How to Clean a Hot Tub

Aug 05, 2021

Cleaning and maintaining your hot tub is essential for ensuring it’s ready to use whenever you want to. There are several things you should be prepared to do, whether you already have a spa or are planning to have one installed. These steps include sanitizing the hot tub water, balancing the water, and draining and cleaning the hot tub itself.

Sanitizing and Balancing the Hot Tub Water

Hot tubs require the water to be carefully balanced at the right pH, hardness, and alkalinity in order to operate properly. This process involves using test strips that can measure these different levels in your water, then using spa chemicals to balance the water as needed. This process should be done on a regular basis, especially after each time the hot tub is used.

Sanitizing your hot tub is also important for keeping the water clean and the hot tub functional. There are several different sanitizing systems available that can be used to achieve the desired effect, including tablet options and purifiers that fit inside the filter. Along with allowing the water to circulate regularly, using sanitizer helps keep your hot tub water clean and ready for you to use at any time.

Cleaning Your Hot Tub

In addition to maintaining the quality of the water in your hot tub, you’ll occasionally want to drain the water entirely to clean the tub and hardware itself. You’ll want to clean the interior surfaces of the spa, clean or replace the filters and cartridges, and treat the surfaces with a special polish to maintain your hot tub’s sterling appearance. There are specialized pool and spa chemicals available designed specifically for these purposes, as regular household cleaners should not be used.

Once you refill the spa, you’ll need to sanitize and balance the water again to get it to the right levels. From there, your hot tub is ready to use and will just need sanitizer and balancing chemicals until it’s time for the next full cleaning session. Draining and cleaning the entire hot tub is needed less frequently and is recommended every few months.

Why Hot Tub Maintenance is Important

There are many reasons why it’s important to clean and maintain your hot tub. Leaving sitting water is never a good idea, as it can promote algae growth and other problems. Balancing the water also helps protect the surfaces of your hot tub and allows the sanitizer to work more effectively. Since the water is used multiple times when the hot tub is completely drained and refilled, the balancing and sanitizing chemicals are essential for keeping the water safe and clean each time you use it. Regular hot tub maintenance and cleaning also ensures the longevity of your spa, ensuring you’ll be able to enjoy its benefits for years to come.

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