It’s spring cleaning season and what better time to discuss the importance of having a clean CPAP mask? We are here to tell you that it is incredibly important to frequently clean your mask for the longevity of the equipment and your health!
Risks of Not Cleaning Your Mask
Think about any item that you use daily. Whether it be a pillow, toothbrush or dishes, these items have a lifespan of use and either need to be cleaned or replaced. What happens if you don’t? Bacteria can build up. You use this mask every day and the oils from your face are left with each use. Additionally, the mask is the perfect environment for mold and bacteria, as humidity and moisture fill your respiratory system. It’s for this reason that the mask should be cleaned.
When you let the bacteria from the mask build up, it can make you sick. The air from the CPAP machine goes directly into your throat, windpipe and lungs. Many, if not most sicknesses, start in the back of the throat. Imagine what flooding the area with dirty mask bacteria can do to your immune system. Being sick can also lead to difficulty using your mask compliantly. Overall, to take care of your machine means to take care of yourself.
Longevity of Equipment
How to Clean Your Mask
Cleaning your mask is fairly simple, whether you have our full face mask like the Simplus, the Eson™ nasal mask, or nasal pillow mask like the Opus™ 360, they will all need sufficient cleaning. The mask should be washed daily. Get into the habit of doing this each morning so that it is ready to go before bed. You should avoid using materials to clean the mask that aren’t either basic soap and water or specialized cleaning supplies for CPAPs. Damaging cleaning products would be vinegar, bleach or scented oils. Keep it simple.
The mask is too valuable to not take the utmost care. If you’re short on time, a great product to have would be the Contour CPAP Mask Wipes. These are a quick way to remove the oil and bacteria without harming the mask. If you take great care of it, you should only need to replace the mask every six months.
Make sure you are getting the most out of your CPAP and taking proper care of it! For more tips or products to help, reach out to us today!