Oxygen Therapy Cleaning

Cleaning Recommendations

We want to make sure you get the most out of your Oxygen Therapy equipment and also make it last for years to come.

Take some time to go through and understand our Oxygen equipment cleaning instructions listed below. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions regarding cleaning and maintenance of your Oxygen Therapy equipment.

Oxygen Concentrators

Exterior of the concentrator should be wiped with a damp cloth once a week.


The black coarse inlet filters on the concentrator should be washed thoroughly under hot water twice a week. Excess water should be squeezed from the filter or shaken off and the filter allowed to air dry for at least 15 minutes (or until dry) before replacing on concentrator. Soap should not be used when washing the concentrator filters.

Vacuuming the filters weekly is also beneficial.

Nasal Cannula/Mask

The 7-foot nasal cannula should be changed on a monthly basis.

The outside tips of the nasal cannula can be washed each morning IF THE CONCENTRATOR IS LEFT RUNNING.

Wash nasal cannula from the bolo (where single tube divides) to the nasal prong tips using a few drops of soap and warm running water; rinse thoroughly, let dry.

The nasal cannula should not be disconnected from the 50-foot extension or the swivel when washing.

Cylinder Carry Bags

Carry bags can be washed thoroughly with warm water and rinsed well; squeeze out and allow to air dry as long as needed. Bags can also be wiped down with a clean cloth.

Disposable Oxygen Humidifiers

Distilled water should be used in disposal oxygen humidifier bottles. Water should be changed twice a week and the humidifier bottles washed in hot water. Humidifier bottles should be changed if any malfunction occurs, if any part breaks, or if they appear discoloured or excessively dirty.

Regular care and cleaning of your oxygen concentrator, oxygen tubing, nasal cannula, and other associated equipment will help prolong the use of your disposable tubing and improve their comfort.

Trained IRS Independent Respiratory Services personnel will educate you, and any others involved with the oxygen equipment, on safety and how to care for your equipment.

Equipment Service Agreements

An equipment service package is available for client owned equipment. Service includes an annual in home equipment check, annual supply of soft goods (standard package only), and an in branch assessment/consultation with a therapist.

Contact your local IRS branch to speak to a registered therapist about service plan options.

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