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Deep Cleaning Your Hot Tub: A Step-by-Step Guide

It’s warming up outside which means it’s time to think about spring cleaning—not just in your home but for your hot tub too. With the better weather allowing for more frequent soaks, you’ll want to make sure your hot tub is ready and in prime condition. This blog will guide you through deep cleaning your hot tub cover and hot tub, focusing on the process and the right chemicals that will help keep your spa sparkling clean and ready for increased use this spring.

The importance of spring cleaning

Hot tub cleaning in spring ensures the water is safe and inviting for the season and also helps maintain the longevity of your spa. By removing built-up grime, balancing the water chemistry, and inspecting for any deterioration, you’re reducing wear and tear as well as setting the stage for a season of relaxation and fun.

Before diving into the cleaning process, though, have the right tools on hand. We’ll walk you through some key tools that you’ll need to get ready for the season ahead.

Hot tub cover
Hot tub covers are a vital part of your spa. It serves multiple purposes, including maintaining water temperature, keeping out debris, and providing a safety barrier when the hot tub is not in use. A quality cover can also help reduce energy costs by preserving the heat, meaning your spa is always ready for you without excessive heating time or energy use.

Garden hose
A garden hose is a versatile tool in the hot tub maintenance toolkit. It’s used for filling your hot tub with water and aiding in the draining process. Additionally, a hose can be useful for rinsing off filters or giving the hot tub a quick spray down to remove loose debris before a deep clean.

Draining pump
While not a necessity for every hot tub owner, a hot tub draining pump can significantly speed up the draining process. This is particularly useful for larger spas or when you’re short on time. A pump can drain a hot tub in a fraction of the time it would take using gravity alone, making it a handy tool for those looking to streamline their maintenance routine.

Soft cloth or sponge
When cleaning your hot tub, it’s important to use a sponge or a soft cloth to avoid scratching the surface. These tools are gentle yet effective at removing grime, oils, and build-up from the shell of your hot tub. Paired with the right cleaner, they ensure your spa’s surface remains in pristine condition.

Non-abrasive cleaner approved for hot tubs
Using a non-abrasive cleaner specifically designed for hot tubs ensures you’re not damaging the spa’s surface or altering the water chemistry adversely. These cleaners are specially made to tackle the unique challenges of hot tub maintenance, such as body oils, sunscreen residues, and other common contaminants, without harming the hot tub’s finish.

Filter cleaner
A clean filter is crucial for maintaining clear, healthy water in your hot tub. Filter cleaners are specially designed to remove oils and debris that can clog your hot tub’s filter and hinder its performance. Regular use of a filter cleaner should be part of your maintenance routine. A filter cleaner will increase the life of your filters and keep your spa water crystal clear.

Hot tub chemicals
The proper chemical balance in the tub will ensure the water is safe and comfortable to use.

Hot tub chemicals, such as sanitizers, pH balancers, and alkalinity adjusters, work together to keep the water clean, clear, and free of harmful bacteria. It’s important to select the right chemicals for your specific hot tub and to use them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will maintain a healthy spa environment.

Step-by-step instructions

Prep and clean your tub using these step for sparkling results.

  1. Draining the tub: When draining your tub, turn off the power to ensure safety. If your hot tub has a quick drain feature, use it; otherwise, a garden hose will do the trick. Consider using a draining pump to speed up the process. Direct the water away from your home and plants that may be sensitive to the chemicals in the water.
  2. Cleaning the shell: Once drained, it’s time to tackle the shell. Using a soft sponge and a non-abrasive cleaner, gently scrub the surfaces of your hot tub. Pay extra attention to the waterline, where oil and grime tend to accumulate. Rinse thoroughly to ensure no cleaner residue is left behind.
  3. Filters: Your hot tub’s filters play a crucial role in keeping the water clean and clear. Remove the filters and rinse them with a hose to remove loose debris. For a deeper clean, soak them in a filter cleaner solution, then rinse again before reinstalling. If necessary, spring is a great time to replace spent filters.
  4. Hot tub cover: While you’re cleaning, don’t forget to take care of your hot tub cover. A good hot tub cover cleaner will leave your cover sparkling and will also protect it, ensuring that it lasts longer.
  5. Water chemistry: After your hot tub is clean and refilled, balancing the water chemistry is next. Test the water using test strips and adjust the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure the hot tub water is safe when it’s time to soak in the tub.

Choosing the right chemicals

Remember to use chemicals compatible with your hot tub and that are effective in keeping the water clean. Chlorine and bromine are the most common sanitizers, but use a formula designed for hot tubs, as pool chemicals can be harsh. Avoid using standard household cleaners; they can damage the hot tub’s surfaces and alter water chemistry.

PH balancers
Keeping your hot tub’s pH levels in the correct range (7.4 to 7.6) is vital for preventing equipment damage and ensuring the sanitizers work effectively.

Alkalinity boosters
Proper alkalinity levels (80 to 120 ppm) act as a buffer for the pH, keeping the water stable.

Chlorine or bromine keeps the water clean and free from bacteria and algae. Use according to the guidelines specific to your hot tub’s size and manufacturer instructions.

The Cover Guy will get you ready for spring

By following these steps and choosing the right chemicals, you’ll ensure your hot tub remains a safe, relaxing retreat. Your hot tub cover is indispensable for keeping your spa clean and insulated when not in use. Visit The Cover Guy today to get everything you need to prepare your spa for the season!