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jonesbc19 Offline

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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset
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Location: Missouri, USA

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Newbie Question; Cleaning
First time user of a xPAP and have a question about cleaning my machine, hoses, mask, etc.. The person at the equipment company indicated once a week I could simply place everything (well not the machine) in warm soapy water, rinse, and air dry. All of that seems easy enough, but what do I use to clean the actual machine or humidifier? Any assistance is appreciated...
06-07-2016 04:26 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet
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RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
the humidifier tank goes in the wash tub with the other stuff. no need to do anything more than replace filters and dust the outside of the rest - unless you have some situation like another poster did with roaches (shudder)

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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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06-07-2016 04:51 PM
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robertbuckley Offline

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Machine: Resprionics BiPAP Auto SV Advanced
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RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
good old unscented soap and water. MY humidifier water tank can go in the dish washer, but never really needed to.
06-07-2016 06:01 PM
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RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
Don't use water temperatures that are hotter than you can submerge your hands in. Some of the plastics employed are low temp plastics. Use a damp cloth to remove any dust from the exterior.

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06-07-2016 06:12 PM
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OpalRose Offline

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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
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Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
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Post: #5
RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
Cleaning and maintenance is fairly easy.
As far as machine, dust off weekly and change filters at least once a month.
It is recommended that you use distilled water in the humidifier chamber.

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06-07-2016 06:47 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
Hi jonesbc19,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I soak my hose, mask and humidifier tank in warm, mild, soapy, )Ivory Liquid,) water once a week. I just wipe the machine down with a damp cloth when I think it needs it.
Much success to you with your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more responses to your post.

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06-07-2016 07:21 PM
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cate1898 Offline

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Post: #7
RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
Welcome to Apnea Board, jonesbc19!

You will find opinions on what is best with regards to cleaning your equipment varying from member to member. Your manufacturer will state their views.

For me I spent the first 8 months being a little OCD and washing the hose, water tank and mask DAILY. Yes, 8 months! At some point in the 8th month I thought about the fact that the hose if blowing air out, not taking it in. So I dropped my acceptable washings of the 8 ft hose to once a week and now my daily tank and mask washing is a breeze. I use Johnson's baby shampoo and rinse twice a week in diluted vinegar water. Works well for me.

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06-08-2016 06:20 AM
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RedCoPete Offline

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Post: #8
RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
I'll clean my silicone nasal pillow set daily, and when I've used my old mask, I'll wash it after use, too. My skin oils will attack the silicone, and my first mask failed in a few months before I learned this. I just use liquid hand soap (Softsoap) and tap water. The pillow set goes back on the frame when it's dry.
06-08-2016 09:05 AM
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jonesbc19 Offline

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RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
Thanks for all the replies! Being new to all of this I just want to make sure that I am doing everything I can to make my CPAP therapy a success.
06-08-2016 10:27 AM
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rem52 Offline

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Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver Advance
Humidifier: built in heated
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Post: #10
RE: Newbie Question; Cleaning
I take off the hose and water tank to dry each day and then throw a shower cap w elastic band over the machine to keep out the dust.
My hose and tank are dry by the time I am ready to use them.
Then cleaning hose, mask and tank with Dawn and warm water once a week and wipe off the machine and look at the filter.
06-08-2016 11:25 AM
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