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Tips On How to Care for your Spa

So, you’ve invested in a hot tub, and now you’re wondering what hot tub maintenance is required when caring for your shiny new purchase. Hot Tub Hub has all the answers; keep reading to find out more. 

When it comes to hot tub maintenance, there are a few essential things to remember. Firstly and most importantly, sanitising your hot tub could mean the difference between a pleasant bathing experience or the start of bacteria. Not only is routine sanitising important for your health, but also maintaining the lifespan of your hot tub. Bacteria can multiply very quickly, so keeping to a sanitation routine is key to hot tub maintenance. 

Hot Tub Sanitation Tips

Getting Started 

Let’s start from the beginning. You’ve just received and installed your shiny new hot tub; what are the steps you need to take to ensure you’re protecting your investment from any nasty bacterias? Firstly, we recommend giving your hot tub a quick clean with a mild, non-abrasive and non-foaming cleanser to remove any residue before filling it with water. 

It would be best to aim at sanitising your hot tub weekly. This doesn’t mean draining your hot tub entirely, though you should also seek to do this quarterly. Weekly, we suggest testing your sanitiser level with a dip strip, following the instructions on the bottle. Depending on what sanitation method you choose to use, ensure your levels are where they should be. Check your strip and adjust your sanitiser as needed. 

Hot tub on a paved patio in front of a pool

What Sanitation We Recommend

For weekly hot tub maintenance, we recommend sanitising with chlorine. Not only is chlorine fast-acting, but it is also a cost-effective sanitiser. Follow the instructions on the back of your packet and add chlorine as needed. Be cautious not to overdose by always starting with small amounts. Leave for the allotted time and reset your water. 

Keep on top of your pH Level

Maintaining a balanced pH level is vital for the health of your hot tub. It would help if you aimed at testing your hot tub’s pH level on average around two to three times a week.

But why is it essential to tests your pH levels? pH is the measure of how acidic or alkaline your water is and ranges from zero to fourteen and seven being neutral. A pH below seven indicates that your water is acidic, whereas a pH above seven is considered alkaline. If your water becomes too acidic, you will experience skin and eye irritation, element corrosion, and lack of sanitation efficiency. Too high, and you will experience similar problems, cloudy water and build-up of scale. This is why it is essential to test your pH and maintain a level in a range of 7.2 and 7.4 for ideal hot tub maintenance. 

OUR TIP: It is important to keep in mind that your hot tub may need extra chlorine management during the warmer month, and your water may need topping up more frequently. 

Close up of hot tub with water jet

Don’t Forget the Filter

Filters are vital for removing dirt and debris from your hot tub. Depending on how often you use your hot tub, we recommend cleaning your filter twice a month; however, we’d also suggest rinsing your filter weekly for optimal hot tub maintenance. If it is your first time filling your hot tub or refilling it, bear in mind that your filter may fill up quickly due to small particles that can be found in tap water. Once your filter has had its chance to run for a few days, you’ll notice that you won’t have to clean it out as often and can revert to bi-monthly cleaning and weekly rinsing. 

Cleaning your filter is simple, and we supply the necessary cleaning products to do the job. Filter cleaners are essential to ensure your filter is clear of grease, oil and trapped debris. Follow the instructions on the container to ensure your hot tub runs as smoothly as possible. 

OUR TIP: As tempting as it seems, we would not recommend using a pressure washer to clean your hot tub filter as this may damage the filter. A standard hose will do the job nicely. 

The Shock Treatment 

Shock treatments generally go hand in hand with whichever sanitiser you choose to use. We would recommend “shock” dosing your hot tub once a week. Shock treatments help to oxidise your hot tub, a vital part of your hot tub maintenance routine. You may be wondering what exactly shock dosing helps your hot tub with; well, it helps with the following:

  • Your sanitiser (e.g. chlorine) reacts with pollutants, such as skin particles and sweat, known as organic compounds, which create chloramine. Shock dosing helps to break down the chloramine, which makes you water cloudy. 
  • Shock treatment will destroy any bacteria remaining in your hot tub.

OUR TIP: While sanitation products can also oxidise, they are not as effective as shock treatment; therefore, you end up using more sanitiser than necessary. Maintain a weekly shock dosing routine for more cost-effective hot tub maintenance. 

A couple in a hot tub in a garden

Get In Touch

Hot tub maintenance is vital for conserving your hot tubs life span and is well worth it. While the steps stated above are essential, it is also important to read your care manual before taking any action, as sanitation steps can vary from hot tub to hot tub. We have a knowledgable team on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding your hot tub maintenance.

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