CPAP Cleaning Instructions

Cleaning Your CPAP Equipment

In order to ensure the best therapy outcomes, it is important to keep your equipment in top condition. Regular cleaning and replacement of filters, mask and tubing is essential. Please see some useful cleaning tips below, and at any time if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your therapist will also instruct you on proper care of your equipment at time of setup.

Humidifier Cleaning Instructions

Distilled water must be used in all humidifiers. (Filtered water still has minerals which can cause deterioration of the chamber.)

The humidifier chambers should be hand-washed (not dishwasher safe) in warm water with a mild liquid detergent. Rinse all parts with clean water. Allow to air dry.

For periodical disinfecting, the chamber can also be soaked in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Refill the chamber by adding water up to the water level indicator only. (No higher than the maximum fill line located on the front and sides of the tank.)

Tubing Cleaning Instructions

Clean the tubing weekly. Disconnect the flexible tubing form the device and wash gently in a solution of warm water and a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly and air dry. (Hang vertically)

For periodical disinfecting, the tubing can also be soaked in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Mask & Headgear Cleaning Instructions

The mask and headgear can be removed from the tubing and hand-washed twice weekly, preferably in the morning.

**Fisher & Paykel** grey foam inserts should be wiped with a damp cloth. (Do not immerse in water.)

Wash the mask and headgear in warm soapy water quickly but thoroughly. Rinse thoroughly under warm running water; gently squeeze water and hang to dry for use that night.

CPAP Cleaning Summary

  • The mask and headgear should be hand-washed twice a week with warm, soapy water.
  • The grey foam filter should be hand-washed twice a month with warm water and mild detergent.
  • The humidifier chamber should be drained and hand-washed twice a week with warm soapy tap water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • The tubing can be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed thoroughly and hung vertically to dry.
  • Unplug and wipe the outside of the CPAP and humidifier unit with a damp cloth twice a week

*Please refer to your owner’s manual for detailed instruction

*If washed in the morning, all components should be dry for use at bed time.

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