You’ve probably heard how important it is to keep your CPAP equipment clean, but where do you start? As you are starting to get used to the CPAP therapy, the last thing you want to have to worry about is cleaning your mask and machine, but it’s an important step in ensuring your system performs well and helps you sleep better at night. In this beginner’s guide, we will cover everything you need to know about cleaning your CPAP equipment, from what kind of equipment to use and why, as well as tips and tricks from people who have been through it before. Don’t be scared!
What is your equipment made of?
If you have a dreamwear full face mask, there are three main components that go into it: mask, frame and cushion. Each piece is made of different materials; your equipment will most likely vary depending on who manufactured it. Regardless of which model you have, you must keep your equipment clean and sanitary to prevent issues such as red eyes, skin irritation and respiratory infections.
What are you cleaning it with?
Start by cleaning your equipment with warm water and mild soap, rinsing it off with cool water. This will remove any loose particles or grime from your mask, hose, and reservoir. If you’re not sure what to use, make sure it’s labeled as safe for soft plastics and silicone.
Is it sanitized or disinfected?
It is not possible to totally eliminate bacteria from a device that touches your mouth, nose and throat. However, you can reduce the level of bacteria to safe levels. This involves a process known as sanitizing which can be done with various products depending on what it is being applied to. It should not be confused with disinfection which requires higher levels of chemicals or heat.
How long does it take to dry your mask? It depends on several factors. First, you’ll want to make sure you’re allowing your mask to air-dry completely before storing it away. If you store a damp or wet mask, mold may start growing in places where there are small cracks or seams and could end up in your respiratory system. Drying time also depends on how much moisture is present in your mask.
How Often Should I Do This?
The short answer is that you should clean your equipment after every use, but many people simply don’t have time for that. So, how often should you do it? The first thing to remember is that most manufacturers will tell you to clean your equipment daily because they want you to buy their products more frequently.
Where Do I Start?
To clean your DreamWear Full Face Mask, you must follow this procedure. First, unplug your machine from its power source then disconnect the air tubing and mask from the CPAP machine. For the following step, disassemble the gadget into the headgear, frame and cushion. In a tub, sink or trough, clean the gadget’s cushion and headgear to eliminate any oil. You can use soap and clean drinking water to do this. Don’t use strong cleaning agents since they may compromise your mask’s integrity. After cleaning, rinse the mask with warm and quality drinking water. Lastly, place each piece of the equipment on a flat surface to dry. Avoid placing them in direct sun rays to avoid destruction.
Conclusion: A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a vital, but difficult to maintain piece of equipment. If you are unwilling or unable to clean your own machine, you can hire a professional. But if you’re determined to do it yourself, do it the right way!