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Cleaning C.P.A.P. equipment - A rough guide.

Post by Sleep2Snore » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:14 pm

Cleaning C.P.A.P. equipment.
This should be used as a guide only!

"How often do I need to clean my C.P.A.P. equipment?" To answer this question, we set out to compose a comprehensive guide on proper C.P.A.P. equipment maintenance and cleaning.
C.P.A.P. Humidifier Cleaning and Replacement
Nearly all current C.P.A.P. machines now come stock with a heated humidification system that helps cut down on morning dry mouth as well as keeping your (nose) nasal turbinates from drying out and becoming irritated and inflamed. However, the humidification chamber needs to be cleaned out daily to prevent bacteria build-up as well as calcification. Here's how:


HUMIDIFIER CHAMBER

Remove chamber from humidifier carefully so water doesn't enter your C.P.A.P. (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) machine.
Open chamber and wash with warm, soapy water.
Rinse well with water and allow to dry on a clean cloth or paper towel out of direct sunlight.
Fill with distilled or sterile water. Do not use tap water as it may contain minerals and chemicals that can damage components of the machine. It is also not recommended to use filtered water (i.e. through a Brita filter) for the same reasons.
Once a week the humidifier chamber should be soaked in a solution of 1 part white vinegar 3 parts water for approximately 15-20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with distilled water.

Some humidifier chambers are dishwasher safe, but make sure to check your C.P.A.P. machine's manual before cleaning in a dishwasher.

Humidifier chambers should be replaced as needed.

C.P.A.P. MASKS

C.P.A.P. Mask Cleaning and Replacement.

Most C.P.A.P. mask cushions are made of silicone, a gentle, non-irritating material. However, while silicone is a very comfortable material for masks, it doesn't have a very long lifespan, and without proper care can breakdown quicker than expected. Therefore, cleaning your C.P.A.P. mask is crucial in making it efficient as possible. Here's some tips on C.P.A.P. mask cleaning and replacement:

Wash mask daily with warm water and mild, non-fragrant soap or purchase C.P.A.P. mask specific wipes and detergents.
Rinse with water and allow to air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel out of direct sunlight.
Before using mask at night, wash your face thoroughly and don't use facial moisturisers. Facial oils and moisturisers can breakdown the silicone faster.
Once a week soak mask in solution of 1 part white vinegar 3 parts water before rinsing in distilled water.
Headgear and chinstraps should be washed as needed by hand using warm soapy water, rinsed well, and air dried. Do not place headgear or chinstraps in washing machine or dryer.
For replacement schedules of C.P.A.P. masks, you should check your manufacturer's recommendations. However, for most masks it is recommended that you replace the cushions 1-2 times per year, and the mask every 3-6 years.
C.P.A.P. tubing should be cleaned weekly in a sink of warm, soapy water, rinsed well, and left to hang-dry out of direct sunlight.

C.P.A.P. Filters Cleaning and Replacement.

C.P.A.P. Filters Cleaning and Replacement
Your filters are located near the back of the C.P.A.P. machine, where the device draws air from the room, then it compresses it to your subscribed pressure settings. Nearly all C.P.A.P. machines have a disposable white paper filter and some have an additional re-usable grey/red/pink foam filter media as well.


Here are some cleaning tips for your C.P.A.P. filters:

You should clean the grey/red/pink foam re-usable filter on a weekly basis at least. You may have to clean it more regularly if you have pets, smoke inside your house, or if your home is especially dusty.
Rinse grey/red/pink foam filters with water and allow to dry before placing back into your machine.
The grey/red/pink foam re-usable filters should be replaced when it begins to look worn or after 6 months.
Replace disposable white paper filters monthly or more frequently if it appears dingy or dirty.
Your C.P.A.P. machine itself does not need to be cleaned but you may want to dust it down with a slightly damp cloth as desired.

THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY. Many parts may last longer depending on model and the durability of the mask, seals, filters. The main thing is to keep everything clean and fresh.
If your silicone seal turns yellow from white/opaque it is maybe time you replaced it, even if it looks otherwise fine.
S2S - Sleep2Snore

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Re: Cleaning C.P.A.P. equipment - A rough guide.

Post by Guest » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:01 pm

whose cleaning idea did you use for this ?

A lot a waste of time

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