Cleaning Spas and Hot Tubs
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated January 10, 2022)
Considering how expensive things like a spa or hot tub can be, it only makes sense that you will want to take care of them to the best of your abilities. The very first step in doing this is learning the proper way of cleaning them. Luckily, cleaning spas and hot tubs isn't a particular difficult task and one that is fairly easy to learn. All you need to do is follow these simple directions.
- Check levels. The very first step in cleaning a hot tub or a spa is to determine whether the chemical levels of the water are within the proper bounds or not. This can easily be determined by using a simple test kit that you can purchase from your local pool supply store. Follow the directions that come with the test kit, and if the water is out of whack then you will need to make adjustments.
- Look for, and remove debris. Take the time to look into your tub, and remove any and all debris that you may find in there. This can be done on at least a weekly basis, but should be done on an as needed basis.
- Drain the tub. In the event that you find any scum, or the water simply "looks dirty" there is nothing wrong with draining the water. It's not all that difficult, and you can easily refill the water later on as you need. In fact, it doesn't hurt to drain the water on a monthly basis at least, to start fresh. With the water removed, take the time to look for any additional debris that you may have messed.
- Check the filter. Whether you have removed the water from the tub or not, you need to check the filter to make sure that it is in good working condition. When you look at the filter, make sure that you look to see that it isn't torn or dirty, and if it is remove it so that you can repair it, replace it, or even clean it. While you are looking at the filter, take the time to also inspect the pump and all the lines as well. This way you can also make sure that you don't have any problems, or that you can replace the problematic parts when you do find them.
- Use a scrubber. When you drain the water, make sure that you take the opportunity to scrub the tub. The best way to do this is by using what is called a chemical scrubber. This will allow you to strip any harsh residue that may be left from the chemicals. Just be sure that you follow the directions to ensure that you don't damage the tub and needing to replace it.
- Refill, and reset. Once you have finished completely scrubbing the tub, refill it and then reset the chemicals to ensure that the water is safe to use. Be sure that you don't use the water until the chemicals have reached a safe level for you to enter. Enjoy!
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