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Cleaning / Maintenance Info

As with any electrical device, and/or equipment that comes into contact with the face/nose, regular cleaning and maintenance is critical to their effective operation. Cleaning is not difficult and will only take a couple of minutes. This is also critical from a basic hygiene perspective. Masks can absorb contaminants such as oils, sweat, dirt and creams from your skin. Extended contact with these contaminants during the night may irritate the skin. 

Daily:

  • Wash the mask system with warm, soapy water
  • Do not use soaps with added scents. We recommend plain liquid soap or baby shampoo
  • Rinse well and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight

Weekly:

  • Separate and hand wash the mask components and headgear in warm, soapy water. Do not use soaps with added scents.
  • Rinse the components well and allow them to air dry out of direct sunlight.

Caution:

  • Do not use solutions containing vinegar, bleach, chlorine, alcohol, aromatics, moisturisers, antibacterial agents or scented oils to clean any part of the system or air tubing. These solutions may cause damage and reduce the life of the product
  • Do not expose any part of the system or tubing to direct sunlight as it may deteriorate the product
  • If any visible deterioration of a component is apparent (cracking, tears, etc.) the component should be discarded and replaced.

Note:

  • your headgear may be washed without being taken apart
  • the dye used in the headgear may run during the first wash

 

Maintenance is also very important. If any aspect of your mask/machine becomes damaged, you should replace it as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in your treatment not being as effective as it should be.

Please click here to download a patient leaflet which provides more useful CPAP information.

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