How to Clean Your CPAP Machine

CPAP machines maintain a steady volume of air so the user can keep his airways open all the time.

A typical CPAP machine has a number of components such as a mask, humidifier and tubing. Proper maintenance of those tools is very important.

Maintenance involves cleaning them and keeping them hygienic. You can learn tricks for cleaning the equipment from your doctor. You can also get cleaning manuals. Wherever you get the information from is not important. What is important is cleaning it on a regular basis.

Clean CPAP Machine

When you start finding the sign of mold growth in your machine, don’t waste time procrastinating. Early cleaning makes good sense. Inspect your machine on a regular basis.

Cleansing of CPAP Machines Using Standard Cleaners

There are two ways to you can clean your CPAP machine.

One is using CPAP cleaners and the other is by taking advantage of SoClean 2.

Here is how CPAP cleaners can help you…

CPAP Generic Cleaners

Here are the tools you need to clean your CPAP machine:

  • Hot Water/Distilled water
  • Gentle Soap
  • Additional Ultra-fine Filter
  • Clean Dry Cloth
  • White Vinegar
  • Clean Damp Cloth

If you have a scarcity of any one of the above items, it doesn’t mean cleaning is impossible. A person who has a CPAP machine should keep these items to hand. Put them to use as follows…

Outside of the Machine
  • At first, unplug the main unit from the electric supply. This is the first step of generic cleaning
  • Take a damp cloth and wipe the outside of the machine. Now allow the air to dry it
Foam Filter and Ultra-Fine Filter
  • Remove the filters at least once every two weeks
  • Rinse it properly and allow drying to happen naturally. If not satisfied after water cleaning, replace it. But note, ultra-fine filters usually last long than foam filters. You can use an ultra-fine filter for months. Depending on the overall environment, you can make a decision about reusing it. If your environment is too smoky or a bit dusty, the longevity of ultra-fine filters will be diminished
Tubing   
  • Tubing need to be cleaned daily. Remove it from the main device and rinse. To rinse you can use water and mild soap. Swish the water back and forth throughout the tube and empty it. Allow it to dry before reattaching
  • You can also clean the tubing in another way. It needs to be soaked first for around 30 minutes. To soak it you can use white vinegar and water. Pick it up, allow it to dry and you’re good to go
Masks
  • Masks need to be cleaned daily too. Use a bowl of hot water and some mild soap to soak the mask. You can use distilled water instead of hot water. If you find any area of the mask is dirty, try to clean it using your hand. Don’t forget to rinse properly
  • Allow it to dry by natural airing without resorting to dry cloths if you can
  • Now check whether there is any mold still visible that cannot be removed. If you find mold, replace your mask
Headgear and Holding Tanks
  • You should wash headgear at least once a week. The process of cleaning is no different than mask cleaning
  • The holding tank should be cleaned too once a week if the unit has a component like a dehumidifier. You can use a damp cloth and mild soap. Rinse properly and allow it to dry naturally

Cleansing of CPAP Machines Using SoClean 2 Cleaners

SoClean 2 cleaners are machines that ensure ultimate cleansing of CPAP machines. These sanitizer machines can clean to a standard that you simply cannot achieve by the usual method of cleansing. Global brands of CPAP machine producers don’t make SoClean 2 Cleaners directly. But you can get their featured products easily…

For example, we can recommend Better-Rest-Solutions as they are making SoClean 2 sanitizers with their advanced technology with hose adapters for ResMed and Respironics. These are two sanitizers that can work perfectly to help someone in cleaning his CPAP machine.

  •  SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer
  •  SoClean 2 2-CPAP Cleaner-and Sanitizing-Machine with ResMed S9 Heated Hose Adapter
  •  SoClean 2 2-CPAP Cleaner-and Sanitizing-Machine with Respironics Heated Hose Adapter
Features of SoClean 2

Basically, these are the same products except for the change in their heated hose adapter. One of their adapters is made by ResMed where another one is by Respironics. These sanitizers have a product dimension of 7.5 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches and are made of plastic materials

Here are some prominent features of these sanitizers:

  • These are extremely powerful sanitizers and can clean anything with ease
  • Capable of demolishing almost 100% of bacteria and viruses
  • You can clean mold easily with the help of these sanitizers without using any chemicals or even water
  • These sanitizers are tested independently in the lab and have received FDA registration
  • SoClean 2 Cleaners can be connected to your CPAP, Bi-PAP, BPAP and VPAP devices
  • The interface of the SoClean 2 is updated
  • There are advanced indicator lights available

You can get these products in white. The weight of these machines is 5.6 lbs. They are UNSPSC approved and their power source is DC. These products have been reviewed extremely well by their customers. They are happy as they can buy SoClean 2 for a reasonable price and the regular pain of cleaning CPAP machine accessories is minimized

A few things to remember while using SoClean 2
  • You cannot clean the skin oil attaching with the mask by using SoClean 2
  • Filter Cartridge should be changed every six months to ensure hygienic cleaning and better functioning
How to Use SoClean 2 to Clean CPAP Machines

SoClean uses activated oxygen (O3) to destroy all the bacteria or evil molecules inside of a CPAP machine. Here is how you can use your SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer. Using it is very straightforward.

  • When getting the SoClean 2, you will get a manual. Try to read that carefully to set up the machine. Check the ports and fittings
  • Preset the time to clean. For an example, you can set 2.30 minutes for mask cleaning
  • Put the mask into the black space of the SoClean 2 machine and close the box
  • Allow the sanitizer machine to run. You will see a red light outside of the sanitizer machine while the sanitizing process is running
  • After 2.30 minutes, you will see a yellow light signal. It means you should keep the masks inside the box for next two hours.
  • After two hours, you can see a green light signal. Green light transmits the message that you can remove the mask now that is well cleaned
  • For the CPAP machine itself, just connect the machine with the SoClean 2 and allow the O3 to pass through. Within a determined time, your SoClean 2 sanitizer machine will kill all the bacteria and grown mold inside of your machine in an automatic process of activated oxygen swishing back and forth

Conclusion

All devices require maintenance. This is true for your CPAP machines too.

You can ensure their hygiene in two different ways. One is the orthodox regular way and another one is the advanced technological way. Both forms of the cleansing process can provide you hygiene though SoClean is better to use.

If you keep changing your CPAP machine accessories then high-tech sanitizers are not necessary.

Choose which method suits your tastes and budget but remember: keep everything clean!

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