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!