4 Quick Tips for Easy Hot Tub Maintenance
Don’t worry, it’s not that hard to care for your hot tub
Owning your own personal hot tub is a luxury that provides better health, less stress, and a lot of fun. It is something you can enjoy every evening as part of your unwinding routine or just whenever you feel a little stressed.
Some people worry that hot tubs are difficult to maintain – this is not the case at all. In order to keep your hot tub in perfect condition, you simply need to perform a few easy maintenance tasks on a regular basis. Spending a few quick minutes on hot tub maintenance will increase your enjoyment and add years to the life of your spa.
Keeping your hot tub properly sanitized will prevent any sort of unwanted contaminents. Granular chlorine or bromine are generally the best sanitizers. Which one you decide on depends largely on how you use your spa and the water chemistry in your area. Your Authorized Bullfrog Spa Dealer can help you decide. Maintaining the sanitizer levels in your spa is easy. Simply check periodically to make sure levels are within acceptable limits with a test strip. Then add sanitizer when needed. It is also recommended to oxidize your hot tub roughly weekly to help remove oils, hair sprays, and other substances. Including an ozone generator on your spa can greatly increase the length of time needed between sanitation treatments
To keep your hot tub in great condition, filters should be cleaned about once a month, depending on usage. Remove the filters and clean by spraying them off with a hose and nozzle or other high pressure water stream. Work each pleat from top to bottom. If filters start to accumulate oils from suntan lotions or normal body oils you may want to soak filter in warm water and an approved spa filter cleaning agent prior to spraying.
Drain, Clean and Refill
Hot tub water will not stay clean forever, even with proper chemical use. It is best to drain your hot tub approximately every 3 months or so. You may drain a little less or more often based on how often you use your hot tub. Over time it is normal for some chemicals, oils, and residues to build up. You likely won’t notice this; however, it’s a good practice to replace the water from time to time to be sure it stays fresh.
Maintain Your Hot Tub Cover
Hot tub covers are essential. They keep heat in and debris out, and provide greater safety. Over the life of your spa you will need one or two replacement hot tub covers. However, you can greatly improve the life and performance of your spa cover by cleaning it periodically. Using an approved spa cover protectant will help it withstand the elements. It’s easy, much like applying Armorall to the dash of your car.