Keeping your CPAP machine and all of its equipment and accessories clean can help to ensure optimal sleep therapy effectiveness and your health.
Table of Contents
- Why Use a CPAP Cleaner?
- What Happens When You Don’t Clean Your CPAP Equipment?
- How To Clean Your CPAP Mask with VirtuCLEAN
- How To Clean Your Humidifier Chamber with VirtuCLEAN
- CPAP Cleaners – How Effective Are They?
- Will My CPAP Cleaning Machine Disinfect All My Equipment?
- Will My CPAP Cleaning Machine Dry My CPAP Equipment?
- Other CPAP Cleaners
Why Use a CPAP Cleaner?
A CPAP cleaner is an essential piece of equipment for any person who uses CPAP machine to treat their obstructive sleep apnea.
By keeping your CPAP machine sanitized all the time, you will ensure that it functions properly for many years to come. Ineffective CPAP equipment requires replacement which only adds to the cost of CPAP therapy.
Usually, when you purchase a piece of CPAP equipment, the user manual will contain information on how you should clean the CPAP machine as well as any accompanying accessories. The manual goes into detail on how you should clean the CPAP mask, CPAP machine, as well as the tubes.
When you use CPAP equipment that has been properly sanitized, you ensure that you receive improved air quality with each CPAP therapy treatment.
To avoid CPAP infections and illnesses, it is important that you keep your CPAP device clean at all times. Read more about cleaning your machine by clicking here.
What Happens When You Don’t Clean Your CPAP Equipment
When a patient uses a CPAP machine in tandem with a humidifier system as well as heated tubing, it creates a damp environment. The damp environment creates ideal conditions for the growth of fungus, yeast, and mold, and other bacteria.
As you might imagine, these pathogens are no good for the patient’s overall health and can lead to a litany of illnesses that reduce the patient’s quality of life.
To avoid the inconveniences that come with dirty CPAP equipment, it is recommended that you find a good sanitizer such as a CPAP cleaner to rid your equipment of all the accumulated germs that come with long-term use. Learn more about what can happen when you don’t clean your equipment by clicking here .
Some of the illnesses you might suffer from if you do not clean your CPAP machine include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Lung irritation
- Respiratory infection
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
Most manuals will recommend that you use warm soapy water to clean your CPAP equipment or alternatively you could use a vinegar solution. However, these methods of sanitizing your CPAP accessories are time-consuming and take a lot of effort.
Not only is manual washing not very effective since it is hard to reach all of the nooks and crannies in the intricate folds of the face masks or the accordion bends of the tubing, but you can also leave soap residue or chemical fumes in the tubing. These chemical aftermaths can be damaging to the wearers health if breathed in as well as damaging to your CPAP gear. If any of the missed detergent or chemical residue is left on any of the soft plastic of your face mask or gets into the bends of your hose, it could cause the materials to start to get brittle, break down, or discolor. You will also want to remember that after hand washing CPAP equipment you need to give it time to air dry which can be an inconvenience if you are cleaning your equipment right before you intend to use it, as there might not be enough time for all the moisture to dry.
Fortunately, with a CPAP cleaner like VirtuCLEAN, you do not need to be concerned at all as the whole sanitization process is automated.
VirtuCLEAN is the industry’s lightest, smallest, and easiest way to properly clean your CPAP equipment. VirtuCLEAN uses O3.
How To Clean Your CPAP Mask with VirtuCLEAN
Connect your standard PAP tubing to the VirtuCLEAN device, place the mask in the VirtuCLEAN bag and zip it closed. The bag will have a small area where the tubing and the mask meet. This allows proper ventilation in the Ozone enriched area while still attached to the tubing.
“Fortunately, with a CPAP cleaner like VirtuCLEAN, you do not need to be concerned at all as the whole sanitization process is automated.”
Turn the VirtuCLEAN device ON by pressing the orange button by pressing it approximately 2 – 3 seconds then release. The device will automatically turn itself off when the cycle is complete in only 30 minutes.
How To Clean Your Humidifier Chamber with VirtuCLEAN
Empty the water from the humidifier chamber.
Disconnect the tubing from the CPAP mask and connect the other end of the tubing to the CPAP device. Note you do not need to use the VirtuCLEAN bag when cleaning your humidifier chamber.
Turn ON the device by pressing the orange power button for approximately 2 -3 seconds and in 30 minutes your humidifier chamber, as well as your tubing, will be cleaned and the VirtuCLEAN device will automatically shut itself OFF.
CPAP Cleaner – How Effective Are They?
Compared to hand washing your CPAP equipment, CPAP cleaners are highly effective. For instance, VirtuCLEAN, kills 99.9% of all germs.
Using an automated CPAP cleaner, you can maintain high cleanliness standards for your CPAP equipment without having to disassemble a machine. This is a major benefit especially for people who might have a hard time moving about.
By using a CPAP cleaner, you will be ensuring that your CPAP equipment maintains hospital grade cleanliness standards.
VirtuCLEAN is a CPAP cleaner that was designed with frequent travelers in mind hence its small size. Not only is it easily able to fit in your traveling suitcase, it is also has a pocket-friendly price.
It has a battery that charges in 2 hours not to mention it is ultra-quiet when in operation mode.
Unlike other CPAP cleaners, VirtuCLEAN does not require maintenance or changing of parts. VirtuCLEAN’s battery life is 10 years and the device comes with an 18-month warranty.
VirtuCLEAN is ideal for use by patients who do not have the time to clean the machine. Sleep therapists recommend that CPAP equipment should be cleaned regularly; at least once a week. But what if you’re suffering from a respiratory illness such as the flu?
In such cases, it is recommended that you clean your CPAP equipment on a daily basis. To reduce condensation, experts advise that you should use a humidifier and heated tubing system. To avoid any risk of infection, it is advised that you only use distilled water in your system.
You need to replace the CPAP masks every 3 – 4 months. You will also need to keep an up-to-date replacement schedule for all CPAP parts. Click here to learn more about replacing your equipment.
Will My CPAP Cleaning Machine Disinfect All My Equipment?
Yes, CPAP cleaners are designed to disinfect all your cleaning equipment. The VirtuCLEAN device for instance, is designed to clean the tubing, CPAP mask, as well as the CPAP humidifier.
Will My CPAP Cleaning Machine Dry My CPAP Equipment?
Yes, CPAP cleaners dry any moisture that might have accumulated in your CPAP equipment. Since VirtuCLEAN does not use moisture to clean your CPAP equipment, there is no chance of getting any moisture in your equipment.
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Other CPAP Cleaners
Though VirtuCLEAN is one of our most popular modes, it is not the only CPAP cleaner that we offer here at BestCPAPCleaner.com. We also offer a few other leading CPAP disinfectors. You can purchase the following leading CPAP sanitizers here:
- Uses an internal chamber and ozone for cleaning purposes. This device requires you to hook it to your CPAP device one time only. Each night you place your mask into the chamber and press a button. It then cleans all of your CPAP gear.
- Uses an internal chamber and ultraviolet light for cleaning purposes. This device has you disconnect your mask and water chamber each time that you clean it. You place your gear into the chamber and press a button. Not only does this sanitizer have the shortest cleaning time, it can also disinfect other common house hold items. The only note worthy thing is that the Lumin cannot effectively clean your tubing.
- Lumin Bullet
- This unit was made to be a companion device to the Lumin. It uses ultraviolet light to sanitize your CPAP hose. It is capable of working with out the main Lumin CPAP sanitizer and can be an affordable solution for ensuing your tubing is disinfected appropriately.
“We also offer the leading CPAP disinfectors.”
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