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Hot Tub Chemicals Maintenance.

Owning a hot tub doesn't require a lot of hard work. A few simple routines will keep your water sparkling clean and your hot tub in excellent condition.

Your Filter.

Your filter should be removed and sprayed with a garden hose regularly. We recommend that you clean your spa's filter about once each month with a filter cleaning solution. Filter cleaning is important because dirt and debris trapped in your spa's filter can slow the flow of water and affect the performance of the spa.

The process is simple:

Place the filter into a bucket with filter cleaning solution and allow the dirt and particles to float into the water. After soaking, the filter should be sprayed thoroughly again to remove any remaining dirt and cleaner fluid.

You may want to buy an additional filter to keep on hand. This way, you can allow your filter to soak, put the replacement filter in and use your hot tub right away, additionally this will allow the original filter to dry and regain its ‘structure’; also it will lengthen the life of your filters.

We’re often asked ‘how long should a filter last’ - as is often the case this depends upon the amount of use of the spa. One thing, however, is certain and that is it will not last as long as your spa salesman first told you. Filters do not last a year, indeed, they may only last six months. Continuing after this will put unnecessary strain upon you circulation pump.

Your Acrylic Shell.

It's a good rule of thumb to drain and clean your spa about once every three to four months. If you have an acrylic shell, it's simple to clean, and you can be assured that the non-porous surface won't allow dirt, soapy film, or germs to penetrate.

Simply use a spa surface cleaner, and wipe the acrylic with a damp sponge or cloth. Never use an abrasive cleaner or a product that contains bleach.

Your Vinyl Cover.

As your cover is exposed to the elements, it's a good idea to use a vinyl protector to extend its life and look.

Clean your cover and apply protector each time you clean your spa's filter.

Remember to use the cleaner only on the top of the cover; you won't want the cleaner to interfere with your water chemistry. 

To clean the under side, clean with a very mild detergent, fully rinse with a garden hose and air-dry.

Clean Water.

Even if you have an ozonator, you'll still need to use spa chemicals to kill bacteria and other germs that may be present in your hot tub's water. There are many options.

  Here is a basic list of chemical water treatments.

  • Mineral Based Purifiers: These purifiers use cartridges that are placed inside spa filters and replaced once every
  • Chlorine Granules or Tablets: This is the most common and widely known water sanitizer. There are chlorine tablets and granules created specifically for spa use available at spa retailers. The up-side with chlorine is it is an instant fix, an immediate remedy, the down-side is 1) the smell and 2) the ph balance in your spa may vary considerably (bounce)
  • Bromine Granules or Tablets: Bromine tablets are a combination of sodium bromide and chlorine. Many people choose bromine over chlorine, because the smell is not as strong. The upside is 1) no smell 2) more stable ph balance. The down-side is that it take a day or two for a residue to build up in your spa, but you can still use the spa during this time.
  • Aquafinnesse, Aquagarde or BaquaSpa: are patented water care solutions that allow users to enjoy their hot tubs without the harsh effects of chemicals. The upside is no chemicals, the downside is -

1) can be expensive and

2) not suitable for heavy bathing loads, such as 4+ people every day. three to four months.

 

Recommended Hot Tub Care and Maintenance Routine

Spa Chemicals

 


 

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