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Cleaning your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment

Acceptable cleaning products

Continuous positive airway pressure equipment

To keep your machine working properly, it is important to keep the machine and all the parts clean. Mild soap and tap water should be used to clean all the parts of your machine.

Products that are abrasive such as cleanser, bleach, alcohol and disinfectants can be damaging and cause discoloration to the machine parts.

Do not put any part of the machine in a dishwasher.

Cleaning the outside of the machine

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Equipment
  1. Unplug the machine.
  2. Wipe down the machine with a damp cloth when it is dusty.
  3. Allow the machine to thoroughly dry before plugging it back into the wall.
  4. Clean the outside of the machine once a week.

Cleaning the tubing

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Equipment tubing
  1. Disconnect the tubing from the humidifier.
  2. Rinse the tubing with tap water every morning.
  3. Hang the tubing over a towel bar with both ends pointing toward the floor for drying.
  4. Once a week, soak the tubing for 20 minutes in warm water with a mild soap or in a solution of one part white vinegar and one part tap water.
  5. Rinse the tubing thoroughly with tap water.
  6. Hang the tubing over a towel bar with both ends pointing toward the floor for drying.

Cleaning the humidifier

Plastic tray of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Equipment
  1. Unplug the machine.
  2. Let the humidifier cool for 15 minutes before removing it from the machine.
  3. Empty the water out down the sink.
  4. Wash the tank with warm tap water and mild soap once a week.

Cleaning the mask

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Equipment mask
  1. Wash the mask every day.
  2. Use mild soap and water and let it air dry.

Cleaning the filters

showing back of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Equipment
  1. Wash the gray (rear) filter once a week with warm tap water and mild soap.
  2. Allow the filter to air dry.
  3. Place the filter back in the machine once it is thoroughly dry.
  4. Replace the front (space ship) filter if it is dirty or torn, or replace it every 30 days.
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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: HV3

Resource Type: Article

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