As treatment becomes part of your daily routine you will need to maintain and clean the equipment to ensure that it functions as intended.
Here are some instructions and tips for properly maintaining your equipment and accessories.
The insert in a silicone mask becomes greasy over time due to skin fat. The mask then loses its sealing function, causing air leakage. It is important to clean the silicone part of the mask daily, immediately after you get up to prevent the degradation of the silicone. The hard parts of the mask and the mask frame should be cleaned once a week. The headband should be cleaned once a month.
The cleaning schedule is as follows:
Silicone mask insert
- Wet the mask insert
- Apply pure detergent with massaging movements
- Rinse while massaging with lukewarm water
- Allow the mask insert to dry
The mask frame
- Clean with detergent and a soft brush
- Wash by hand (note: the Velcro will wear in the washing machine)
A CPAP device draws in air and then blows it out under increased pressure through the hose and the mask. To protect the interior against dust particles, the device contains one or more filters. Depending on the brand, these filters must be rinsed or replaced. The overview table opposite provides clearer guidance on what to do for the filters in your device.
Note: filters that require rinsing must always be thoroughly dried before placing them back into the device.
To keep the hose clean and fresh, it is important to clean it weekly, following these steps:
- Fill the hose with lukewarm water and a drop of washing-up liquid
- Keep both ends sealed and shake the liquid several times throughout
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap – a shower can be useful for longer tubes
- Hang the hose so that it can dry well. Do not put the hose in direct sunlight. You can also use a drying hanger, specially designed to allow the hose to dry after cleaning
If you use a humidifier, it is important to empty the water chamber every day, immediately after you get up. This is more hygienic and prevents water damage to your equipment.
Wash the humidifier weekly by hand. If you use cold tap water, it is important to descale the humidifier on a weekly basis.
Some device manuals indicate that the water chamber is dishwasher safe. However, we recommend washing the chamber by hand as some dishwasher tablets contain chemicals that damage the chamber materials.
To extend the life of the humidifier you can fill it with demineralised water. There is no lime in demineralised water, which prevents limescale build up.
Cleaning schedule is as follows: