Summer Prep: How to Clean a Hot Tub
You might not know it, but your hot tub needs to be drained and cleaned every three to four months. Chemical buildup and body oils can wreak havoc on the health of your spa and exposes you and your loved ones to unhealthy bacteria and biofilms. Make sure your hot tub is clean and maintained year round, even when you're not using it. Click To Tweet
Cleaning Your Hot Tub
If your hot tub has been sitting for an extended period, there is no better time to clean up your hot tub to get ready for summer. Just draining and refilling your hot tub isn’t enough. Here are some tips on how to properly clean your hot tub and get it ready for a summer of fun.
Test Your Filtration System
Before you do anything else, you need to test your spa pump and filtration to make sure they are still working properly. Run the pump on both high and low speeds for a short time to help push out any gunk that might have accumulated in the pipes.
After you know for sure that your pump and filtration system are working well, it is important that you remove any biofilm buildup. Without this step, you aren’t really cleaning your hot tub at all! Add a line flush product to the old water and allow it to circulate according to product directions.
Drain Your Hot Tub
After you’ve removed the dangerous biofilm from your hot tub, it is time to drain it. First, you need to remove your filters and disconnect anything electrical. Do not run your hot tub while there is no water in it. Use a sump pump or open the drain plug on your hot tub and leave only the footwell full of water. While your hot tub drains, this is the perfect time to clean your filters or get your new filters soaking in spa filter cleaner for replacement.
Deep Cleaning Your Hot Tub
Now that the water is all out of your hot tub, it is time to give it a good scrub. White vinegar can be used to clean your hot tub or look into purchasing a professional hot tub cleaning product to wipe down the entire inside of your hot tub. Make sure you don’t leave any cleaner in your hot tub.
Refill Your Hot Tub
Now that your hot tub is clean and drained, it is time to refill it. Make sure to use filtered water when refilling your spa to remove impurities like calcium, iron, and copper that can cause damage to your hot tub. Consider purchasing a filter that fits on the end of your garden hose to make sure you have properly filtered water.
Test Your pH & Add Chemicals
Once your hot tub and filters are clean and replaced, it is time to test the pH and add the appropriate chemicals to make it balanced. Shock your water while the hot tub is running and also make sure to adjust the temperature to be between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover and allow your hot tub to run for 24 hours, and then recheck the pH again.
Hot Tub Maintenance
Keeping a hot tub healthy requires maintenance and care. If you are nervous or feel like you don’t have the time to do a proper cleaning, consider hiring a professional hot tub service to come and perform your hot tub maintenance and cleaning. A professional spa service will also have hot tub parts and accessories if you need them, such as hot tub chemicals, motors, pumps, and other necessary items to help your hot tub continue running perfectly all summer long.
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