3 Best Hot Tub Cleaning Methods

The hot tub is a great place to relax with family and friends. If you have a hot tub in your home, you should stay on top of its maintenance and repairs to extend its lifetime. You should clean it regularly in order to avoid accumulation of dirt sticking to its surface, and to prevent the growth of bacteria. Dirty water causes skin irritation that may need antibiotic creams. You could even introduce bacteria into your lungs while breathing in the steam in a poorly maintained hot tub.

Washing a hot tub may not be an appealing task, but it is not difficult. You should wash the tub every 3 months, and you should wash the filter monthly to keep the tub in good working condition. Regular cleansing will help you to enjoy safe and pleasant hot tub. You can divide this work into 3 parts: the filter, shell and cover.

Image Credit: USCPSC

Image Credit: USCPSC

Cleaning the Filter

Your hot tub filter should be washed at least once every month. This will help extend the lifetime of the filter. The frequency of changing the filter depends on how often you are using your tub. You should consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific hot tub brand to determine when you should change the filter.

To wash your filter, just remove it and spray with a garden hose. Try to rinse all the dirt trapped in your filter so that it doesn’t reduce water flow and decrease the performance of your spa. Be sure to spray the creases of your filter to remove all the dirt particles. You should also soak your filter in a bucket of warm water blended with filter cleaner to separate any remaining dirt. After soaking it for 2 hours, you should rinse it again with a hose. It is a good idea to keep an extra filter to install so that you may use your tub while one is soaking.

Cleaning the Shell

You should drain your hot tub shell and clean it every 3 months. Whether your tub is made up of acrylic, porcelain, fiberglass or other material, it is not very difficult to wash the surface. The non-porous surface does not collect dirt, germs or soap. Be sure to unplug the power cord when cleaning the shell! Drain the tub and use a damp sponge and mild bathroom cleaner to wipe down the shell. Do not use a harsh cleaner or bleach. To clean the surface above the water line while there is still some water in your tub, you can use a natural enzyme product as suggested by the tub manufacturer.

Cleaning the Cover

If your hot tub is exposed to harsh weather conditions, you will need a cover to protect it. The cover also helps to enhance the life and aesthetic appeal of your tub. It is not very difficult to get a vinyl cleaner, as most hot tub dealers sell them. You should try to wash the cover whenever you are washing your tub filter. Use the cleaner on the outside of the cover, and be sure not to let it mix with your tub water. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the cover. If you want to wash the inside of the cover or underside, you can spray it with a garden pipe.

Consulting a Hot Tub Cleaning Service

These are the top 3 simple ways to keep your hot tub clean. However, if you cannot clean it on your own, you can always consult a hot tub cleaning service in your area. Search online for a reputable company to clean your hot tub for a reasonable price.

Erin Emanuel