Care of equipment
Your respiratory therapist will advise you on the daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of the devices and accessories required for your therapy. We also will provide education on the cleaning and replacement of equipment.
Cleaning your mask daily
Wash your mask system with mild warm soapy water. Do not use soaps with added scents. We recommend plain Ivory liquid soap or baby shampoo. Rinse well and allow the air dry. Before putting the mask on at night, use mask wipes to clean the inside and outside of your mask. Do not use mask wipes on your face. It is important that you wash your face thoroughly each night before you put on the mask— this will prevent the oils in your skin from breaking down the silicone in your mask. In addition, each week, headgear and components must be washed in warm unscented soapy water, rinsed, and allowed to air dry.
Be aware of the following:
- Do not use solutions containing vinegar, bleach, chlorine, alcohol, aromatics, moisturizers, antibacterial agents or scented oils to clean any part of the CPAP equipment. These solutions may cause damage and reduce the life expectancy of the product.
- Do not expose any part of the system or tubing to direct sunlight as it may deteriorate the product.
- If visible deterioration of the component is apparent (cracking, tearing etc), the component should be discarded or replaced.