How to Clean an Oxygen Concentrator and Its Accessories

Nov 15, 2022

How to Clean an Oxygen Concentrator and Its Accessories

For individuals suffering from lung diseases or respiratory conditions, home oxygen concentrators are an essential part of at-home treatment. These medical devices allow patients to experience a higher quality of life while undergoing long-term oxygen therapy.

You’ll need to clean your oxygen concentrator occasionally to ensure that it’s working. Not sure how to clean an EverFlo oxygen concentrator particle filter? Curious about how to care for cannula or tubing?

Fortunately for patients and their caregivers, maintaining an oxygen concentrator is simple. If you’re wondering how to clean an oxygen concentrator and all its accessories, read more below.

Cleaning your concentrator in five easy steps

When it comes to cleaning your oxygen concentrator, dust and dirt buildup in the air filter is your main concern — especially if you regularly use a portable oxygen concentrator outdoors. Over time, dust can enter your cannula or oxygen tubing or be drawn into air intake vents and damage your concentrator’s performance and lifespan.

To clean your concentrator, follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the concentrator from the power source.
  2. Submerge a soft cloth in a solution of mild soap and warm water. Wring the cloth so that it is damp but not dripping.
  3. Use the cloth to wipe down the outside of the concentrator.
  4. Use a clean cloth wet with warm water to remove any excess soap.
  5. Dry the concentrator with a lint-free cloth or allow it to air-dry completely before using.

Complete these steps once a week or whenever you feel dust and dirt building up on the outside of your oxygen concentrator.

Maintaining oxygen concentrator accessories

The exterior of your oxygen concentrator isn’t the only part that can get dirty — oxygen concentrator accessories also need regular maintenance to ensure that they work properly.

How to clean oxygen concentrator tubing

Oxygen tubing connects your nasal cannula to the concentrator and does not need to be cleaned. However, you should inspect it regularly to keep an eye out for discolouration, wear and tear, cracks, or other damage. We recommend replacing your tubing at least one to two times per year.

How to clean an oxygen concentrator filter

The oxygen concentrator filter is an important element in your machine; by caring for it properly, you can ensure that your device works well. Learning how to clean the filter of an oxygen concentrator can also greatly increase its lifespan and protect your precious oxygen equipment. To clean your filter:

  1. Ensure the concentrator is unplugged.
  2. Locate and remove the filter.
  3. Place the filter under running water. For dirty filters or stubborn spots, dip the filter in a solution of water and mild dish soap, then use your fingers or a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt. Rinse the filter to remove excess soap.
  4. Allow the filter to air-dry completely before reinstalling it.

Wondering how often to clean an oxygen concentrator filter? We recommend cleaning it at least once a week for optimal results.

How to clean the nasal cannula of an oxygen concentrator

Nasal cannulas are exposed to bacteria and germs, meaning they require both regular replacement and consistent cleaning. You should wash your cannula at least once a week. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Soak the cannula in warm, soapy water.
  2. Rinse the cannula with a solution of one part white vinegar and ten parts water to kill bacteria.
  3. Rinse again with water.
  4. Hang the cannula to dry.

How to clean an oxygen concentrator humidifier

Like nasal cannulas, oxygen humidifier bottles require regular care. Wash it as you would your nasal cannula, with soapy water followed by a vinegar solution. Rinse well and refill with distilled water.

How to clean the filter on an EverFlo oxygen concentrator

If you’re wondering how to clean a Philips oxygen concentrator filter, the answer is this: it depends on the filter. EverFlo concentrators generally come with several different filters. Cleaning needs vary from filter to filter, so be sure to consult your concentrator’s guide before removing, cleaning, or replacing any filters on your machine.

Oxygen supplies and more at Mega Medical

Now that you know how to clean the filter on an oxygen concentrator, you can greatly extend the lifespan and capabilities of your equipment. However, even the best maintenance routine doesn’t negate the need for new supplies. You will occasionally want to replace the filter, cannula, tubing, and other accessories on your oxygen concentrator. When this happens, you’ll find everything you need at Mega Medical.

Whether you’re searching for oxygen tanks, regulators, or other supplies, we’ve got them at Mega Medical. If you’re looking for more information about medical gases, oxygen, and common medical supplies, please also visit our blog, where you’ll find more posts surrounding our products.

For more information regarding how to clean the filter on your oxygen concentrator or for help finding certain supplies or equipment, please reach out to us today at 1300-881-824.