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  • December 08, 2015
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Looking for some information on how to care for your hot tub? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve got some great tips for you, courtesy of industry leader, Hot Spring Spas. Follow these tips to ensure a sparkling clean spa every time you soak!

If you’re looking to clean the whole spa, use a mild, non-abrasive (and no suds) cleaner with a soft rag or a nylon scrubber to remove any dirt that has built up. Need to spot clean? Try a bit of baking soda (it’s probably in your kitchen with your baking items) on the spot(s) in question. And, if it’s a shiny look that you’re after, apply a product like FreshWater Spa Shine to your spa shell, once it’s been thoroughly cleaned and dried.

If your spa has a vinyl cover, remove it completely before you attempt to clean it. Then, lightly spray it with a garden hose to loosen up any dirt and/or debris. Next, make a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in 2 gallons of water) or baking soda, scrub (using a large sponge) the vinyl cover in a circular motion, and rinse gently with a garden hose. In regards to the bottom of the cover, don’t use soap – rinse only and then wipe clean with a dry rag.

When it comes to your spa filter cartridges, a light cleaning is recommended on a monthly basis to keep the water in your spa flowing easily (and so that it doesn’t get clogged up with hard water deposits). So, you’ll want to spray each cartridge with a garden hose, making sure to remove any debris that may have built up between the cartridge pleats. A filter cleaner can also be used to help keep your filters debris-free and in good operating condition. Filters should be replaced every three years, or as directed by your owner’s manual.

No matter how clean you keep your spa, the water can still get “gunky” due to soap and detergent buildup and residue in the tub. That’s why you’ll always want to drain and refill your tub on the schedule that your Owner’s Manual sets forth – this will clear any soap residue that has accumulated over time (which is often a result of soap residue on the bathers). There are other options, such are pre-filters, that you can get to keep your water as clean as possible, right from the start – these work to remove organic components, metals (copper, iron), and tannins from the water that you’re filling the tub with.

If you have any questions or are looking for more information on hot tub maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Bonsall Pool and Spa has been Lincoln’s leader in all things pool and spa related for over 50 years!