CPAP therapy is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea. If the CPAP treatment plan is followed correctly, great benefits can be achieved. Your CPAP machine is a valuable investment for your sleep and overall health. Appropriate and regular care will help extend the lifespan of your CPAP mask, machine and accessories.
To maintain your CPAP, we strongly recommend this regular care routine.
CPAP Cleaning and Maintenance
The outside of your CPAP machine does not require special maintenance. When needed, disconnect the machine and wipe it with a damp cloth. Dry the device as much as possible. Never immerse your CPAP in water.
Get your device tested annually to ensure that it delivers the prescribed pressure. Be aware of the expiry date of your device’s warranty; make sure you have it checked by a healthcare professional on a regular basis before the warranty expires. Dorma offers this service whether as an annual service check, or anytime your CPAP shows abnormal pressure.
Do not allow liquid to spill on or around your CPAP as this may damage the electrical system and void your warranty. When refilling your humidifier, always remove it from the CPAP machine. Distilled water is recommended by most manufacturers. Do not reuse the water; empty the water tank after each use.
Cleaning Products For Your CPAP
Choose a soft cleaner to clean the mask and tubing of your CPAP. Never use abrasive detergents, bleach or alcohol-based solutions.
CPAP Mask Care
Most CPAP mask cushions are made of silicone, a gentle, non-irritating material. Without proper care, the silicone can deteriorate faster than expected. Regularly cleaning your CPAP mask is essential to maintain its effectiveness.
Here are some tips on cleaning and replacing CPAP masks:
- Wash your mask cushion daily with warm water and mild soap.
- Rinse with water and air dry on a clean cloth or paper towel, away from sunlight.
- Before using the mask at night, wash your face and do not use a facial moisturizer.
- The headgear should be washed by hand, as necessary, with warm and soapy water, rinsed thoroughly and air dried.
It is generally recommended to replace the cushions every six months and the mask every year. For information about the replacement schedule for your CPAP mask model, you can refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and/or contact Dorma Lab.
Clean the tubing once a week. Fill a basin with warm water and mild soap. Place the tubing in the solution to clean the entire surface. The tubing is designed to be immersed in water. Use a small brush to clean the inside if required. Rinse thoroughly and let it air dry.
With use, tiny holes can occur in the tubing and cause leaks, compromising the pressure setting prescribed by your specialist. To keep your CPAP performing as intended, the tubing should be replaced every year or more frequently if necessary.
Clean the filters once a week, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and replace them regularly to extend the lifespan of your CPAP machine. Filters are inexpensive and can be used up to 6 months.
When to replace your CPAP mask?
A good mask helps you get a good night’s sleep. This is why it is important to inspect your mask often to detect any signs of damage or deterioration. If you see visible signs of deterioration, it is time to replace the damaged part(s).
Some warning signs:
- You repeatedly find yourself pulling the straps tighter and tighter.
- You notice the mask or cushion has become loose.
- You feel your therapy may be less effective than usual.
- You notice the cushion is slippery even after you clean it.