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How to care for your CPAP equipment
Regular care and checking of your equipment helps to ensure you’re getting the most from your sleep apnea therapy. We’ve provided some time frames on caring for your machine and mask.
What to do daily
Clean your mask cushion:You may not realise it, but over time your skin releases oils that can reduce the quality and performance of your seal and mask. So after wearing your mask, clean it thoroughly to remove any oils.
By washing it each morning, you will have a clean, dry mask ready to use for your next night.
To clean your mask, use a CPAP designed wipe, or wash it by hand by gently with warm water andmild soap. There are specific cleaning products for your CPAP mask available(click here). Avoid harsh cleaning products, which may damage the mask or leave harmful residue. Allow it to dry away from direct sunlight on a flat surface.
Clean your humidifier water tub:After each use, we recommend that your sleep apnea machine’s water tub is washed out with a mild detergent and warm water. Then thoroughly rinse and allow it to dry away from direct sunlight.
What to do Every Month
Check the filter at the back of your machine. A build-up of dust can impede the effectiveness of your treatment. If you live in a dusty area, or close to the sea, you will need to replace the filter more frequently
Check your mask cushion or pillows as they may deteriorate over time through regular wear and tear.
Check your humidifier water tubfor wear and deterioration. If any component has cracked or become cloudy or pitted, the tub should be replaced.
Every 3 Month
Examine your air tubing for small holes or tears, especially around the cuff, that could cause air leaks and potentially compromise your therapy. If you find any tears, you should replace the tubing.
Every 6 Month
Check your CPAP mask headgear and chin straps. If they’ve lost their elasticity, you may tend to over-tighten the mask, resulting in some discomfort. Replace any part that has become stretched and is no longer providing a good fit.
Inspect the humidifier water tub for wear and deterioration. Clean any white powder deposits using a solution of one part household vinegar to 10 parts water. Replace any part that has developed a leak or become cracked, cloudy or pitted.
Once a Year
It's Vital to keep in touch!
You wouldn’t go too long without visiting a doctor or a dentist, because you know it’s good for your health. So when it comes to ensuring that your sleep apnea therapy is up to scratch, we suggest the same – an annual check-up with both your Sleep Doctor and your Sleep Therapist. There are some things in life that need to run like clockwork - and the journey to improving your sleep health is no different