Some Cleaning Basics For Your New Spa
So you finally decided to buy that backyard spa you’ve always wanted: congratulations! If you already have a swimming pool, you may think the maintenance of a hot tub is virtually the same. If you are new to home water playing, you may think that all you have to do with your spa is fill and forget it. It’s not the same as a swimming pool, and you certainly can’t neglect regular maintenance. Here are some of the basics for keeping your investment nice and clean.
Unlike swimming pools, spas operate at extremely hot temperatures and may have many bodies confined within a relatively small space. For both these reasons, it’s important to take special precautions to make sure your spa stays safe to soak in, has the proper balance of chemicals to keep eye burn away, and stays clean and pleasant to be in.
Whether you use your hot tub daily or not, you should take just a couple of minutes a day to check its chemical balance. You should test its chlorine and PH levels and make sure they fall within the parameters set by your manufacturer. The correct chlorine level is essential to the prevention of algae growth and to kill harmful bacteria. “Foaming” is a common occurrence in hot tubs but it should not be allowed to be the norm: there are many anti-foam products on the market that are made especially for spa use.
Once a week, make sure to change your spa’s filter. You should keep at least one spare one on hand to swap out while you clean the old one. Filters should be replaced altogether every 6 months or yearly, depending on your tub’s level of use. If you use hard water in your hot tub, make sure to add a scale remover to the water on a monthly basis to help keep the surfaces clean.
Every two to three months, you should drain your spa completely and refill it with nice clean water. Water should also be changed if you use a de-foaming product without success. When in doubt about chemical balance, it’s safest to start afresh. Your spa cover may also be a repository for harmful bacteria. When you change your water, take the time to soak your cover in a weak chlorine solution.
Finally, pay attention to the scum and grease that may accumulate right at the water line. Body oils and residues from swim suits will inevitably build up on the outer surface of your tub, making soaking an unpleasant experience. These lines can be easily and safely removed by using cleaning pastes designed specifically for a spa. This cleaning can be done daily for prevention, or as needed.
Spa ownership is a wonderful thing, but it’s critical for an owner to take good care of his new toy. Regular chemical checks and cleanings are essential to making soaking a great experience for the whole family. To ensure safety, just make sure to only use products designed for spa care.