Choosing the Right CPAP Cleaner
A CPAP cleaner or sanitizer is an important part of a CPAP therapy regime. If you use a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea, sanitizing your equipment regularly removes bacteria and germs that accumulate on the mask and in the hose, which can easily cause illness. If your CPAP machine’s water reservoir is not cleaned and dried properly, it also can harbor bacteria and mold.
Hand-washing is the cheapest method of cleaning CPAP equipment, but it is also the most time consuming and least efficient. Automated ultra-violet (UV) light cleaners and ozone “activated oxygen” cleaners provide hospital-grade sanitation and kill about 99.9% of the bacteria, germs or mold that may reside in the equipment. These CPAP cleaners are simpler, more convenient and also do not use water and harsh chemicals to clean your machine.
When buying a CPAP cleaner, make sure you choose one that will either dry your hose and mask completely or not get them wet when cleaning. CPAP cleaners can be either stationary or portable. Purchasing the right sanitizer for your needs will ensure your equipment is clean and has longevity.
Factors to Consider When Deciding on a CPAP Cleaner
- The length of time it takes to thoroughly clean your CPAP equipment can range from five minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the type and model of sanitizer.
- Before you purchase a CPAP cleaner, you should make sure that the CPAP cleaner you are buying is compatible with your sleep apnea therapy machine and whether your CPAP machine needs an adapter. Most CPAP machines should be compatible. CPAP machines with humidifiers and heated hoses will need an adapter.
- Is it easy to use? Some CPAP cleaners allow you to just insert the mask and hose, without the need to dismantle your CPAP equipment. On the other hand, some CPAP cleaners require you to separate the mask and hose before inserting them and/or require dismantling your machine.
- Is it portable? If you travel frequently, a portable CPAP cleaner may be the best option for you. Portable CPAP cleaners usually operate on batteries and can be charged with a USB cable. Having both the full-sized model at home and the portable model for when you travel may be more convenient for you.
- Can it disinfect daily? You can use CPAP cleaners to disinfect your equipment every day instead of hand-washing. Since CPAP cleaners are convenient, you can use them every day. If you would be forced to clean the parts in soap and warm water, it would be very time-consuming. Some cleaners also disinfect other items such as dentures, hearing aids, pacifiers, and toothbrushes.
- Set a budget for how much you can afford and are willing to pay for a CPAP cleaner. You also want to make sure the manufacturer offers a warranty on the product, which usually only covers manufacturing defects or errors, shipping damages or structural defects before it got to you. The warranty does not cover normal wear or issues that came up as a result of using the cleaner. Read through the terms and conditions of the warranty before buying so that you know what to expect in the event your cleaner stops working correctly.
Carmichael’s locations in Crowley, Lafayette and Lake Charles, Louisiana offer a great selection CPAP cleaning and sanitizing machines for patients with sleep apnea. We also carry masks, hoses, mask wipes and additional accessories to help improve the quality of life and ensure a good night’s rest every night. Contact a Carmichael’s representative to discuss any respiratory therapy equipment products and supplies needs or to request additional information.