CPAP cleaning is one of the most important parts of using and maintaining a CPAP machine. A warm, humid environment like the one inside your CPAP equipment is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. These pathogens can easily enter your body when you place that mask on your face every night. The best way to prevent that from happening is to maintain a clean CPAP machine.
So, exactly how often you should clean CPAP devices and equipment? Recommendations may vary from one manufacturer to the next, but most suggest the same general guidelines for CPAP cleaning.
Daily CPAP Cleaning
Since your CPAP mask is the part that makes direct contact with your face, it’s smart to get in the habit of cleaning it on a daily basis. Just think of all the oil, sweat and dead skin cells that accumulate in your CPAP mask over the course of one night. This can interfere with the quality and effectiveness of sleep apnea therapy. It can also put you at higher risk of getting sick.
Using a combination of warm water and mild detergent or special wipes designed specifically for CPAP equipment can help you maintain a clean CPAP mask.
Weekly CPAP Cleaning
It’s generally recommended that you clean CPAP tubing and other equipment at least once a week by washing it in a basin of warm, soapy water and then allowing it to air dry completely. You should also include your mask in this thorough CPAP cleaning process.
The Easy Way to Clean a CPAP
Even if you clean CPAP equipment regularly using the methods above, you may find that it’s just not good enough. Manual CPAP cleaning has a high margin of error, as it’s nearly impossible to adequately reach every part of your equipment or remove all pathogens using soap and water or wipes. Plus, you might not have the time for a lengthy cleaning process.
The most effective way to maintain a clean CPAP machine is with an automated device like the SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer. Why risk pathogens building up in your CPAP equipment in between weekly cleanings? With SoClean, you can easily clean and sanitize your CPAP mask, hose and reservoir every day in no time at all. Simply place your mask into the SoClean chamber, close the lid and let SoClean do the rest. SoClean destroys 99.9% of CPAP germs, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re using a clean CPAP machine every night.
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