When you first get started with your CPAP machine, there is a lot of information that is thrown at you. After receiving your diagnosis, treatment plan and equipment, they should show you step-by-step instructions on how to clean and take care of it. This piece of information can be easily forgotten, as other information may seem more important at the time. That’s why we wanted to provide a step-by-step guide to help you clean your CPAP machine.  

Why Should You Clean Your CPAP Machine? 

Cleaning your CPAP machine is important because you are breathing in air that is being circulated throughout the machine. Although this air is humidified and filtered, it should still be kept clean in order to ensure what you are breathing in is good for your lungs. By cleaning your CPAP machine, you are avoiding potential dangers and problems such as bacteria and/or mold exposure, allergy symptoms, increased risk for sinus infections or pneumonia, and mineralization within the equipment.  

What Cleaning Supplies Will You Need? 

There are a few supplies you will need to clean your CPAP machine as well as your mask, headgear, tubing and humidifying water chamber. You will need a soft cloth, warm water, mild antibacterial soap, a small sink or tub, and a towel. You can also opt for CPAP cleaning wipes or a sanitizing system made for cleaning a CPAP mask and accessories such as the Sleep8 CPAP Sanitizing Machine or Lumin CPAP Mask and Accessories Cleaner.  

How Do You Clean Your Machine? 

Follow these steps in order to effectively clean your CPAP equipment. This should be done daily, but at the very least make it a habit to clean your machine once a week.  

1. Disassemble the CPAP 

First, you will want to unplug your CPAP machine from the power source to prevent a possible electrical shock. Next, you want to disconnect your mask from the CPAP tubing. If your mask has headgear that is attached to it, you will want to detach that as well. If there are any other pieces on your machine that are easily detachable, you can go ahead and detach them. Next, if it detaches easily, you will want to remove the CPAP tubing from any connectors, the humidifier output or from the CPAP machine itself. Finally, if you have one, remove the water chamber from the humidifier unit of the CPAP machine and separate it into its pieces if it is easy to do so.  

2. Wipe the External Surface 

Now, you want to take a soft cloth and wet it with warm water or use your cleaning wipes. Gently wipe down the external surface of your CPAP machine and accessories to get rid of any dust that may have accumulated on it. Again, make sure that your machine is unplugged to reduce your chances of getting an electrical shock.  

3. Soak the Parts 

After you have wiped down the outside of your machine, you will want to make sure to soak the various parts. To do this, fill a small sink or tub with warm water and add a small amount of gentle dish soap. Submerge the mask, headgear, tubing and any other connectors in the water for about 30 minutes. If you do not have the time to let them soak, you will want to wipe out the mask with a soft cloth and warm water after swishing it through some soapy water. This is also the time to use your CPAP cleaning machine if you have one – then you don’t need to soak certain items the machine can sanitize. 

4. Reassemble 

After everything has had enough time to air dry, it is time to reassemble it. Apply the headgear back to your mask, hook it onto the tubing and any connectors and connect the tubing back to the humidifier or directly to the CPAP machine itself. Then turn it on for a brief time and listen for any air leaks that were not there previously.  

Taking care of your CPAP equipment is important in order to make sure the air that you are breathing is clean and will not cause future harm. By implementing these steps, it will ensure that your CPAP equipment is clean and ready for use. If you want to learn more about CPAP equipment or are curious about what we have to offer, check out our website or contact us.