It is essential that your CPAP mask is washed and cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate body oils, dust and dirt. Failure to do this can lead to problems with mask leak and will also reduce the life of the product and compromise your treatment.
Your mask system should be washed at least once a week in lukewarm, soapy water using a plain washing up liquid. Do not use any product that has any additives. Avoid using toilet soap or any solutions that contain bleach, chlorine (Milton) aromatics or moisturisers.
You should not use bacterial or baby wipes. These will cause damage to the mask cushion and consequently problems with your mask-fit. To keep your mask clean and fresh between washes, use a specific CPAP mask-cleaning product such as ResMed’s CPAP mask wipes. These are designed to remove dirt and oils from your mask without hardening or deteriorating any parts.
The interface of your mask can be completely disassembled into its individual components and all parts washed in the soapy water. Rinse thoroughly to ensure that no detergent or soap residue remains and let it air dry before putting the mask together again. Do not place your mask in direct sunlight or on a radiator as this will shorten the mask life.
Your headgear can also be washed in this way. When it is new some dye might run but this will generally only occur during the first wash. Do not use bleach on the headgear as this will adversely affect the fabric.
It is advisable to undo the Velcro straps on your headgear before washing otherwise these will ‘weld‘ and it will be difficult to re-adjust the straps when refitting your mask.
Periodically inspect your mask components for any signs of wear – cracking, crazing or tears in the cushion. If any of these are observed replace the component as soon as possible as failure to do so may compromise your treatment.
Always ensure that the mask has been assembled correctly – failure to do this could affect the effectiveness of your treatment. In particular do not lose the small silicon port cap located at the bottom of the mask frame as this would cause excessive mask leak and so compromise treatment.
With care and if you follow the above recommendations your mask should last at least 12-months.
Choice of Mask
It is essential that you are correctly assessed and fitted with the right type and size of mask for you. This will ensure you obtain maximum comfort and benefits from your treatment.
If you are unsure which mask to chose or if you have the right one, contact your sleep clinic to discuss. Alternatively you can call the RealSleep customer service team on 0800 917 7071 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org where one of the trained and experienced team will be happy to advise you.