How do I clean my own PAP therapy equipment at home?

We recommend clients clean their equipment daily according to the manufacturer’s guidelines as noted in the instruction manuals for all PAP therapy systems and masks. Clients are to clean their mask parts and hose with mild soap and warm water, followed by a rinse with warm water. Allow all parts to air dry. For clients using a Fisher & Paykel mask that has a gray foam cushion, separate the foam cushion and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Do not submerse the foam cushion in water. CPAP units, only when unplugged, may be wiped down with a damp cloth. Headgear may be cleaned weekly.

A high level disinfectant is not necessary as the equipment is solely used by you. It is also not recommended as the replacement of mask parts will be greatly facilitated with its use.

It is best to clean your equipment first thing in the morning or after you wake up (for clients working shifts) to allow for it to properly air dry before its next use. Clients need to take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety when drying their PAP therapy equipment. Water may drip from accessories leading to spills and the possibility of slips and falls. We recommend that PAP therapy hosing is hung and dried in a clean sink or tub to avoid this possibility. Tip: Attach CPAP hose to CPAP unit (ensure humidifier is empty) and run the unit. The air from the unit will help expel the water and dry the hose.