CPAP is shorthand for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and is a remarkable device that helps keep the airways open to induce a good night?s sleep. This device is generally used by people with breathing problems, such as sleep apnea.
At Aviss Health, we do our best to help our patients sleep well with a thorough guidance on the best sleeping practices, medications, and modern devices like CPAP machine.
Taking care of your CPAP is quick and simple ? just follow the process we?ve outlined for you here.
CPAP Mask Cleaning and Replacement
You should take good care of your mask; else it might run out of use quicker than expected. The mask cushions are made of silicone, and can be cleaned easily. Here?re the tips:
- It?s important that you wash your mask every day ? you can use warm water or buy CPAP mask specific wipes and detergents
- Let the mask dry out ? but keep it away from direct sunlight
- Wash your face thoroughly before you put on the mask at night
- Every week or so, let your mask soak in solution of 1 part white vinegar 3 parts water ? rinse it afterwards with distilled water
- Avoid washing machine or dryer for cleaning Headgear and chinstraps ? try hand wash instead
- Replace your mask cushions 1-2 times a month, and mask every 3 to 6 months ? or you can consult your sleep specialist
- Clean the tubing as well ? try cleaning them every week with warm and soapy water
Cleaning the CPAP Humidifier
The humidifier helps keeping morning dry mouth at bay, and also helps with nasal turbinates from becoming irritated and inflamed. With some simple steps, you can keep your humidifier clean and effective.
- First, remove the chamber from the machine?s humidifier
- Now open the chamber and clean it well with warm, soapy water
- Now let it dry on a piece of clean cloth
- Soak the chamber every once in a week in a solution of 1 part white vinegar 3 parts water for about 15-20 minutes ? then rinse it with distilled water
- Replace your chamber every 6 months or so, or as your doctor suggests
Cleaning Your CPAP Filters
You?ll often see a disposable white paper filter with your device ? some devices also come with an additional non-disposable grey filter.
- The gray filter needs to be cleaned every week or so
- Rinse the filter well with water and let it dry
- Replace your filters when they begin to look worn out or after a period of 6 months
- You can replace the white filters once in a month or when they appear worn out
- Also do try dusting your machine off with a slightly damp cloth every once in a while
General Tips for CPAP Maintenance & Cleaning
Now let?s come down to a couple of general cleaning tips. They include:
- Cleaning the equipment in the mornings to allow it enough time to dry out
- Avoid direct sunlight else you might damage the machine or its components
- Avoid bleach
- Replace the machine accessories when the equipment itself goes out of order
- Always place your CPAP on a level surface away from things like curtains ? since they may interfere with the air intake
- Keep a note of when you should clean or replace your equipment or its parts so that you continue to get the most out of your CPAP therapy