How To Clean Your Hot Tub On A Monthly Basis

Posted by Jim Riggs on Dec 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Hot Tub WaterDo you dread cleaning your hot tub, so you put off cleaning it until absolutely necessary? Well, that's a vicious cycle, my friend, and we're here to tell you there's an easier way!

Rather than putting off cleanings until it takes a whole day to scrub your spa, we suggest you follow these 4 easy steps to keep your hot tub sparkling clean and always ready-to-use. And the best part is you only have to do this routine once per month!

We have seen homeowners faced with costly repairs or replacements time and time again simply because they didn't take regular care of their investment. Avoid unnecessry repairs by doing the following: 


Step 1: Clean Your Hot Tub Cover

A good way to avoid any problems with your spa is to make sure the lid is properly suctioned onto the spa when it's not in use. This will not only contribute to your spa's energy efficiency, but it will help keep debris out, minimize sun exposure, and will preserve the life of the spa. However, each month you should complete this quick (less than 20 minutes) routine for cleaning your cover:

  • Remove the cover and spray it down with a hose
  • Clean the spa cover by lightly scrubbing with a soft bristle brush and liquid dish soap
  • Rinse your spa cover with a hose, then wipe dry with a towel
  • Spray your hot tub cover with a UV vinyl protectant spray to keep the sun damaging it

Step 2: Clean Out Your Spa Filters

When it's time to clean your filters, a task that absolutely needs to be completed monthly, just follow these easy steps:

  • Make sure your spa is in "hold" mode
  • Remove the filter cap, cartridges, and plate
  • Spray fabric filtration materials with a hose
  • Reinstall the cartridges and reset the control system

Step 3: Dispense and Refill Your Water

This process takes a little longer to complete (about an hour), though it's vital for guaranteeing the water in your spa is sanitary:

  • Turn off all power that is registered to the spa
  • Find a draining area in your backyard and pull out the drain
  • Attach a hosepipe to the drain and allow ALL of the water in the spa to drain
  • Once fully drained, pull out the drain spout, remove the hose, replace the drain cap, and reconnect the drain
  • Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth and hot tub-specific, non-foaming cleaner to sanitize the inside of the tub. Household cleaners are known to ruin the finish on your tub liner, so using a spa-specific cleaner is absuoltely necessary
  • Refill your hot tub

Step 4: Clean the Shell Surface 

If you've ever noticed a buildup in your spa and wondered where it came from, there's a good chance your personal care products (hair gel, lotion, deodorant, etc.) are to blame. Clean your shell with this simple fix:

  • Scrub gently with liquid dish soap and a soft cloth
  • Rinse well, then dry with a soft, clean cloth
  • Pro Tip: To avoid this grimy residue on your water line, shower before you settle in for a nice, therapeutic soak!

By following this comprehensive "chore chart" monthly, you'll actually spend less time scrubbing you spa and you'll have peace of mind knowing it's safe for your kids and family to hop right on in at any given moment! Have more questions about caring for and maintaining your spa or need help understanding or working with the right chemicals? Give us a call at our SC location at (864) 676-9400, our NC location at (828) 687-8080, or contact us online! Remember, you can also schedule service online; just click the banner below!

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Topics: Spas (Hot Tubs)