How to Clean and Maintain an Oxygen Concentrator

An oxygen concentrator must be used on a daily basis and for several hours at a time in order to operate at full efficiency. When you use a piece of equipment on a regular basis, it might become clogged with dirt, dust, spills, and even mould! This is particularly true in the case of home oxygen concentrators. Fortunately, you can keep your Home Concentrator in safe and like-new condition by following a few simple procedures and suggestions.

How to Clean Your Oxygen Concentrator’s Outside

You know how dirt, dust, and debris gather on a TV screen, a laptop screen, and a keyboard? Your Home Concentrator is the same way; it’s just like any other piece of electronic equipment. The good news is that cleaning the outside of your home concentrator is really simple, making it simple to establish as a habit!

Before you start cleaning your home unit, check sure your concentrator is turned off and unplugged from the outlet. You don’t want to expose any internal or external components to water and soap since you don’t want them to get damaged. Dip a soft rag in a mixture of warm water and gentle soap once your unit is safely unplugged from any power sources.

It’s advisable to avoid using harsh soaps or detergents when cleaning a concentrator because they can damage and crack the unit’s protective outer coatings and paint.

Make sure your wash rag is damp, not soaked, by ringing it out and squeezing out any excess liquid. Wipe off the outside of your unit with a soft cloth, using gently circular motions. Use a more aggressive scrubbing motion on stubborn stains, but always be gentle around the unit’s sensitive vents.

After you’ve cleaned up all of the dirt, dust, debris, and spills, thoroughly rinse your rag and wipe down the device once more to eliminate any lingering soap residue.

Wipe clean your unit with a gentle, dry, lint-free towel, or let it to dry naturally.

Before turning on your concentrator and beginning use, make sure it’s thoroughly dry! Always keep your rag damp, not dripping wet.

How to go about cleaning the inside Filters

Because of their high oxygen output, home concentrators are frequently multi-filtered. This implies that a residential unit may have multiple filters to clean and maintain; consult your unit’s handbook for the exact number and location of your filters.

Gross Particle Filters

A Gross Particle Filter cleans the air that enters your oxygen concentrator, ensuring that you get the oxygen purity levels that you need. Because of its propensity to trap dirt, dust, air pollution, pollen, and even mould, the Gross Particle Filter is well named.

Because of the noise, many patients store their home concentrators in a closet while napping or sleeping, making them particularly susceptible to mildew. However, because many closets lack sufficient ventilation, heat and moisture hang in the air, this is exceedingly harmful. A buildup of moisture on your filters might lead to the growth of hazardous mould. Because the filters serve as a barrier between polluted air and pure oxygen, they must be kept clean and clear at all times! We recommend cleaning your gross particle filters once a month as a general guideline.

Turn off and disconnect your concentrator from any power sources, then remove the filter from the unit to begin cleaning it.

After removing the filter, fill a clean container with warm water and gentle soap, such as a tub, sink, or bowl. Scrub your filter with a washcloth or rag after dipping it in water. Remove any small pieces of trash and soap residue from the filter by rinsing it underwater. 

To absorb any remaining liquid, place the filter on a clean, dry, lint-free cloth. We recommend keeping a spare filter on hand or waiting up to 24 hours before reinserting and using it again.

Before reinstalling and turning on your unit, make sure all filters are totally dry.

High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) Filters

Not only do home concentrators include gross particle filters, but they could also contain a HEPA filter. HEPA, which stands for high-efficiency particulate air, functions similarly to a Gross Particle Filter. It’s a mechanical cylinder that works by driving air through an extremely thin mesh, rather than a sponge-like material. Harmful particles such as pet dander and tobacco smoke are trapped by this mesh. Although a concentrator’s Hepa Filter cannot be cleaned, we recommend acquiring a new HEPA Filter every two years.

Here are some more little tips you need to keep in your mind while using your oxygen concentrator:

  • Last but not least, make sure your home concentrator is kept in an open, well-ventilated area. Poor air circulation in closets and cabinets can lead to mould and overheating!
  • Keep your home unit 6 inches away from any walls, curtains, mattresses, couches, and other furniture. A home concentrator should have 6 inches of entirely unobstructed space on all sides.
  • The top of many home units has a recess for a humidifier bottle. There is no way to use this as a drink holder. Non-medical equipment should not be placed on your machine, especially if it has the potential to spill or leak liquid into or around the machine.

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