Hot Tub Cover Care & Maintenance
Hot tub covers play a crucial role in maintaining the safety, cleanliness, and energy efficiency of your spa. Proper care and maintenance of your hot tub cover can prolong its lifespan and ensure optimal performance. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to clean and maintain your hot tub cover effectively.
Cleaning the Spa Cover
Regular cleaning of your spa cover is essential to remove dirt, debris, and contaminants that may accumulate over time. Follow these steps for monthly cleaning:
Step 1: Start by using a leaf blower to remove dust and debris from the dry cover fabric. Alternatively, a utility vacuum with a soft brush attachment can also be used.
Step 2: Use a garden hose to spray the entire cover with water. This will help remove loose dirt and debris.
Step 3: Rinse away all traces of dirt, sand, and debris from the cover. You can use a nozzle attachment on your garden hose for better cleaning.
Step 4: While the cover is wet, avoid touching or rubbing anything on it. This will prevent any potential damage to the cover material.
Step 5: Allow the cover to air dry completely before proceeding to the next step. This will prevent moisture from being trapped and potentially causing mold or mildew. To encourage standing water to drain, tip the cover at approximately a 45-degree angle using a cover lift or with the help of an assistant.
Step 6: Finally, ensure that all cover clips are securely fastened. This will keep the cover in place and prevent it from being blown open by the wind.
Note: If water does not bead on the cover surface or if the cover looks darker in some areas, you can use an outdoor fabric conditioner such as 303 Fabric Guard (avoid petroleum-based products) to restore water resistance. Avoid using any conditioning product on the underside of your cover.
Important Maintenance Tips
Keep the cover secure: Always place the cover over the spa and secure it properly when the spa is not in use. Pull down on the cover strap, click the two sides of the cover clips together, and lock each clip with the key provided. This ensures unauthorized entry is prevented and prevents the wind from inadvertently blowing the cover open.
Install the cover correctly: If your dealer did not install the cover, refer to the Cover Installation Instructions provided or contact them for assistance. Proper installation ensures a secure fit and enhances the cover’s performance.
Snow and heavy rain: In areas where heavy snowfall is expected, place a large piece of plywood or an equivalent support on top of the spa cover. This will help distribute the weight of the snow and prevent damage. After each snowstorm, promptly remove snow from the cover.
Avoid direct sunlight: Whenever possible, keep your hot tub away from direct, prolonged sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can fade or damage the spa cover and cabinet over time. Providing shade or using a cover lifter can help protect the cover from excessive sun exposure.
Cover lifts are convenient accessories that assist in the easy removal and storage of your hot tub cover. They help reduce strain on your back and prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the cover. Consider investing in a cover lift that suits your hot tub model for added convenience and longevity of your cover.
Replacing Cover Clips
Over time, cover clips may wear out or become damaged. Before opening your cover, make sure unclip the cover on the front and back or you may break the clips. If you notice any issues with the cover clips, such as difficulty securing them or signs of breakage, it is recommended to replace them promptly. Contact your authorized dealer or purchase on shop.bullfrogspas.com.
Child safety: Always keep your spa cover securely fastened when not in use to discourage unsupervised access, particularly by children. If the cover becomes damaged, it should be replaced to ensure proper safety measures.
Avoid placing weight on the cover: To prevent damage, never stand, sit, or place any heavy items on the cover. Excessive weight can lead to structural damage and compromise the cover’s integrity.
Bullfrog Spas offers a 3-year warranty on the Patio Performance™ spa cover against defects in materials or workmanship, excluding normal fading or wear. The warranty period starts from the original purchase date of the spa. Consult your Bullfrog Spas Dealer for further details regarding the warranty coverage.
In conclusion, taking proper care of your hot tub cover is crucial for maintaining a safe and enjoyable spa experience. Regular cleaning, correct installation, and adherence to safety guidelines will ensure your hot tub cover lasts longer and keeps your spa protected. By following these care and maintenance tips, you can maximize the lifespan and performance of your hot tub cover.