To get the best possible therapy for your sleep apnea, it's essential to regularly clean your CPAP equipment, including the mask, air tubing and humidifier tub.

CPAP maintenance

Daily mask cleaning tips

For more information on how to clean and care for your product, please refer to your product's user guide.

1
Soak the mask components (frame, elbow and cushion) in warm water (around 30 degrees Celsius) and a mild liquid detergent. Ensure there are no air bubbles while soaking.
2
Shake the mask components vigorously in the water for at least one minute and then hand wash with a soft bristle brush. Pay particular attention to cleaning the rotatable elbow, vent holes, frame where the arms connect, and inside and outside the frame where the elbow connects.
3
Rinse the mask components under running tap water.
4
Shake the mask components to remove excess water.
5
Leave the mask components to air dry away from direct sunlight. Dry the vent by gently wiping with a cloth.

Weekly mask cleaning tips

For more information on how to clean and care for your product, please refer to your product's user guide.

1
Follow the mask disassembly instructions to disconnect the mask headgear and frame.
2
Soak the headgear, elbow and frame in warm water (approximately 30 degrees Celsius) and a mild liquid detergent, and ensure there are no air bubbles while soaking.
3
Hand wash the headgear and frame. When cleaning the frame, you scrub it using a soft bristle brush. Remember to pay attention to cleaning its vent holes.
4
Rinse each of the components under running tap water.
5
Shake the excess water off the frame, and leave each of the cleaned components to air dry away from direct sunlight. Dry the vent by gently wiping with a cloth.

Tubing cleaning tips

For more information on how to clean and care for your product, please refer to your product's user guide.

1
Unplug your CPAP machine from the power source.
2
Disconnect the air tubing/hose from your mask and machine.
3
Rinse the inside and outside of the air tubing with mild detergent and warm water (approximately 30 degrees Celsius). Avoid using stronger cleaning products, including dishwashing liquids, as they may damage the air tubing or leave harmful residue.
4
Rinse again thoroughly with warm water (approximately 30 degrees Celsius).
5
Place the tubing on a flat surface, on top of a towel to dry. Avoid placing in direct sunlight.

Humidifier cleaning tips

For more information on how to clean and care for your product, please refer to your product's user guide.

1
Wash the humidifier in warm water using mild detergent.
2
Rinse the humidifier thoroughly and allow to dry out of direct sunlight and/or heat.
Checking

You should regularly check your mask, humidifier, air tubing and the air filter for any damage.

  1. Check your mask and its components, and replace if there is any visible deterioration (cracking, crazing, tears, etc.), the component should be discarded and replaced.
  2. Check the humidifier:
    • Replace it if it is leaking or has become cracked, cloudy or pitted.
    • Replace it if the seal is cracked or torn.
    • Remove any white powder deposits using a solution of one part household vinegar to 10 parts water.
  3. Check the air tubing and replace it if there are any holes, tears or cracks.
  4. Check the air filter and replace it at least every six months. Replace more often if there are any holes or blockages by dirt or dust.

CPAP cleaning FAQs

What's the best way to clean my mask?

Your mask regularly comes into contact with natural oils from your skin. Over time this can cause accelerated wear and tear on your mask, potentially compromising its seal and irritating your skin.

This is why we recommend cleaning your mask every day to make sure your equipment is working to its full potential.

Wash your mask in clean warm (around 30oC) water with mild liquid detergent, making sure you rinse all components thoroughly before allowing them to dry naturally. Make sure you do not soak the mask. 

If you're running short of time, our mask wipes are a fast and easy cleaning option that can be used on any mask. Simply wipe out the mask and leave to dry naturally.

For specific instructions on cleaning your mask, please refer to your mask user guide. 

Which CPAP parts do I need to clean and how often?

Daily:

  • Mask cushion
  • Air tubing
  • Humidifier water tub

Weekly:

  • Mask frame system
  • Mask headgear
How do I clean my humidifier water tub?

After each use, we recommend that your CPAP machine's water tub is washed out with a mild detergent and warm water. Then thoroughly rinse and allow it to dry away from direct sunlight.

Recommended replacement periods for your CPAP parts

Just like a car, we recommend that you replace the following parts of your CPAP equipment at the indicated intervals for optimal results.

AirTouch F20 cushion
Every 1 month
  • AirTouchTM UltraSoftTM memory foam cushions
AirFit F20 cushion
Every 6 months
  • Silicone mask cushion
  • Device air filter - replace more often if there are any holes or blockages by dirt or dust.
AirFit P10 headgear
Every 8 months
  • Headgear
HumidAir
Every 12 months
  • Humidifier tub

It is recommended that you maintain and inspect your products on a regular basis, and replace any components if deemed necessary. If any visible deterioration of a component is apparent (cracking, discolouration, tears, holes, etc.), the component should be discarded and replaced.