Best CPAP Cleaning Methods

Lumin CPAP Cleaner

Taking proper care of your CPAP equipment will help you enjoy the best quality therapy for many years. You need to regularly clean and maintain your CPAP, in order to avoid becoming ill. There are many viruses and bacteria that can reside thin the tubing for example, and this might expose you to certain health risks. Nowadays maintaining your CPAP clean and sanitized is easy and you will not have to spend a lot of time cleaning/washing your accessories.

CPAP Cleaners and Sanitizers

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The market is abounding with generous offers of automatic CPAP cleaners. These cleaners typically use steam in order to sanitize your main CPAP accessories. You need to place your CPAP equipment into the sanitizer, press “Start” and then allow the machine to perform the sanitation process. Some sanitizers allow you to simply place your equipment in one piece, without having to disassemble it. Others will require that you disassemble tubing, mask and other accessories and place them separately into the cleaner.

The greatest majority of sanitizers use the process that you can find in water purification and hospital sanitizing. These devices are capable of destroying up to 99.9% of the mold, bacteria, and viruses that might reside within your CPAP equipment. You don’t have to use harmful chemicals, and all your accessories will basically remain dry throughout the process. Therefore, you do not have to dry your equipment after the sanitation cycle.

Germs and bacteria can accumulate within your CPAP as you simply touch the device/accessory with your hand, or while you attach it to your face. You really do not want to expose yourself to any kinds of health risks by getting treatment with a device that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses or dangerous mold.

The importance of Cleaning your Humidifier on a Daily Basis

Humidifier

Most high-quality CPAP devices come with a humidifier chamber. The humidification system will help to avoid dry mouth syndrome and maintain your nasal passages moist so that you will not struggle with inflammation or irritation after therapy. You must clean your humidification chamber on a daily basis in order to avoid the buildup of bacteria. Follow these steps:

  1. Remove the humidifier chamber and be careful not to spill water into the main unit
  2. Wash thoroughly the chamber using lukewarm water and a detergent
  3. Make sure to rinse well and then allow it to air dry before using it again
  4. It is best not to use water from the tap to fill your chamber. Instead, use sterile/distilled water to get the best results
  5. At least once a week, you should fill up your water chamber with a solution made of water and vinegar (1 part vinegar + 3 parts water).
  6. Allow the solution to sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly several times. Check the instructions manual and see if your humidifier chamber is dishwater safe, and then you can wash it that way once or twice a week. Depending on manufacturer instructions, you might need to replace your water chamber every 6 months, or even sooner if you notice it is damaged in any way.

Cleaning your CPAP mask

Mask Cleaning

Many CPAP masks have parts that are made of silicone. The silicone parts typically need to be replaced often, and they need to be checked regularly to see if there are any breaks or damages present. Make your mask the most efficient by cleaning it on a regular basis.

  • You should wash your mask daily. Use a hypoallergenic, mild detergent and water to thoroughly cleanse your mask. Allow it to air dry.
  • Never put your mask to dry in direct sunlight- you do not want the heat to cause any structural damages/ deformations to your mask.
  • Instead, place your mask on a clean towel which will absorb moisture faster.
  • Protect the silicone parts of your mask by cleaning your face thoroughly with a tonic if possible. The facial oils might make your mask inefficient and the silicone parts will become damaged faster.
  • Make sure to replace the mask cushions at least every month, and the mask 1-2 times per year.
  • You should also thoroughly clean the tubing system using water and a detergent. Rinse well the tubing and let it air dry.

If you do not have an automatic CPAP cleaning machine, you should follow closely these practices of cleaning your main unit, your mask, the tubing and the humidifier chamber. Disassemble everything according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and inspect carefully each accessory at least once a week. If you notice anything has damaged, you need to replace it. You can find online may type of top quality cleaning cloths, devices and special detergents that will help you maintain your CPAP clean and sanitized. Remember, with a clean CPAP you will enjoy top quality and efficient therapy every time.