Worn out spa filters usually are no longer effective when it comes to trapping contaminants in the water and this, in turn will affect the pump motors as well as heater of your spa. This is the reason why cleaning the spa filter is very important. In fact, spa filters need to be cleaned at least once a month in order to make the filter last for a long time. When it comes to cleaning spa filters, there are a lot of ways that you can do this process and these include:
Mechanical Brushing of Spa Filters
The best way to clean spa filters is to do mechanical brushing to rid the filter from materials that clog it such as algae, sun tan and baby oil. Carefully remove the filter from the cartridge and using a soft brush, gently scrape off the particles that caused the filter to clog up. Use a mild soap and water mixture to clean the filter properly. Once you have brushed the filter properly, wash it again with soap and water and allow it to dry. The drying process also helps rid or kill the algae growing on the filter.
Use a Jet of Water to Remove the Coagulants
Another method you can use to clean the filter is to use a stream of pressurized water to remove the coagulants. This particular method is very easy and it requires crude technology. Remove the filter cartridge and using a garden hose, set the hose to high pressure and direct the hose at a 45 degree angle before spraying the filter with a jet of water. This process effectively removes the foreign materials that have adhered to the filter.
Soak the Filter Overnight to Remove Non-polar Substances From Adhering to the Filter
Over time, spa filters usually get clogged up by the adherence of non-polar substances like baby oil and lotions that are basically hard to remove using a stream of water. For this reason, another way of cleaning the filter is to soak it overnight using a recommended cleaning solution. Soaking it overnight is very effective in unclogging the filter from coagulants like oils. Moreover, algae growing on the filter are also removed by soaking the filter over night. On the other hand, it is important that you only use the recommended surfactants or cleaning agent when cleaning the filter to prevent further damage to the material. Although using bleach and detergent soap are effective in riding the coagulants, these substances can destroy the fibers of the filter thus reducing the lifespan of the filter into half.
Use the Automatic Filter Cartridge Cleaner
Another way that you can clean the filter is to use the automatic filter cartridge cleaner that comes with the spa filters. All you need to do is to connect the cartridge to a garden hose and spray the filter with the cleaning agent. Once you turn on the water, the automatic cartridge cleaner will do its job without the need of supervision.