CPAP Maintenance and Cleaning Schedule
By Patty - Certified Polysomnographic Technician
CPAP Maintenance Guide
|Machine & Humidifier|
Wipe down machine every 2 weeks with a damp cloth
Approximately every 5 years as needed
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
**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.