How often should I clean my CPAP mask & machine?
Users should follow the manual guide that comes with their CPAP equipment. Cleaning schedules vary from person to person. A general rule of thumb is to wash your CPAP mask, tubing, and water chamber weekly with warm water and mild unscented soap. Clean more frequently if you're prone to sickness or have sensitive skin.
How Often Should I Clean My CPAP Equipment And What Do I Use To Clean?
The cleaning intervals and methods below are only minimum guidelines. Refer to your equipment’s operation manual for manufacturers’ recommended cleaning instructions.
CPAP Mask - Wash daily. Wash the mask cushion with mild detergent, water and rinse thoroughly.
CPAP Filters (washable) - Clean weekly by rinsing in water and by letting air dry.
CPAP Tubing - Wash weekly in warm soapy water, water and rinse thoroughly.
Humidification Chamber (water tank) - Wash weekly in warm water, mild detergent and rinse thoroughly.
How Often Should I Replace My CPAP Equipment?
For optimum performance and hygienic purposes, replace consumable parts approximately every 6 months. Replacement intervals shown are only guidelines. Refer to your equipment’s operation manual for manufacturers’ recommendations. NOTE: Most insurance providers fund replacement CPAP masks and CPAP accessories at the intervals below.
CPAP Mask - For an optimal mask seal and hygienic reasons, replace every 6 months
CPAP Filters (washable) - Replace every 4-6 months
CPAP Filters (disposable) - Replace every 2 months (when dirty or gray)
CPAP Tubing - Replace yearly or earlier if broken or worn out
CPAP Machine - Replace as required. Although many machines continue to operate with no issues, all CPAP machines have an intended service life of 3 to 5 years.
Consider replacing your equipment when CPAP parts discolour, develop mineral buildup, or an odour.