Spring has sprung! We all know what that means... the dreaded spring cleaning jobs!
This is the time of year when we clean our homes, our yards, the cars, etc! Luckily, cleaning your hot tub can be one of the easier chores on the to-do list, especially if you've got the right tools for the job!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOT TUB 101:
1. Clean the filter.
Filters should be cleaned every 3-4 weeks. If yours is just due for a regular rinse, simply rinse it off with the garden hose. If its due for a chemical cleaning (recommended every 2-4 months) you can use SpaBoss Filter Free , SpaBoss Cartridge Cleaner or EcoOne Filter Cleanser to clean them. You can dramatically increase the lifespan of your filter if you clean it regularly. That being said, when it is time to replace the filter, we can't stress enough to buy a good quality filter. We sell the PLEATCO brand, as they offer top notch quality products that we can trust. The average lifespan of a filter is 18-24 months if you've been cleaning it as often as we recommend. If you're in the market for a new filter, check our stock here.
2. Prep your hot tub.
Give your hot tub the TLC it deserves by using pipe cleaning products. We carry SpaBoss Whirlpool Rinse and EcoOne Pipe Cleanser to do the job. These products penetrate deep inside the jets and pipes to help remove biofilm, organic minerals and contaminants from your spa. Once you put the product in, turn the jets on high to get it flowing throughout the tub. Leave it 1 to 24 hours, to allow it to circulate and do its cleaning magic.
3. Drain the water out.
But before you do... you need to shut the power off to the hot tub! Most hot tubs have a drain that you can connect to a garden hose and open the drain valve. This generally takes a few hours. If your looking for the most efficient and effective way to drain your tub, we highly recommend using a Quick Drain. Not only does it drain the water out super fast, it vacuums out the dirt and debris at the same time. It's a game-changer!
4.Wipe it down.
Once the water is out, give it a quick cleaning with EcoOne Shell Cleaner. Simply spray it down (leave it for up to a minute) and wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel. If you've got an acrylic or fibreglass tub and want to give it an extra shine, polish it up with SpaBoss Spa Polish. Not only will you have a nice shiny tub, it leaves a durable, protective coat that is water repellant and unaffected by sunlight, temperature or chemicals.
5. Check the hot tub cover.
If your tub happens to be under some trees, and you need to clean the sap off of it, use a little vegetable oil on it first to loosen it up. Look for any signs of mildew on the underside of the cover, especially around the seams. Give it a quick spray with Clean & Perfect, rinse, and dry it. You might find the underside of the spa cover can look bleached out. One way you can help prolong the life of your cover is to make sure you are leaving the cover off the tub for approximately 2 hours, after you put in your shock to reduce chemical damage.
6. Refill the tub with fresh water.
Don't forget to close up the drain valve before you start the hose! When you start to refill the spa, make sure you place the garden hose into the filter area. This allows the pump to fill with water before anything else and can help prevent any airlock issues when you go to turn it back on. After the tub is filled with water, plug it back in and wait until it reaches about 70 degrees before adding your chemicals.
Once your tub reaches the operating temperature, you can proceed with our start up instructions, found here!