5 Tips for Keeping your CPAP Clean

Need to Clean Your CPAP?

Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Procrastination and PAP Therapy do NOT go together.

  1. Make a schedule.
  2. Be consistent.
  3. Mild detergent only.
  4. Always air dry.
  5. No excuses!

How often do you forget to do something?

If you’re one of the many people who are just overwhelmed in the day and lose track of all the tasks you have to complete in a 24-hour period, take a gander at these tips listed above for the best ways to at least get your PAP therapy! We’ll elaborate on each of the steps below.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”pencil-2″ wrap=”span”] Make a schedule.

Getting these cleaning tasks down on paper or a calendar will get you to a point where cleaning your equipment is like second nature. You won’t even wonder: “When do I clean my water chamber again? Oh, it’s my daily 7am activity to change out the distilled water and clean the chamber with mild detergent – it’s right there on my calendar.”

“Did I already wash my tubing with mild detergent and let it air dry? Oh, there’s that phone reminder to do that! Let me get to it.”

“Let me check what’s on my scheduler today – oh, I still need to wipe down my mask with a damp towel, submerge it in mild detergent and warm water, then wipe it with a clean towel and let it air-dry before I use my machine tonight.”

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”span”] Be consistent.

Being consistent is one of the best things you can do for your PAP therapy to be effective. Effective results require a dedication to consistency that is the only way to achieve real progress! Think of an exercise program or new healthy lifestyle – you wouldn’t just exercise once a week, would you? It’s the same idea with your PAP therapy.

If you want to get better sleep, you have to keep up the therapy in order to get your body used to these pieces of equipment for the ultimate goal of more quality sleep, so consistency in your therapy is key to accomplishing your longterm goals of better health of yourself and happiness of those around you.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”pushpin” wrap=”span”] Mild detergent only.

When you clean your equipment, using harsh soaps will deteriorate your gear at a much more rapid rate than necessary!

Only use mild detergents as recommended by the manufacturer and your gear will last as long as you are gently cleaning and taking care of it on a regular basis. If you are not sure if your detergent is mild enough, definitely do not hesitate to give your equipment manufacturer a call or even contact our respiratory therapists to ask for suggestions or advice.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”spinner-5″ wrap=”span”] Always air dry.

Setting your equipment in the sun is not a wise choice for longterm equipment usage.

The sunlight is usually to harsh for direct exposure with any of your PAP therapy equipment, so be sure to keep your equipment out of the sun when it needs to air dry and check on it periodically if there are windows in the room that might cast sunlight directly onto the drying equipment. While air-drying, be sure to also hang your tubing to ensure that all the excess water drains out.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”wink” wrap=”i”] No excuses.

Seriously.

No excuses for skipping out on your PAP therapy! Your CPAP wants you to use it, clean it, and get better sleep with it – is that such a tall order? Not at all. With your loved ones around you and Breathe Medical behind you, we know you can give the consistency and dedication for successful sleep apnea treatment.

 

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you have any additional questions about cleaning your equipment! We are here to help you.

 

 

What is Sleep Apnea? Breathe Medical can help with that.

The Importance of Replacing CPAP Supplies

 

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As important as dental hygiene is, how well do you take care of your CPAP equipment? For patients undergoing sleep apnea treatment, the CPAP is the most vital tool in their arsenal. One of the best things you could do for your treatment to be effective both in the long-term and short-term is replace your CPAP supplies with the recommended replacement schedule. This CPAP device is in charge of helping put air into your body – why not take care of it to prevent it from malfunctioning?

Keep in mind that different CPAP parts wear out at different times, but the recommended replacement guidelines are as follows:

Every…

15 Days: replace your nasal cushions/pillows*

(* contingent on insurance)

1 Month: get a new mask cushion (or 2) and a new filter

3 Months: get a new mask, new tubing for your CPAP machine, and a new filter

6 Months: get a new mask, new tubing for your CPAP machine, new filter, new water chamber for your machine, and new headgear

Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if you qualify for this recommend replacement schedule for your CPAP supplies. Different insurance providers may have different standards.

BEWARE: if you see any signs of holes, tears, leakages, or discoloration on or around your mask or other machine components, replace that item as soon as possible. Properly functioning parts will provide optimal treatment, so it’s in your best interest to keep your CPAP working as smoothly as possible.

Got headgear? Replace your headgear sooner than every six months if you experience over-stretching or when the elastic is obviously worn out. Do not keep tightening overstretched elastic – that will just provoke improperly-fitting masks and potential face strain.

Besides timely replacement for your CPAP gear, be sure to always maintain the cleanliness of your devices too. The life of a mask can depend on such factors as the amount of oils secreted by the skin, the frequency of mask cleaning, and how often you use the mask. It is best to follow guidelines in each new mask user kit and follow a constant cleaning routine as suggested by mask manufacturers in order to have a mask that functions and helps you breathe properly. Always be consistent in your mask cleaning and use the recommended gentle cleaning agents to prevent accelerated deteriorating of your mask.

For your prolonged health and quality sleep, be sure to consistently replace your CPAP supplies with the recommended schedule and your sleep apnea treatment will be effective!

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you have any trouble with replacement or have any additional questions! We are here to help you. [/vc_column_text][boc_spacing][/vc_column][/vc_row]