Maintaining your CPAP equipment clean and sanitized at all times will help you avoid plenty of risks. CPAP tubing and masks can gather all sorts of dust particles, viruses, bacteria and even mold buildup and all these represent a huge risk to your health. By using clean and sanitized CPAP equipment you will also enjoy the highest quality therapy on an ongoing basis. Luckily, there are plenty of automatic CPAP equipment sanitizers available on the market, and these can help you disinfect your equipment within minutes, with only one single push of a button. Two of the most popular and trustworthy cleaners available are the VirtuClean and the So Clean 2, so let’s check out some of the best features of each and draw a comparison so that you can make a well informed decision.
Both sanitizers use activated oxygen to perform a thorough cleaning and disinfection of your CPAP equipment. Ozone will help cleaning the insides of your tubing system, your mask or the water chamber. It is important to mention that Ozone is a natural disinfectant, and you do not have to use any harmful chemicals during the cleaning process. You only need to invest in the sanitizer itself, and there is no need to continuously purchase any cleaning agents.
Activated oxygen is also used in water purification and treatment industry, and even hotel sanitation or hotel/housekeeping industries. Once you have such a sanitizer, you can forget about soaking and air drying your tubing, mask or smaller CPAP accessories every day. Simply put the accessories on the tray of the sanitizer, and let the device thoroughly clean and disinfect your medical grade equipment.
SoClean2 – this is an automated CPAP sanitizer and cleaner. The device is capable of destroying up to 99.9% of all the bacteria and germs that reside within your mask, tubing system or water chamber (if you use a CPAP with a humidification system). You do not even have to disassemble anything, and there is no need to use any detergents for the sanitation process.
The machine does not use any water, only activated oxygen to perform the disinfection. When you take out your CPAP equipment from the sanitizer these accessories will be completely dry and ready to use. SoClean 2 Highlights:
SoClean 2 will help you enjoy peace of mind that each time you need a fully sanitized equipment you can get it within minutes. The cleaning process is fully automated, and you do not need to take apart your CPAP equipment before inserting it into the machine. SoClean 2 can be used to sanitize both full face masks and nasal pillow masks.
VirtuClean- highly preferred CPAP equipment sanitizer. VirtuClean is much smaller and more compact than the SoClean2. This is a small and portable cleaning device, weighing only ½ pounds. VirtuClean can be easily packed and carried when you travel for example. Similarly to SoClean2, the VirtuClean uses Ozone (activated oxygen) to clean and disinfect your mask, humidifier or tubing system. The machine does not require any soap, water or harsh chemicals for the cleaning process.
The cleaning cycle of the VirtuClean is 30 minutes. Therefore, it takes about one 1 hour in order to clean your mask and the machine itself. When compared to SoClean2, VirtuClean will take less time to perform the cleaning cycle. However, VirtuClean cannot be preset and it cannot clean all your CPAP accessories at the same time the way SoClean2 does. VirtuClean represents an ideal choice both for home use, but for travels especially. It is small and portable so you can quickly pack it and take it with you wherever you go.
The manufacturer claims that the device comes with a battery life of approximately 10 years, and the device is virtually maintenance free. The charging time is about 2 hours, and you can get up to 7 full cleaning cycles with one battery charge. Sanitizing your CPAP equipment is easier than ever even if you are away from an electricity source.
Keep your CPAP equipment in great working order by performing regular cleaning and sanitation of your accessories. Both these cleaners come with an affordable price tag and they provide a thorough cleaning and disinfection of your important accessories.