Keep your equipment working at peak performance with some simple maintenance.
To lengthen the life of your equipment and supplies, it is important to inspect and clean all components regularly.
Do NOT clean any parts of the system with alcohol, commercial cleaning solutions containing alcohol, bleach or any strong household cleansers.
The masks, tubing and headgear should last approximately 6 to 12 months, but the actual life of the equipment can vary considerably. Check with your insurer for coverage. Most insurance plans cover supplies every 3 – 6 months, but at least every 12 months.
Clean the humidifer daily
- Empty any remaining water out of the reservoir after each use.
- Wash your hands.
- Immerse the humidifier in warm, soapy water. Fill the humidifier with the soapy water and shake vigorously.
- Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
- Vinegar and distilled water can be used to clean the humidifier ONLY. Do NOT clean other supplies with vinegar and water.
NOTE: If distilled water is not available and you have used tap or bottled water for humidification you may want to clean the humidifier reservoir with vinegar and water to remove any scaling.
Daily cleaning is recommended for CPAP masks. Follow the cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer for your specific CPAP supplies.
- Wash your hands.
- Disconnect the mask from the hose. Disassemble the mask or pillows from the shell and headgear.
- Use a cloth or you hands to gently wash the mask or pillows and shell with a solution of warm tap water and mild detergent. The headgear can be washed by hand periodically.
- Rinse thoroughly with tap water and clean again.
- Allow the mask or pillows to air dry.
- Reassemble the mask.
Once a week clean the CPAP hose in mild soapy water for about 30 minutes. Another option is to swish soapy water through the hose. Rinse the hose thoroughly with water.
- Try to clean the hose in the early morning so that the hose has time to dry.
- Hang the hose to dry.
- Reattach the hose in the evening and allow the CPAP or APAP unit to run for a few minutes to remove any excess moisture from the hose.
Your CPAP unit has a filter or filters to protect the unit. Clean filters ensure that the blower operates efficiently.
Dirty inlet filters may cause high operating temperatures that may affect the device performance and longevity.
On a monthly basis remove the filter or filters to inspect for integrity or cleanliness. Replace the filter(s) based on your clinician’s recommendation or as outlined in the user manual.
CPAP or APAP Cabinet Cleaning
The CPAP or APAP and the humidifier cabinet (the outside of the units) will need to be cleaned in the same fashion as any other electronics in your bedroom. The unit can be dusted or wiped down with mild detergent.
- Try to avoid strong detergents. Strong odors may linger on the cabinet and be drawn into the blower.