How to Look After Your Machine So It Can Last You 5 Years
You should know by now that your CPAP mask, mask cushions, tubing, and other supplies need to be replaced according to their different life spans, but what about your CPAP machine?
GoCPAP not only offers you a wide range of supplies and accessories to ensure quality CPAP experience, but we also provide you with guides and How-Tos on how to make the most out of your equipment.
When it comes to CPAP machines, these typically last 3 to 5 years. You must know how to look after your machine so that you can get the most out of its features and experience quality CPAP therapy.
Your Guide to CPAP Machine Maintenance
1. Disassembling the parts
Unplug your CPAP machine from the power source to avoid instances of electrical shock. Then, proceed to carefully disassemble the parts. This will allow you to thoroughly clean your device. You will need to detach your mask from the tubing, as well as any accessory like headgears or cushions. The tubing must be disconnected from the machine, and the water chamber from the humidifier.
2. Removing any accumulated dust
First step to cleaning your CPAP equipment is taking a damp cloth and wiping down the external surfaces of your device. Again, be sure that everything is unplugged and disassembled properly.
3. Deep cleaning your CPAP equipment
Fill a basin with warm water and add a small amount of dish soap. Submerge your CPAP equipment and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Once done, allow these to air dry on a clean towel. It is advisable to clean your CPAP equipment daily but once a week is good enough.
4. Reassembling the parts
Make sure to carefully reassemble all the parts of your CPAP equipment. Your headgear should be connected to your mask, and your mask to the tubing system. Connect the tubes to your humidifier, and the humidifier to your CPAP machine. Switch it on and test it out for any leaks that weren’t there before.
Additional Tips to Maintain Your CPAP Machine:
- If you have recently catch a cold, be sure to clean your CPAP equipment thoroughly and more regularly.
- Review and understand your manufacturer’s manual as there are special instructions in maintaining certain CPAP parts.
- Make sure to know the difference between disposable and reusable filters.
- Do not use harsh cleaning solutions or perfumes when washing your CPAP equipment.
- Do note use a dishwasher to clean your CPAP equipment.
Keep in mind that you are directly breathing in the air that comes from your CPAP machine. While the air is both filtered and humidified, you must ensure that you are also taking other measures to keep it as clean as possible.