CPAP Mask Assembly, Fitting & Cleaning Guides
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Finding The Right CPAP Mask For You
Just like people’s faces, masks come in different shapes and sizes. Our team are happy to support you in finding the best sealing mask. We stock a wide variety of CPAP masks, parts and demo masks for our patients to try and hire.
Please note that all CPAP masks we sell suit all CPAP machines as the elbow that connects to the machine tube/hose is universal (with the exception of the Airmini).
Most masks fall into one of the following categories:
- Nasal pillows mask (sits under your nose or has small prongs that go inside your nostrils, as per images 1 and 2)
- Nasal mask (covers your nose only, as per image 3)
- Full face mask (covers your mouth and nose, either sits over the nose or under the nose, as per images 4 and 5)
For patients who open their mouths when they are asleep, they may require either a full face mask or a nasal mask with a chin strap in order to have successful CPAP therapy. Chin straps are available for short trials (limited hire stock available) and for purchase.
It may take some trial and error to find a mask that fits you perfectly and withstands your tossing and/or turning. This is why we allow our customers to trial our CPAP masks before they purchase to ensure they fit perfectly. A patient’s mask fit can be best confirmed by downloading the data from your equipment.
How To Fit Your CPAP Mask
Fitting your CPAP mask for the first time can really be a struggle; this is why when you purchase a mask from us, one of our friendly CPAP staff will fit it free of charge. While you are here in our store, our team will also demonstrate and explain how to assemble, clean and care for your new equipment. Try fitting your mask in front of the bathroom mirror the first few times until you get the hang of it.
If you are at home and unable to get a perfect seal with your mask, please follow the below video instructions. If the specific mask you own is not listed, find one that is a similar style. Please note that it is best to always adjust both sides of your mask headgear at the same time to keep your mask even on your face.
If you are still struggling to fit your mask, please see our friendly and trained staff for further assistance.
How To Manage Mask Leak
Mask leak is the most common problem CPAP users face and this is most times a simple fix, however, sometimes the leak may be due to a tear in the mask cushion or due to loose and ill fitting headgear. If this is the case, the damaged or stretched parts will need to be replaced in order to continue therapy. Although it is recommended to replace some parts every 6-12 months, you can prolong the lifespan of your equipment by following a regular cleaning schedule. Washing the headgear regularly is key to ensuring it does not stretch and stays nice and fresh. Another recommendation is to only adjust the velcro on your mask headgear as required, rather than every time you fit your mask.
To combat mask leak, follow the below instructions for your type of mask. If the specific mask is not listed, find a similar style mask. Please note that it is best to always adjust both sides of your mask headgear at the same time to keep your mask even on your face.
If the problems persist, please see our friendly and trained staff for further assistance.
How To Clean Your CPAP Mask & Equipment
Below is our CPAP team’s recommendations on how to clean a CPAP mask and your CPAP equipment. Please feel free to adapt our methods to suit.
When cleaning your equipment, please note that some people may have a reaction to different cleaning products. If you experience any redness, discomfort or itchiness after wearing your newly cleaned mask, please discontinue use of that cleaning product.
We recommend the use of dish-washing detergent, white vinegar or specially formulated mask/hose soap and wipes only.
Regional Rehab & Mobility stock Resmed Mask Wipes, Purdoux Mask/Hose Soap and Wipes (available in Aloe Vera or Grapefruit and Lemon scents) and CPAP Hose Brushes.
Recommended Cleaning Guide
– Rinse mask cushion with warm soapy water, leave to air dry
– Empty machine’s water chamber, rinse with warm water, leave to air dry
– Remove headgear from mask, place inside a pillow case or delicate’s bag and place in the washing machine or hand wash, once clean, hang to dry in the shade
– Rinse mask frame / conduit and elbow with dish or mask soap
– Rinse machine filter with with dish or mask soap, leave to air dry (filters can be rinsed a few times before needing to be replaced)
– Run warm water and with dish or mask soap through your machine tube/hose, use a hose brush if you have one available
– Rinse until water is clear, shake the water out and hang in the shade to dry (using a towel rail or the bedhead works well)
– Soak chamber in white vinegar (home brand/cheap variety is fine) for a few hours at least, rinse with warm water and leave to air dry
Click the link below to download a printable cleaning guide.
How To Assemble Your CPAP Mask
Most CPAP masks consist of only a few parts, but some older generation masks have lots of pieces. Whenever you disassemble your mask to clean, take note of what parts are present and where they attach to. Generally, a mask will be made up of just headgear, a cushion/seal, a mask frame and an elbow. If it helps, take a short video or a photo of your mask before disassembling to use for future reference.
Please follow the guides below on how to assemble your mask (if not covered in the initial mask fitting video). If your mask is not shown below, please follow the guide of a similar style mask.
If you are still struggling to assemble your mask or may be concerned you are missing a part, please see our friendly and trained staff for further assistance.
For more helpful tips and tricks, please contact our friendly CPAP staff via phone, email or in store.