Your Relationship with your CPAP Machine

Posted Feb 11, 2011 by Kristen P. in Lifestyle

Your CPAP machine is an investment in your health that is why it is very important for you to maintain a good relationship with you CPAP by taking good care of it.  At CPAP Supply USA we understand the importance of this relationship that is why we have come up with a list of things you can do so that you can have a long, healthy, and good relationship with your CPAP.

  1. Never submerge your CPAP in water: The outer casing of you unit should not require special maintenance but if it does become necessary be sure to unplug your machine and wipe clean with a moist cloth using a mild pure soap detergent.  Dry your unit thoroughly but you should never submerge your CPAP in water as cleaning method.
  2. Replace your CPAP filters: Several factors can play apart in how often you replace your CPAP filters.  Depending on your sleeping environment, replacement is suggested weekly or monthly.  But in household that contain more dust than others, have pets, or have smokers will need to replace their CPAP filters more often.  However, you should always replace your filters when they become visibly dirty or torn. To find a filter that will be the best fit for your CPAP machine click on any of the links above.
  3. Your Mask is Key: Your mask is key to maintain a good relationship with your CPAP, therefore you should clean the soft cushion of you mask daily and the mask frame and headgear should be cleaned weekly.
  4. CPAP Tubing: Should be cleaned weekly and replaced annually or more often if visibly torn or dirty.  Tubing should be cleaned with a mild pure soap detergent, rinsed well, and hang up to dry.  If you have pets, you may want to check your tube for small holes caused from claws or tiny teeth.  You can do this by turning on your CPAP, putting on your mask and running your hand down the length of the tubing to feel for small leaks.  Another thing you can do is use a Tubing Cover to protect your tubing, and to also eliminate the “rain out” effect from heated humidification.    5.      Cleaning Tips:  Eliminate soap residue by using a 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water solution.  You should never use harsh soaps, chlorine bleach, antibacterial or alcohol based solutions, aromatic solutions, and scented oils.  At CPAP Supply USA, we offer a wide variety of cleaning products that will make cleaning your CPAP equipment much easier.

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