How To Clean Your Hot Tub Cover

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jan 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

clean.jpgA hot tub cover is a lot like a roof: it's used to protect outside debris from getting inside, and it's great insulation. Covers are an important part of maintaining the lifespan of your hot tub, and a poorly-maintained or neglected cover may wind up costing you thousands in unnecessary replacement costs.

We'd like to walk you through how to clean your hot tub cover and keep it looking good as new, without even taking much time out of your day.

What Not To Use 

Before we get started on how to clean, we want to make sure any cleaning materials you already have in your cabinet won't hurt your cover. If you have products that contain alcohol, bleach, detergent, dish soap, or oil, avoid using these products on your cover. These products used on a vinyl cover cause it to fade, crack, and deteriorate. Vinyl should be treated like leather — use gentle products.

Cleaning Your Hot Tub

  • Take the cover off of the hot tub and rinse any debris off.
  • Apply a non-abrasive cleaner to your cloth or sponge, and start wiping down your cover from top to bottom. We advise to rinse your sponge regularly and re-apply your cleaner each time so you don't smear excess dirt down the entire cover.
  • When you finish with one side, rinse it off completely and then begin the process again on the other side.
  • Check the zipper on the side of your cover to make sure mold and mildew hasn't grown inside of it. If so, you'll need to clean the zipper part using the steps below.
    • Unzip the jacket and remove foam cores.
    • Clean the inside of the jacket with a non abrasive cleaner and a soft brush.
    • Spray down surfaces with a hose.
    • Towel-dry all surfaces when you're done.
    • Pro-tip: Sunlight exposure for an hour or two helps rid residual mildew.

How To Lock A Hot Tub Cover

Your hot tub cover doesn't just protect your water, it protects you, your family, and pets, too! For added protection to your spa, look into the following:

  • Add a padlock: if you have small children, a padlock can be used on both sides of your cover so that it cannot be lifted without a key or combination code.
  • Add a gate: Adding a gate will easily prevent anyone from being near the hot tub unless they are allowed near the area to begin with. This is especially useful if you have small children or pets that run around in your backyard.
  • Keep your cover on: It's always a best practice to keep your hot tub covered whenever it's not in use. Keeping your lid on your spa means you're avoiding the chore of getting all the debris out of your hot tub that is prone to fall in (tree limbs, leaves, etc.). 

We do recommend cleaning your cover once a month, and while this seems like a lot, it can save you thousands in the long run. If you continue to clean your cover monthly, you will notice how much time you're saving in regards to cleaning everything else that goes along with a hot tub. Think it's time to get yours replaced? Give us a call at our Greenville, SC location at (864) 676-9400 or our Arden, NC location at (828) 687-8080. You can also click the banner below to contact us online about any questions you have with your home spa.

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Topics: Spas (Hot Tubs)