How to Clean Your CPAP or BIPAP Supplies

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Home CPAP, BIPAP Cleaning Instructions: Water Tank

Hand washing can be performed daily. Dishwashing can be performed once a week for Dishwasher Safe Water Tanks.

  1. Turn the humidifier setting off, turn the therapy device off, and allow the heater plate and water to cool. Warning: Allow the humidifier heater plate and water to cool down for approximately 15 minutes before removing the water tank. A burn may result from: touching the heater plate, coming in contact with the heated water, or touching the tank pan.
  2. Open the humidifier lid with the release lever, and remove the water tank from the humidifier.
  3. Wash the water tank in the dishwasher (top shelf only) or in a solution of warm water and a mild liquid dishwashing detergent. Rinse with clean water. Wipe completely on the top and bottom. Allow the water tank to air dry. Caution: Use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent only for either hand washing or when using a dishwasher. Warning: Empty and clean the water tank daily to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
  4. Inspect the water tank for damage. If the water tank show signs of wear or damage, contact your home care provider for a replacement.
  5. Before using the water tank, fill it with distilled water (per the directions in the “Daily Use” section) no higher than the maximum fill line.

Home Cleaning Instructions: Humidifier Base

Warning: Allow the humidifier heater plate and water to cool down for approximately 15 minutes before removing the water tank. A burn may result from: touching the heater plate, coming in contact with the heated water, or touching the tank pan.
Warning: Before cleaning the humidifier, always remove from the therapy device.

  1. Clean the humidifier base and heater plate by wiping it with a damp cloth. Allow the platform to air dry before reconnecting to the therapy device.
  2. Inspect the humidifier base for any damage and replace it if necessary.
  3. Clean the humidifier outlet port by using a damp bottle brush or a damp cloth. Insert the brush or cloth approximately 2.75 inches (7 cm) into the outlet opening while cleaning.

Home Cleaning Instructions: Heated Tubing

Clean the heated tubing weekly.

  1. Gently wash the heated tubing, including connectors, in a solution of warm water and a mild dish washing detergent to adequately remove adhering substances from the tube and connectors.
  2. Note: Be sure to clean the entire inner surface of the tube by ensuring it is fully immersed in the detergent.  Gently wash the heated tubing, including connectors, in a solution of warm water and a mild dish washing detergent to adequately remove adhering substances from the tube during gentle agitation by hand.
  3. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue from the tube and connectors with water and allow to air dry. Make sure the tube and connectors are dry before next use.
  4. Inspect the heated tubing for damage or wear (cracking, crazing, tears, punctures, etc.). Discard and replace if necessary.

Cleaning or Replacing the Filters.

Depending on the type of CPAP, BIPAP or PAP device, you may have both non-disposable and disposable filters.   Disposable filters are changed every 2 weeks, while Non-Disposable are changed every 6 months.   Non-Disposable filters should be cleaned every two weeks or as needed.

Hand Cleaning CPAP MASKS, Nasal Pillows, Headgear.

Manufacturer  Recommended

Daily Basis:
Wash the mask or pillows with a soft cloth. Gently wash with a solution of warm water and a mild, clear liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly, and allow mask or pillows to air dry.

Monthly Basis:

With a soft cloth, gently wash the swivel connector and tubing in a solution of warm water and a mild, clear liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry.

If Needed Basis:

Wash your headgear and/or chinstrap as needed, perhaps once or twice a week. Again using a soft cloth, gently wash each in a solution of warm water and a mild, clear liquid detergent.

Do Not Use These Supplies to Clean CPAP Equipment

• Vinegar
• Antibacterial wipes
• Antibacterial soaps
• Clorox Bleach
• Ammonia
• Chlorine
• Alcohol
• Scented soaps
• Moisturizers and lotions
• Hand sanitizers
• Oil based products


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