Can't I simply clean my Vapor Pad instead of replacing it?

At the factory we put a coating on the evaporator pad that helps it absorb water and control water flow. This coating is very efficient, however, it is also fragile. The coating is similar in composition to the minerals that accumulate on the pad. If you subject the pad to cleaning with an acid, you usually remove much of the coating and the pad becomes ineffective. This reduces the output of the humidifier and increases water consumption.

Instead we suggest the evaporator pad be replaced each year.