Useful Information for Patients

CPAP / Equipment Cleaning Guide

Mask

Daily: Wash mask cushion with warm soapy water or use unscented wipe
Weekly: Dismantle into parts. Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and air dry
2-6 Months: Inspect for damage. eg tears

Headgear

Fortnightly: Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and air dry
2-6 Months: Inspect for damage. eg. velcro not sticking

Tubing

Daily: If condensation present, hang to dry
Weekly: Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and air dry
2-6 Months: Inspect for damage. eg. small holes.

Filters

Fortnightly: Brush off dust. Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry completely
2-6 Months: Replace if very grey. Special thin white filters – do not wash and replace when grey

Humidifier Chamber

Daily: Empty water in the morning and air dry. Fill nightly with fresh water
Weekly: Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and air dry
2-6 Months: Inspect for damage. If mould present wash with vinegar and water, rinse and air dry

Table 1

Remember:

• Use unscented gentle soap on all CPAP equipment
• Avoid direct sunlight when drying all CPAP equipment
• Do NOT cover the small holes in the mask that are designed for exhaled carbon dioxide to escape
• CPAP machines are best positioned on a bedside table and off dusty floors. Place a mat under the machine if noise reverberation is a problem