How and when should I clean my CPAP mask?
A clean CPAP mask will last longer and should provide a better seal. It will also give you a fresher, more comfortable therapy experience. The user guide for your mask provides full instructions on cleaning, but we’ve also provided answers to some frequently asked questions below. We hope you find them useful!
How often should I clean my mask and headgear?
You should hand wash your mask and headgear by gently rubbing in warm water (approximately 30°C/86°F) with mild washing-up detergent. All components should be rinsed well with drinking-quality water and allowed to air dry out of direct sunlight. Please refer to your mask user guide, or the section below, for more detailed instructions.
Tips: how should I clean my mask?
Your mask user guide contains detailed instructions on cleaning your model of mask. The following cleaning instructions apply to most masks:
Every day or after each use
Disassemble the mask components (see your mask user guide if you need instructions). If you use a nasal pillows mask, you should disassemble the pillows from the frame.
Thoroughly handwash the separated mask components (excluding headgear and soft sleeves) by gently rubbing in warm water (approximately 30°C/86°F) with mild washing-up detergent. To optimise the mask seal, facial oils should be removed from the cushion after use. This is not applicable for the AirTouch F20.
Use a soft bristle brush to clean the vent or any rotating parts on your mask such as the swivel, swivel ring or ball joint that require cleaning.
or after each use
Inspect each component and, if required, repeat washing until visually clean.
Rinse all the components well with drinking-quality water and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight.
Reassemble your mask, when all components including the vent are dry (see your mask user guide if you need instructions).
Hand wash the headgear, including the soft sleeves if these form part of your mask.
Rinse well, squeeze the headgear to remove excess water and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight.
Please note that the headgear can be washed without being disassembled and that the dye used in the headgear may run during the first wash. If any component remains unclean after cleaning, or if you notice visible deterioration of a system component (cracking, discolouration, tears, etc.), you should replace that component.
More tips on our blog section
This section is dedicated to providing helpful tips for people suffering with poor sleep and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). So whether you’re a snorer, you’re worried about your partner’s snoring, or if you’re already diagnosed with OSA and you’re on CPAP therapy, then we’ve plenty of useful info, tips and tricks that may help improve your health and well-being.