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Published: October 15, 2020

Q. What do you recommend for cleaning of CPAP masks manually?

A. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks have become a very widely used at home medical device.  Many companies specialize in cleaning and reprocessing these masks.

We would recommend Tergazyme® Enzyme-Active Powdered Detergent. It is an anionic, widely available and potent emulsifier of organic and oily residue, along with protease enzymes for removal of persistent proteinaceous and organic residues.  Tergazyme detergent will also excel in preparing for biofilm elimination which may build up on your mask.

Use a warm (< 130F/55C) bath with a 1-2% solution for 10-20 minutes. This temperature ensures the enzymes are not degraded or reduced in activity which occurs at elevated temperatures. Please also use within 8 hours of formulation to ensure avoidance of enzyme autocatalysis.  After all, protein enzymes are made of protein.

For low foaming applications or preferences, Alcojet® Low Foaming Powdered Detergent and Detojet® Low Foaming Liquid Detergent are the powder and liquid concentrate options, respectively.  These powerfully effective low foaming detergents utilize oxidation removal mechanisms.

Thorough rinsing following the CPAP cleaning ensures a residue-free, critically clean surface.  Once properly cleaned, disinfection, as specified by CDC can follow.

Further details on disinfection and sterilization procedures.

To request this or any Alconox Inc. detergents for free, please complete the questionnaire at Get Sample. For more information about any one of our Alconox Inc. detergents, consult the technical bulletin for each product. Or click here to access each of our detergent’s  Safety Data Sheets.

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