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How to Care for Your Hot Tubs

Having a hot tub in the backyard is one of the best ways to create a little haven of relaxation at home. The trouble is that the therapeutic effects of a hot tub can be completely negated if it isn’t cared for correctly. The heat and moisture make these appliances the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs, so regular cleaning and disinfection is a must.

There are a number of different ways to do this, but the end result you should aim for is a clean and safe environment.

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How to Decide on the Best Maintenance and Cleaning Methods

The first thing to consider when you have a hot tub is the amount of usage it will get and whether it will be restricted to family members and close friends. If it is, you can ensure that they are taking all the proper steps to keep it clean, like showering and washing their feet before entering it, staying away if they have any open wounds or infections, etc.

On the other hand, if you often have parties where strangers use the spa, you need to be a lot more stringent with the methods you use, since there is no way to tell if people are being as careful with the usage as you are.

Steps and Advice for Cleaning and Care of Hot Tubs

There are a few basic steps that can help you ensure that your hot tub is always clean and safe for use. These include regular maintenance which can be performed in a matter of a few minutes as well as more intense periodic treatment and cleaning that takes longer, but is essential to keeping the safety and hygiene properly.

Every Use
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Before using the hot tub, even if you use it every day, it’s important to test the chlorine and PH levels in the water to determine if they fall within the manufacturer’s recommended limits. If they are not at the correct levels, check and re-fill the chlorine container or use the recommended PH solution to make the hot tub safe for use. This takes less than 5 minutes, so make sure you never skip this step!

Every Week

On a weekly basis, clean the filter to ensure that it continues to function well. It’s a good idea to keep a spare filter at hand, as these items need to dry well after being cleaned. Use spa shock and bromine tablets (in the filter), to maintain optimum PH levels and chlorine. This process will take 10-15 minutes, but you need to wait about 5 hours before getting into the water.

Every Month

Drain the water completely and scrub the surface and covers with bleach or disinfectant to ensure that any bacteria and scale gets removed. You may need to use a scale remover if there is a lot of deposit from hard water. Refill the water after is has dried thoroughly and follow the checks for chlorine and PH before use.

It’s also a good idea to check with the manufacturer if they recommend any special products or cleaning solutions. Remember that the filters will normally need to be replaced every 6-10 months, so find out about that as well. If you follow the steps for care and maintenance, your hot tub will not only be safe to use but will also last you much longer!

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+Ethel writes about all things backyard, family, health, DIY, home improvement, outdoor living and has highest guru & evangelist status on all things hot tub. Ethel currently works with the replacement hot tub covers store BeyondNice.com.

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