper and routine CPAP care can help you prolong the life of your selected machine, mask or any other device. The following text will present few simple and useful tips on how to clean your CPAP properly.
It is important to note from the start that is is not recommended to clean the CPAP machine form the inside. By having this in mind, the proper CPAP care includes cleaning everything else like:
- The CPAP mask
- The humidifier water chamber
- The CPAP hose and
- The CPAP filters
The mask is probably the most important item from your CPAP equipment. Therefore cleaning the mask should be your priority every day. You need to keep in mind that you need to disassemble the mask first in order to perform a proper cleaning. Start by cleaning the soft cushion by using a mild soap. Rinse the CPAP mask well with warm water, and then let it dry for a while. You need to handle the cushion very gently in order to avoid tearing. The frame of the mask and the headgear should be cleaned the same way, but avoid drying them directly on the sun.. In order to prolong the life of your CPAP mask, avoid using any conditioners or cosmetic make up before using the mask. Your skin needs to be properly cleaned before using the mask.
The proper CPAP care continues with cleaning of the humidifier water chamber. As long as you use clean distilled water in your humidifier, you will not have any problems regarding the humidifier water chamber cleaning. Therefore, every morning clean the water chamber with a mild soap, rinse it well with warm water and leave it to dry. If you use tap water instead of distilled water, microbial particles can appear on the water chamber. In this case, a mixture of vinegar and water should be used for cleaning the humidifier water chamber.
Next in line is the CPAP hose. For proper CPAP care, it is highly recommended to clean the hose on a weakly basis. For a proper cleaning, use warm water and a mild liquid soap. Lay the hose in a sink filled with water and liquid soap and allow the warm water to clean the inside area of the hose. If it is necessary, you can use a small brush to clean gently the inside area of the hose. Rinse the hose well and allow it to dry for a while. The CPAP hose should be replaced periodically.
The CPAP cleaning process ends with cleaning the filters. Their proper operation is essential because they minimize the dust which the CPAP machine sucks inside. With time, the CPAP device can become very dirty and a ground for different kinds of bacteria. It is recommended by manufacturers to regularly replace filters. Some CPAP machines have two types of filters: non disposable and disposable. The non disposable filters usually are made form foam and need to be cleaned once a week. The disposable filters on the other hand, should be replaced periodically, especially when the dirt can be seen on the filters.