Hot Tub Cleaning: Tips and Mistakes to Avoid

Proper hot tub cleaning and maintenance will keep your hot tub in a good condition for years to come. If not cleaned and maintained properly, the amount of money you spent when purchasing the hot tub will only be lost in a short time. Lack of cleanliness will also lead to health risks. Below are a few tips on how to clean your hot tub.

Maintaining Chemical Levels

You should maintain hot tub chemicals at the proper level by regularly checking it. The wrong level of chemicals will make cleaning your hot tub more difficult.

You can purchase a water sampler kit at a department store or local pool store to check the chemical levels weekly. The test strip should show the total alkalinity; this ought to be between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm), the pH which ought to be between 7.2 and 7.6, and the calcium hardness ought to be between 250 and 400 ppm.

Right Chemicals for Cleaning

The right chemicals for cleaning are needed if you want to clean a dirty hot tub. Scum is very difficult to remove without the right chemicals. Scum is made of many different hard water components and foreign materials which stick to the insides of your hot tub. For advice on the best product to use, you should present a sample of the scum to a professional at your local pool store.

Cleaning the Hot Tub Filter

It is recommended to clean the hot tub filter once every month but you don’t necessarily have to replace it each time it gets soiled. Manufacturers will provide detailed instructions for cleaning each filter. Make sure to follow the instructions properly. Cleaning the filter is a very important step because grime and other materials trapped in the filter can cause the water flow to slow down; this will affect the performance of the hot tub.

The majority of standard filters can be taken out and sprayed using a garden hose; spray water through the pleats of the filter and take out trapped grime and other elements. You can also soak a several standard filters in a filter cleaning solution. Simply put the filter inside a bucket with filter cleaning solution and letting the dirt float out into the water. To remove any dirt remaining in the filter, spray the filter thoroughly after soaking.  

Cleaning the Vinyl Cover

It’s a great idea to use a vinyl protector to keep your hot tub cover looking great; especially if it is exposed to a lot of elements. Most hot tub dealers sell vinyl protectors and cleaners. Every time you clean the hot tub filter, clean the cover and apply the vinyl protector. Don’t use the cleaner on any other parts except the cover; you want to avoid having the cleaner upset the water chemistry of the hot tub. Air-dry the cover after cleaning.

These simple cleaning steps can make your hot tub more effective and will save you a lot of time and money.