How to Clean a CPAP Machine
Keeping your CPAP clean is an important step in your treatment program. Manufacturers recommend regular cleaning of CPAP masks, tubing, and water chambers with liquid soap or vinegar and hot water. This will help prevent the buildup of bacteria, mold, and dust that can cause irritation or respiratory infections. CPAP sterilization units are another option to help keep your CPAP squeaky clean and free of germs and other contaminants. While daily cleaning is preferable and a lot more convenient when using a CPAP sterilization unit, we recommend cleaning your CPAP mask, hose, and the machine’s water chamber at least once per week.
How to Clean a CPAP Hose
Cleaning a CPAP hose is easy. Simply immerse the hose in a tub or sink full of hot, soapy water and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and place the hose on a towel or flat surface to dry.
What Happens If You DON’T Clean Your CPAP Machine
Your CPAP machine is critical to your treatment plan. Remember, you’re breathing the air that’s circulating through the machine, so it’s important to make sure it’s as pure and clean as possible. That’s why you must clean your CPAP machine and accessories on a regular basis. If you forget or neglect the cleaning of your CPAP machine and accessories, you’re at risk for developing respiratory tract irritation or even infection! A poor cleaning regimen for your CPAP machine and accessories can lead to:
- Exposure to bacteria or mold build up in the unit and hose
- Experiencing an increase in allergy symptoms
- Increased risk for sinus/respiratory tract infections or pneumonia
- Musty or foul smells to the CPAP air
- Mineral build up in the CPAP machine that can void your warranty or cause premature equipment failure
Our Community Health Talk series addresses all sorts of topics about why sleep is so important to health, different sleep disorders, using a CPAP, and other subjects of interest. Want to know more about the care and cleaning of CPAP equipment, and other common issues experienced by CPAP users, and how to fix them? Join us for an upcoming event!
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