Cleaning/Maintenance and Replacement Schedule

One of the most important factors in maintaining CPAP compliance is taking proper care of your CPAP equipment. In order to have successful CPAP therapy, you must be willing to make your treatment a priority in your life, and that means regularly cleaning and maintaining your CPAP equipment.

CPAP Humidifier Cleaning and Replacement

Current CPAP Models have heated humidifiers which are important to prevent any dryness of the mouth and nose.   It is recommended you clean the humidifier daily.

  • Remove chamber from humidifier carefully so water doesn't enter your CPAP machine.
  • Open the water chamber and soak in warm soapy water for 5 minutes.  Preferably mild dish soap.
  • Rinse well with water and allow to dry.  Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Always used distilled water, or sterile water to prevent calcification and other minerals from forming on your chamber.
  • Soak your water chamber with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water once a week.  Rinse it thoroughly to prevent the smell of vinegar which can bother some people.
  • Humidifier chambers should be replaced every 6 months or as needed.

CPAP Mask and Tubing Cleaning and Replacement

CPAP masks are made from silicone mostly.  Silicone has the tendency to break down with consistent usage and facial oils can trap excessive bacteria on your mask.  Cleaning the mask is the most important part of CPAP therapy. Here's some tips on CPAP mask cleaning and replacement:

  • Wipe mask with a damp cloth or any CPAP wipe that is safe for your skin and mask daily.
  • Rinse with water and allow to air dry.
  • Once a week, soak mask in solution of 1 part white vinegar 3 parts water for 30 minutes before rinsing in water.
  • Headgear and chinstraps should be gently hand washed with soap and water as needed. 
  • It is recommended that you replace the cushions every 2 months, and the mask every 6 months.  Headgears and Chinstraps as needed.
  • CPAP tubing should be cleaned by soaking in mild soapy water once a week.  Rinse and Air Dry.  Avoid direct Exposure to sun light.

CPAP Filters Cleaning and Replacement

Your CPAP filter is located either in the back or the side of your CPAP unit.  CPAP filters prevent dirt, dust and pet hair from entering your unit.   Here are some cleaning tips for your CPAP filters:

  • Clean your filter weekly with warm soapy water.  Let it air dry.
  • It is recommended to replace disposable white paper filters monthly or as required.

General CPAP Maintenance & CPAP Cleaning Tips

  • Try and make a habit of cleaning your CPAP equipment daily

Never use bleach to clean accessories.

  • Cords and data cards can be replaced if malfunctioning.
  • Place CPAP away from carpet so it doesn’t pick up dust and other particles from your floor.
  • Set reminders to replace any necessary equipment to get the most out of CPAP therapy.