Equipment Cleaning

CPAP/BiPAP/VPAP/SVN Equipment Cleaning & Disinfecting Schedule and Instructions

Attention: Cleaning and Disinfecting your respiratory equipment is essential to the life of the equipment and to your health!

Whenever moisture is present, from water supplies, from body humidity, or any bodily fluid, bacteria can grow. If your equipment is not properly cleaned and dried, bacteria builds up and can lead to infections in your body, especially in your airway passages. Also, the oils in your skin and the minerals in tap water can cause premature breakdown in the materials used to manufacture your CPAP equipment, especially your mask. Therefore, we recommend the cleaning and disinfection schedule be followed diligently.

Daily cleaning removes dirt and oils that may harbor germs. Disinfection actually kills germs that may lead to infection.

Remember, always wash your hands prior to handling your CPAP equipment.

To wash your PAP Equipment NOT Device:
Only use a mild, non-lotion detergent. Do not use soap or strong dish washing detergents such as Dawn or Joy. Avoid detergents that use strong perfumes or dyes. We recomend using a dishwashing detergent like Ivory Clear or Palmolive for cleaning your equipment. 

To disinfect your equipment:
Wash equipment with warm, soapy water, rinse and then soak equipment in a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar and 3 parts water for 15 to 30 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly (allow water to run for 3 minutes) with tap water and then allow to air dry. Cover dried parts with a clean towel until the equipment is reassembled. To dry your CPAP tubing, hang over a doorknob or hanger.  

Drying Hints:
Always hang tubing away from direct sunlight, as this will cause the tubing to become yellow, brittle and crack over a period of time. DO NOT attach the wet tubing to your CPAP unit to blow-dry it. The moisture from the tubing can drain back into your machine. Moisture in your unit can cause sudden pressure increases or short circuits. 

Cleaning the PAP unit
- Unplug the unit before cleaning it.
- Never immerse the unit in water.
- Using a cloth slightly dampened with water and dish detergent, wipe the outside   of the unit.
- Using a cloth dampened with water only, wipe the outside of the unit again.
- Use a dry cloth to wipe the unit and then let it air dry.
- Make sure the unit is thoroughly dry before plugging it in. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting the Humidifier
DAILY
- Empty any remaining water after each use.
- Never immerse the unit in water.
- Wash your hands.
- Immerse the humidifier in warm, soapy water.
- Fill the humidifier with the soapy water and shake the humidifier vigorously.
- Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
WEEKLY
- Mix a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar and 3 parts water. 
- Soak the humidifier in disinfectant for 20 minutes.
- Be sure the disinfectant completely covers and fills the humidifier.
- Remove the humidifier and shake out the excess solution and rinse with distilled   water.
- Allow to air dry. 

DO's and DON'Ts:
- Don't use alcohol-based products to clean your mask, because it can cause the   materials to become hard and brittle. 
- Do follow the recomended cleaning schedule. 
- Don't use any caustic or household cleaning solutions such as bleach on your     CPAP equipment. 
- Do change your disposable filter frequently. 
- Don't put headgear in the washer or dryer. 

CPAP Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting Schedule

Equipment

Cleaning
Frequency

Instructions

Disinfecting
Frequency

Non-Disposable Filters (gray)

Weekly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Not Required

Disposable Filters

Change as needed
2 per month

Do Not Wash

Not Required

Hose (without humidifier)

Monthly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Not Required

Hose (with humidifier)

Weekly

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Once a week

Mask / Nasal Pillows

Daily

Mild soapy water, Rinse, Air Dry

Once a week

Headgear

As Needed

Hand wash, Mild soapy water, Rinse, Dry

Not Required

Humidifier

Daily

Empty water daily
Mild soapy water, Rinse well, Air Dry

Once a week

CPAP Unit

As Needed

Dust with damp cloth,
No detergents or sprays

Not Required

OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR 

WEEKLY: Wipe off the concentrator with a damp cloth.

DAILY:  
If using a humidifier bottle, clean with warm soapy water, then soak in a solution of 3 parts water and 1 part white vinegar for about 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and re-use.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be
relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice. Arizona Medical Equipment & Supply LLC accepts no liability for the content on this website or for the consequences of any action taken on the 
basis of the information provided. 


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