Last year, around this time, we wrote a comprehensive guide to CPAP Equipment Maintenance. With thoughts of spring cleaning in the air once again, we wanted to revisit that topic, while focusing on one of the hardest parts to clean from your CPAP set-up – your tubing.
While one of the more important parts of your set-up, CPAP tubing is not a part that is easily or conveniently cleaned. And because of the fact that condensation from your humidifier can often settle in the tube during use, it does need some TLC to ensure that it, and your sleep therapy, are in top condition.
Two important cleaning options exist for CPAP tubing – CPAP Tubing Cleaner and a CPAP Tube Brush. The first tool is a solution that can be diluted into a soak for your CPAP tubing, ensuring that any bacteria on or inside the tube is eliminated. This also helps remove any dust that might collect on your tube. Another option to complete this type of full-soak cleaning is to use diluted household white vinegar. Its anti-microbial properties are great, yet it is a very gentle, safe cleanser.
The second tool is also an important one is your cleaning arsenal. The CPAP Tube Brush allows you to actually scrub the inside of your tubing fairly easily. While soaking is good, nothing beats actually being able to scrub anything out of your tubing that may accumulate over time. There is really is no other easy way of getting inside the tube without use a tool like this. A good brushing each week combined with soaking your tubing will ensure that it stays clean and free of mold, mildew or bacteria.
And don’t forget – even with the best cleaning practices, most CPAP supplies are designed to be replaced fairly regularly. CPAP tubing should generally be replaced every three months for optimum performance.