CPAP Maintenance and Cleaning Schedule
  • 13 May 2022
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By Patty - Certified Polysomnographic Technician

CPAP Maintenance Guide

Equipment
Cleaning
Replacement
Machine & Humidifier

Wipe down machine every 2 weeks with a damp cloth



Approximately every 5 years as needed

Mask Cushion

Every day - wipe off the cushion with a moist cloth.


Once a week - soak in a clean sink of warm, soapy water. Rinse and lay to dry.



Every 2 - 3 months for optimal and bacteria free therapy.

Mask Headgear & Frame

Frame - Once a week - soak in a clean sink of warm, soapy water. Rinse and lay to dry.


Headgear - Once a month - soak in a clean sink of warm, soapy water. Rinse and lay to dry.



Every 6 - 12 months

Humidifier/Water Chamber

**Use distilled water only when filling the chamber**


Once a week - in a clean sink of warm, soapy water, use a toothbrush to clean every corner. Lay to dry.



Every 6 - 12 months for optimal and bacteria free therapy.

Heated or Non-Heated Tubing

Once a week - Wash with mild soap and water once a week, rinse well, hang to dry.

Hang to dry whenever you see moisture within it.


**switching between two hoses will give each hose the opportunity to dry fully after each wash**



Every 6 months, or 12 months if you are switching between two hoses.

*A toothbrush is an excellent tool to help clean all the finer areas found in the mask parts.

Filter replacement schedule

Here is how often you should change your CPAP filter. 

ResMed AirSense 10 White Filter
Replace every 2-4 months depending on air quality and dust build up
Philips Respironics DreamStation Light Blue Filter
Replace every 1-2 months depending on air quality and dust build up
Philips Respironics DreamStation Dark Blue Filter

Rinse every month. Replace every 6 months.

**switching between two filters will give each filter the opportunity to dry fully after rinsing – replace both every 12 months**

Disinfect CPAP mask, humidifier chamber and hosing monthly with 1/4 white distilled vinegar and 3/4 water; soak for 20-30 minutes or as needed. Rinse well.


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