Proper cleaning and care of your CPAP supplies is just as important as the therapy itself. Dirty masks and parts can lead to:
- an improper mask seal creating air leakage and loss of therapy;
- an overheating and malfunctioning CPAP unit with a clogged filter;
- mold growing in the tubing leading to illness.
Here are some tips on how to keep everything functioning properly and extending the life of your supplies:
1 – Wash your mask and tubing every morning by using a mild dish soap (non-antibacterial) and warm water. Remember to rinse well and let all washed parts air dry. Try hanging your tubing from the shower head so it can drip dry fully.
2 – Wash the reusable filter and water chamber weekly (or more often depending on living conditions; pets, excessive dust, etc.) also with mild dish soap and warm water. Some water chambers are even dishwasher safe. Be sure the filter is completely dry prior to use.
3 – Only use distilled water in the water chamber. Calcification build up will occur with tap water use and will lead to improper humidification and can ruin your water chamber.
4 – Replace supplies when the mask is no longer fitting properly or they show visual signs of wear (stretched headgear, torn seal or tubing, etc.)
Feel free to contact us for other suggestions on cleaning and care or if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help you Live Life Well!