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franle (@franle)

Cleaning your CPAP mask.

Sleep Health | Last Active: Jul 23, 2019 | Replies (40)

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@jjspokane61

Hello CPAP Friends,
Cleaning every day, all of the components seems like the best practice to me… so far it's about a 5 minute morning task. I guess I'd rather side with OVER cleaning than not cleaning enough. I don't have a heated hose, so I submerge my whole hose in the sink daily… with soapy water… then rinse and hang. I take everything apart (remove straps, and pads), remove the mask from the frame, remove the swivel from the top of the mask) – wash all those parts with soapy water, rinse and set to dry.

I do agree that changing the distilled water container daily seems like over kill… but when I let it sit in the machine, I see condensation in the machine – I don't like that! Moist areas are a breeding ground for bacteria – so every day the distilled water is changed and the tank cleaned. I leave the machine open so it can dry out during the day. One other trick I've been using is that in the evening when I connect everything back up I let it run for a few minutes before putting it on my face. My idea was that any left over moisture in the tube, frame or mask would be evaporated. So far so good!

JJ

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I agree that it is better to do more than not enough. As for the distilled water in the tank being wasted, I have learned that filling the tank to the halfway mark on it results in the water all being used near the end of my sleep. Thus no wasted water and no leftover water to breed germs.

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