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How to Clean a BiPAP Machine

By China Zmuida ; Updated July 27, 2017

A BiPAP or bi-level positive airway pressure device, delivers two different pressures of air for the treatment of sleep apnea. A higher pressure of air is delivered when you inhale, and a lower pressure is used as you exhale. Routine maintenance of your machine is important, to not only extend the life of your device, but to keep dust and debris from accumulating within your BiPAP.

Wash your BiPAP nasal mask or nasal pillows with a mild detergent soap and warm water in your sink daily. According to CPAPnow.com, agitate your gear in the water for up to five minutes.

Rinse your gear thoroughly. Lay your nasal mask out on a towel to air dry.

Wash your BiPAP tubing twice a month, as indicated by the Lutheran Medical Center. The hose connects from the BiPAP device to your face mask. Wash your tubing in the sink by placing soapy water in the tube and rinsing the tube out. Place the tubing over your shower rod to dry.

Wash your headgear (straps) in soap and water when it becomes soiled with dirt. Lay out the headgear on a towel.

Wet a cloth and wipe your BiPAP machine when necessary. Wash filters in your machine that are non-disposable. Run the filter under tap water and air dry.

Wash your humidifier chamber in soap and water weekly. Disinfect your humidifier chamber with one part vinegar and up to five parts water, as stated by CPAPnow.com. The humidifier chamber should be disinfected to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

Tip

Cleaning your head gear in the morning will have your gear dry by night time.

Dust around your BiPAP to keep dust from settling on your device.

Replace disposable filters once a month and non-disposable filters once a year.

Warnings

Never use bleach to clean or soak the parts of your BiPAP. This can damage your equipment.

Never submerge your BiPAP machine in water.

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