Care of your CPAP
Proper care of your CPAP device and mask system helps ensure that you receive optimal therapy. In many circumstances, your insurance provider may cover the replacement costs of the parts.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Your CPAP device does not require regular servicing. However, to increase the life of your machine and ensure that it continues to work well, air filters should be changed regularly. Contact VitalAire if you feel there has been a change in the pressure you are receiving or if you find the pressure intolerable. VitalAire can test the pressure delivered by your CPAP device to make sure that it still matches your physician’s prescription.
Air tubing should be cleaned weekly. Use warm, soapy water to wash the tubing. Dry the tubing out of direct sunlight. Replace the tubing if you notice any signs of deterioration.
The mask frame, cushion and headgear should be kept clean so that the mask continues to provide a quality seal. Wash your face each night to remove excess facial oils and minimize the build-up on your mask between cleanings. The mask cushion should be wiped daily and every few days; the mask and headgear should be hand-washed in lukewarm, soapy water.
Empty and rinse the humidifier chamber daily, wash the humidifier chamber weekly in warm soapy water and soak in a solution of one part vinegar and three parts water for 30 minutes. Rinse well and add fresh water.
The soft seal on the masks and nasal pillows may begin to harden within 6 – 12 months and they should be replaced on a regular basis. Filters should be replaced every 3 months and most insurance companies will provide reimbursement towards a new CPAP unit every 5 years.
- Always use distilled water in the humidifier.
- VitalAire hosts regular CPAP Clinics and will contact you from time to time. Phone VitalAire if your therapy becomes uncomfortable or less effective.
- Use pure soaps; do NOT use oils, bleach, moisturizing or anti-bacterial soaps or any chlorine compounds to wash mask components.
- Contact VitalAire if you notice any signs of deterioration in your mask system. It is important to maintain a leak-free fit.
- If traveling with your CPAP, always disconnect the humidifier chamber from the CPAP unit to avoid getting water into the unit.