When the cold, winter months are over and spring is approaching, it is time to get your hot tub ready for use. To be sure that your Hot Spring® tub is ready for the summer, you need to properly prepare it. This is especially important if the tub hasn’t been in use all winter long. If you follow a few hot tub maintenance tips, it will be ready to go in no time. The entire process won’t take long and will ensure that you won’t have any issues later.
1. Purge the Tub
While the water sat dormant in the tub all winter, it is very likely that bacteria has built up in the water. Even if you kept the cover closed tightly, the stagnant water is still a breeding ground for bacteria. The first thing that you need to do is purge the tub. You will need to purchase a purging agent at our store. Before draining the tub, you should put the agent in the water. This will help to clean out any bacteria that has built up in the plumbing lines. If you skip this step, when you refill the tub, the bacteria will go through the plumbing and into the water. This can be dangerous for anyone who gets into the tub.
2. Drain the Tub
It is recommended that you drain your tub every three months. It is especially important to drain it during spring cleaning to prepare it for use. There are a few steps that you should follow when draining the tub. If this is your first time draining it, you need to make sure that you do it correctly.
• Turn off the power to the tub.
• Locate the main control system of the tub and remove the panel underneath it.
• Find the white drain hose. If you are cleaning your tub for the first time, you will need to cut the plastic tie that holds it down. Next, lift the hose.
• Locate the drain cap and unscrew it to remove it.
• Connect your garden hose to your drain hose. Pull the garden hose to an area that is safe for the water to drain. You don’t want to do this too close to the house, patio furniture, or any other areas where you don’t want water to be pooling.
• When the tub has drained completely, disconnect the garden hose and replace the drain cap.
3. Clean the Inside of the Tub
You want to thoroughly clean the inside of the tub to be sure that you are soaking in clean water. The inside of the tub should be cleaned with a non-abrasive solution. You also don’t want to use any kind of solution that creates suds. When cleaning the inside of the tub, be sure to clean every area. This includes the openings for the jets. When you are done cleaning the tub, make sure that you rinse out all of the remaining solution. You don’t want any solution or dirty water to remain in the tub when you fill it up.
4. Clean The Outside of the Tub
Now that the inside of the tub is clean, you need to clean the outside. While the quality of the outside won’t have anything to do with causing the water to be dirty, it should be done to keep the tub looking nice. When cleaning the outside, you don’t need to use the same gentle solution that you used on the inside. You can use the same solution for both, however, typical household cleaners are less expensive than the gentle solution that you need for the inside. It is best to save the expensive solution for the cleaning the inside of the tub only. To remove the dirt from the outside, you should use a scrubber or a soft rug. Be sure to clean all areas of the tub. If there is sticky build-up in certain areas, you will need to scrub hard to get these areas clean.
5. Cleaning the Cover
Each time you clean your tub, you should also clean the cover. Since spa covers are designed to protect your tub, they need just as much care and maintenance as the tub itself does. There is more to cleaning the cover than just spraying it down with a hose. The first thing that you should do is inspect the entire cover for any tears or holes. After being exposed to the elements it is not uncommon for the cover to break down. If you find a small hole, you might be able to repair it with a patch kit. Here’s how to keep your cover spotless:
• Spray the cover with a hose to remove any loose dirt and debris. This will make scrubbing easier.
• Fill a bucket with a mild cleanser and water. Using a large sponge, start scrubbing the top of the cover in a circular motion. Next, scrub around the cover and be sure to get the flaps on the side.
• When the cover is completely clean, rinse it with the hose. You don’t want any soap to dry on the cover.
• Flip the cover over and clean the underside well and rinse it thoroughly.
• To protect your cover from the elements, you should apply a protectant to condition and protect the cover.
• You should leave your spa cover off of the tub so that it can air dry.
6. Clean the Filters
One of the most important steps in the spring cleaning process is cleaning the drain If you skip this step, you will need to deal with nasty mold and mildew build-up later. It is important to understand that all filters are different. Therefore, before cleaning your filter, you should refer to your owner’s manual. Start by removing the filter. Rinse it thoroughly under high pressure. This will help you remove any particles and debris that cannot be cleaned with the pressure from the water. Next, soak the filter in a cleaning solution for 15 minutes before rinsing it and reinstalling it in the tub.
7. Clean the Area Around the Tub
To keep your tub looking nice, you should make sure that the area around the tub is clean. If the hot tub is on a deck, be sure to scrub any mold or mildew that has built up around the tub. If the tub is on a cement slab in the yard, spay the concrete with a hose. Next, pull all of the weeds that have grown around the tub or the cement.
Before you start using Your Hot Spring® tub this year, you should perform the proper hot tub maintenance. Not only will this ensure the safety of the people using the tub, it will also prolong the life of the tub.