cpapsuccess.com/html/cleaning.html Here is another cleaning link. As you go on line and research cleaning tips, you will find they are all different. Many people like to soak their equipment. I wash mine in running water. I think the hose in particular gets more benefit from me swishing soapy water back and forth in it. I also hang the hose over the laundry room door to dry or a coat hook. some people forget to mention taking the mask apart to wash it. I did not know the new masks came in layers. My old one was one piece. I got in trouble for a stinky mask from a tech. I told her if they had given me any instructions with the mask, I might have known there were three separate pieces to it. I think I am due to check and change out filters now. Filter changing is dependent on number of pets, if you live on a gravel road, or if your have a pristine house with an air cleaning system. I have to change mine out pretty frequently.
My techs wanted me to change out the water every night to keep it from growing bacteria. I will admit I do add water too.
Here is a suggested schedule from About.com .....
Time Required: 45 minutes Here's How:
Unplug your CPAP machine from its power source, as there may be a danger of electrical shock if you do not. Although there are many types of masks that can be used with CPAP machines, these generally deliver air through the nose or mouth. Rather than providing separate instructions for each type, all of these shall be generically called a “mask.” Disconnect your mask from the CPAP tubing. If your mask has a headgear, detach it. If there are other pieces that are easily reattached, these also can be separated. Remove the CPAP tubing from any connectors, the humidifier, or from the CPAP machine itself, if it connects directly. If you have one, remove the humidifier unit from the CPAP machine, and separate it into its pieces (if this is easily done). Take a soft cloth and wet it with warm water. Gently wipe down the external surface of the CPAP machine. (Again, make certain it is unplugged while cleaning.) Fill a small sink, tub, or basin with warm water. Add a small amount of gentle dish soap. Submerge the mask, headgear, tubing, and connectors in the warm soapy water. Allow it to soak for a short period of time (about 30 minutes). Alternatively, wipe out the mask with a soft cloth and warm water, and swish soapy water through the tubing. Allow everything to air dry on a towel. These items should ideally be cleaned every day. The humidifier should be cleaned with hot water and mild soap. It should also be allowed to air dry. Remember to only put distilled water in the humidifier. If you do not, there is an increased risk of illness as well as the probability that hard minerals will build up on your equipment. The humidifier should ideally be cleaned weekly. Some CPAP machines have filters in place. It will be important to review your manufacturer’s instructions or ask your equipment provider about how these should be maintained. Some can be rinsed but others must be replaced, and the timing of this will vary depending on the environment you use the machine in. Finally, after everything has been allowed to air dry, reassemble the various parts. Apply the headgear to your mask, hook the mask back onto the tubing and any connectors, and connect the tubing back to the humidifier or directly to the CPAP machine. Turn the machine on briefly and listen for any air leaks that weren’t there previously. If you find that your sleep apnea symptoms have returned or you feel like your machine isn’t working right, bring it in to your equipment provider and have things checked out. Tips:
It is important to keep your equipment clean. Remember that you are breathing whatever might be growing inside there. If you have been sick recently, clean your equipment more often. Remember to always follow the advice of your medical and equipment providers as well as the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your CPAP. Never use any perfumes or cleaning solutions other than gentle soap on your equipment. These can irritate your lungs and make you sick. The humidifier must only contain distilled water. It is likely not advisable to clean your equipment in a dishwasher or washing machine. What You Need
CPAP equipment (mask, headgear, tubing, humidifier, CPAP machine) Soft cloth Warm water Dish soap (mild antibacterial is preferable) Small sink, tub, or basin Towel
Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts.
Cleaning checklist: DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters
Equipment checklist FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scoured and smelling fresh? Do you need to buy more distilled water? MASK: Is it washed, does any part need replacing. HOSE: Are there any air leaks? Have you run soap, mouth wash or other approved cleanser through it? HEAD GEAR: Ignore completely unless it just smells too icky. The less washing the longer the velcro lasts. Have straps lost their spring? Are you waking up with kitty whiskers? It may be time for a new head strap CPAP MACHINE: Wipe down and use dry paint brush to get dirt and dust out of crevices. The paint brush works well on computer keyboards too. ELECTRICAL CORDS: Always a good safety idea to check these if they are tucked out of sight. Who knows what the cat has been doing. OTHER: Do you need a chin strap to keep your mouth closed or cloth liners to protect your skin? MORE OTHER: Do you need to purchase approved disposable wet cloths in case you need to do a quick cleaning and are just too tired to find a sink and soap. ANYTHING ELSE???
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