CPAP Machine Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

August 15, 2016 | By Peter Stanza | Filed in: CPAP Advice.

[SIPC_Content]Cleaning and maintenance of your CPAP machine is vital. Luckily, it doesn’t take very much effort to keep your CPAP machine in good working order. Follow these few tips, and your CPAP machine will continue to provide you with good quality sleep for years.

CPAP Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

    Keep the CPAP machine, mask and accessories out of direct sunlight at all time to prevent damage

    Never use bleach to clean any of the accessories. It is caustic, and will damage many CPAP components.

    Don’t try to fix things yourself. Superglue does not fix everything, and can block off the expiration ports

    Ensure the CPAP machine is placed on a flat surface, away from any interfering objects (i.e. curtains, lamps etc.) with room around the air inlet (usually at the back of the CPAP machine)

    Do not hang CPAP hoses or masks over lights or lamp shades. This can melt and damage these items.

    Always keep the CPAP machine on a raised surface, away from the reach of small children and pets. The CPAP mask cushion is an appealing chew-toy for many pets and toddlers.

    It is a good idea to run your CPAP machine daily, without you attached. This helps dry out the inside of the CPAP machine itself, and reduces the chance of CPAP-caused infection

CPAP Filters Cleaning and Replacement

Your CPAP machine has a filter that helps remove dust and pollens from the inspired air.

Most machines have a disposable white paper filter; and some have a reusable grey filter.

Check the filter/filters regularly, and if you find they are becomine dirty/dusty prior to your replacement/washing interval; reduce this interval.

The grey filters can be washed and reused. It should be cleaned once a fortnight.
To wash them, remove them from the CPAP machine and rinse with water. Make sure you let it dry prior to returning it to the machine, so moisture isn’t sucked into the CPAP machine which can damage the electronics.
Why not have two grey filters; one that has been cleaned and is dry, and another in the machine.
The white disposable filter should be replaced monthly, or more frequently if you:

    – have pets
    – live in a dusty environment
    – are more susceptible to allergens i.e. hayfever

n.b. These are not reusable! These filters will break down and if they are old enough, they can be ‘sucked’ into the machine. Do not wash them, and do not reuse them over and over.[/SIPC_Content]

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