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Sleep and CPAP Guide

CPAP Maintenance

Just like your car, you need to make sure your CPAP equipment is maintained for the best performance as well as safety reasons. There are daily, weekly and yearly cleaning and maintenance items that should be taken care of for optimal treatment.

Daily Cleaning

Your tubing, mask and headgear should be washed every day to get rid of any dirt particles or oils from your skin. Place all of these items in a sink with warm, soapy water (a small amount of dish detergent will work). Agitate these items in the sink for about 5 minutes to get rid of dirt and oils then rinse with warm water and dry completely. Try to wash these items as early as possible in the day to make sure they dry completely.

Weekly Cleaning

You should wash your filter with tap water every week. Rinse the filter under running tap water, squeezing it every once in awhile to get out the dirt. Then dab it dry with a towel to get most of the moisture and place it back in the machine. If you use a humidifier, it needs to be washed once a week as well. To disinfect, combine one part vinegar and three parts water in the humidifier for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Yearly Maintenance

The filter in your CPAP machine needs to be changed annually. You should also send in your machine once a year to make sure the internal parts are functioning correctly and the settings are still what they need to be for your individual treatment.

For any parts that need to be replaced or if you need to switch out machines or masks, you'll need to check with Medicare to see what is covered.