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Cleaning Sleep Disorder Devices

Follow a schedule to regularly clean your CPAP/BiLevel PAP therapy mask, machine, and accessories

If there is moisture in your sleep disorder devices, bacteria can build up and cause infections in your respiratory tract. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly clean your CPAP therapy equipment on a regular basis.

By properly caring for your sleep disorder devices, you’ll also help them last longer, since the oils on your skin and the minerals found in ordinary tap water can break down the materials used to make your mask. Stick to a regular cleaning schedule to make sure you get the most from your mask, machine, and accessories.

Follow this CPAP Equipment Cleaning Schedule to care for your sleep disorder devices. Before you start, always unplug the CPAP machine and wipe it with a damp towel. Also make sure you detach the tubing from both the mask and the machine so that each piece of equipment gets cleaned completely.

After cleaning, check to be certain your machine is dry before plugging it back in.

NEVER immerse the machine in water as doing so may cause serious electrical shock.

CPAP Equipment Cleaning Schedule

Daily Weekly Monthly
Mask/Nasal Pillows Remove the mask/nasal pillows from the headgear. Clean with warm, mild soap; rinse thoroughly and air dry. Clean with mild soap and water. Rinse thoroughly and air dry. Inspect mask-replace if worn (every 6 mos). Inspect headgear and replace (every 6 mos).
Soak for 20 minutes with a 1:3 mix of white vinegar to water or wash in warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly. Inspect hose-replace if worn (every 6 mos).
Water Chamber Empty water daily and refill with new distilled water. Use only distilled water. Soak for 20 minutes with a 1:3 mix of white vinegar to water or if you have a chamber that comes apart, wash with mild soap and water or you may place it in the TOP rack of your dishwasher. Check chamber for leaks-replace (every 6 mos).
Rinse under running water. Do not reinstall until completely dry. For reusable or disposable filters, check and replace when color changes. Gray filters – replace when worn (every 6 mos). Replace reusable or disposable filters every month or 90 days depending on the type of machine.

Even with excellent care and cleaning, CPAP masks, hoses, water chambers and filters will need replacement eventually. Find out more about CPAP/BiLevel PAP part replacement.

At Graymark, sleep health is our business.  If you have questions about properly cleaning and maintaining your sleep disorder devices or need help establishing a CPAP equipment cleaning schedule, please contact us. We are here to help.