Cleaning your Hot Tub
A hot tub is nice year-round. Especially on cool desert nights! Just like a pool, hot tub needs to be properly cleaned and maintained for maximum efficiency and comfort. Luckily, cleaning a spa or tub doesn’t require using as much water as a pool. Filling a spa after a cleaning might take an hour or so, whereas a pool filling up could take an entire day!
So regularly cleaning your hot tubs is a great idea because less water is in the unit and less is needed to fill it. A little grime in a pool is not as noticeable as the same amount of grime in a hot tub. Today we’ll talk about some ways you can clean that tub to keep it fresh and beautiful.
1. Minimal cleaning
Baking soda can be used on the surface area when the issue is minor. This shouldn’t be used for the entire tub, and not for mold or mildew.
2. Whole hot tubs
Using a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft scrubbing tool (nylon, for example) to remove grime is very effective and will not damage the unit. Various cleaners can be used for this.
3. Vinyl Cover
Rinse the cover with a hose before applying a soap solution (small amount of dishwashing detergent to water), baking soda or store bought cleaner in circular motions with a sponge. Avoid using soap for the bottom of the cover. Thoroughly rinse all of the dirt and soap off of the cover before replacing. You can also buy products to protect and seal the covers to prevent some build up.
Roughly once a month it is useful to remove and clean your spa filter cartridges. You can spray them with a hose to remove most debris between the filter pleats. There are many filter cleaner products on the market you can try as well to keep them working at their best capacity. Some filters need to be changed every 3 years, as cleaning them will only do so much. Ask your filter provider or pool technician for advice on when to change your filters (3 years is common).
5. Replacing the water
Soap from cleaning, your body, and other contaminants can make your hot tub water look dingy and feel off. Replacing it is a good way to keep your tub clean and filters working optimally since they can’t filter out everything. Follow the instructions given to you by the tub provider and consider water regulations in your area.
6. pH levels
Any time your spa is unattended for some time, check the pH levels before entering the tub. Levels too high or low can cause damage to the tub or users.
For more tips, read this article for ideas on which products to use to prolong the life of your tub, filter, and more. As always, you can have Pool Daddy check your pool or spa weekly (or as per your request) for a reasonable cost to keep your investments properly working and your life stress-free.