Keeping your hot tub in good condition doesn’t have to be a chore. With enough care and effort put into your spa, you can expect it to last a long time and give you pleasant experiences for years to come.
While you can certainly hire help to keep your hot tub in working order, why not save some cash and do some of the basic work yourself? More advanced repairs will still require professional intervention, but just learning to keep the water clean yourself will go a long way. Keep this checklist of basic spa maintenance handy the next time your hot tub needs a bath!
Preventive Measures: Every Week
You should spend a few minutes every week cleaning your spa on a surface level. Here’s what you should be doing on a weekly basis:
- Vacuum or scrub the shell gently to remove any scum
- Skim the surface of the water
- Remove and hose down the spa filters
Sanitizing: Every 3-4 Months
A few times a year, your spa needs more attention. A full deep clean or sanitizing session is always a great way to get your hot tub clean again for the next few months. Here’s how to do it:
- Remove your spa filter and soak it in a chemical bath
- Flush the pipes with spa cleaner (at least 30 minutes)
- Vacuum the spa shell
- Drain the spa
- Scrub the shell with a cloth or sponge and hot tub cleaner
- Rinse the spa shell
- Ensure nothing is stuck in the jets
- Refill the spa and replace the filters
- Balance the pH level back to normal
Pro Tip: Use specialized hot tub cleaners whenever you clean your spa! Common household cleaners could damage the shell.
A Few Things to Avoid
There’s more to keeping a clean, reliable hot tub than just scrubbing it with the right cleaning products. There are a few things you should avoid when using your hot tub:
- Don’t get in the hot tub immediately after exercising or after putting on a lot of lotion, makeup, sunscreen, etc.
- Don’t leave your hot tub running constantly.
- Don’t disconnect your hot tub from power entirely–doing this can cause the water to stagnate and become unpleasant.
- Don’t leave your hot tub cover open, especially if the spa is outdoors.
Keeping Up With Hot Tub Maintenance
Like anything you use regularly, your spa needs gentle cleaning and the occasional thorough scrub. With the right tools and enough time set aside, you can handle the majority of your hot tub’s basic maintenance requirements by yourself. Enjoy your newly clean spa!
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