- Keep your hot tub sanitized by using chlorine, bromine, and biguanide
- Clean your hot tub filter and its cartridges
- Keep your hot tub cover and vinyl hot tub cover clean
- Replace your hot tub’s water regularly
- Keep your hot tub’s water balanced
Keep your hot tub sanitized by using chlorine, bromine, and biguanide
Adding chemicals to your new hot tub’s water may not seem very ideal at first, but it’s absolutely necessary to keep the water sanitized and for it to not become a breeding ground for bacteria, which thrive in warm water. By using hot tub test strips, you can determine if the water in your tub is lacking any of those chemicals. Chlorine and bromine are common chemicals used by most hot tub owners, but if you prefer a sanitizing agent with fewer odors, biguanide is worth a try and it has a milder odor than chlorine or bromine.
Clean your hot tub’s filter and its cartridges
Every hot tub is built with a filtration system to keep the water clean, sanitized, and to prolong the water usage as well, as replacing the water every use can be costly and time consuming. The filter does most of the work of keeping your water safe and comfortable for use. However, it’s important to keep the filters clean and to regularly check on them every 1 to 2 weeks to see if they are in need of replacement. You can use a filter-cleaning product that’s suitable for your hot tub. Typically, the ideal timeframe for replacing the filter is every three years, but if you use your hot tub very heavily, it is helpful to check on these filters when you can to ensure that they are in good working condition. Minerals and calcification from hard water is a common culprit for clogging your hot tub’s filter.
Keep your hot tub cover and vinyl hot tub cover clean
To prevent your hot tub’s surface from getting damaged during cleaning, opt for a soft rag or a non-abrasive sponge and a mild soap diluted in water to clean its surface from dust and other dirt that has accumulated. You can also use a little bleach and water solution to sanitize your hot tub cover to keep mildew and its smell away. As for the vinyl hot tub cover, it’s important for it to be conditioned to prevent damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun, which can make your vinyl cover crack faster overtime, as well as to prevent the growth of mildew, and prolong its life. You can use a conditioning product on the topside of your tub cover for protection, but not the underside of it.
Replace your hot tub’s water regularly
Your hot tub’s water must be replaced every 2 months. Since you’ll be adding chemicals and other cleaning products to your water, these will prolong the usage of the water in your tub. However, if you use your hot tub very often, it’s ideal to replace it more often than that to keep your water sanitized, for hygienic purposes, and to prevent the spread of bacteria and potential diseases. Over time, soap and other chemical residue will buildup in the water and will make the water murky and unpleasant, and the only way to remove such buildups is to drain the water from your tub, and replace it. It is important you follow the instructions on your hot tub’s manual for draining the hot tub properly.
Keep your hot tub’s water balanced
To maximize the comfortable experience that your hot tub can provide, sometimes it’s not about the high-tech functionalities or special features your hot tub has, but the secret may lie in the water balance. To achieve the perfect water balance, you have to consider 3 factors: pH levels, calcium hardness, and alkalinity.
An easy way to check all of these is through purchasing hot tub or spa test strips, and there are ones that can even provide readings to determine chlorine levels, bromine levels, as well as overall water hardness as well. All you have to do is to dip these strips into your tub’s water for 15 seconds then it will give you the reading. From here, you can determine what kind of chemical you need to add to the water to achieve a better water balance. As for pH levels, it’s important to note that the ideal range is between 7.4 to 7.6, and achieving the correct pH level is crucial not only in providing a comfortable water balance, but it will also efficiently sanitize your tub as well.
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