Hot Tub Time-Savers

Experts from The Deck Company ( and Springfield Pool & Spa ( share tips to help your hot tub retain its beauty and performance for years to come.

By Erin Gregory

Nov 2016

Hot Tub Time-Savers
Simple steps ensure your hot tub is up to par all season long.

Take Care of the Cover
The hot tub cover is exposed to the elements and can be damaged by UV rays, dirt and stains, so it is important to use a vinyl protector to extend its life and appearance. Before applying make sure the cover is clean and dry, then use vinyl cleaner only on the top of the cover to avoid getting the chemicals in the hot tub. To clean the underside of the cover, use a garden hose and, if necessary, a non-abrasive sponge for persistent dirt or stains. To dry the cover, just let it air dry on a warm, sunny day.—Daniel Williams, The Deck Company

Check the Chemicals
Once a week, check the hot tub chemicals: chlorine or bromine, pH and total alkalinity. The normal chemicals customers should be using on a regular basis are either chlorinating concentrate or bromine concentrate, as well as stain and scale control to prevent any hard water deposits from accumulating on the heater of the spa or leaving a deposit on the inside of the spa itself. This is what can make the inside of the spa feel gritty like sandpaper. Next is adding spa shock to the water to remove contaminates and debris, and last is adjusting the pH and total alkalinity levels—if they are out of balance—with the appropriate chemicals to raise or lower them. Keeping the pH and total alkalinity in balance is what is going to keep the spa components and equipment lasting as long as possible. This also makes the spa water comfortable to the skin and body. —Brittany Smith, Springfield Pool & Spa

Clean the Shells
The acrylic shells on most hot tubs are simple to clean. They are non-porous surfaces, which means dirt and germs cannot penetrate them. Still, just like anything else that sits outdoors, the shell can get dusty. Wiping it down with a damp cloth periodically will keep the hot tub looking as nice as the day you bought it. Owners can either use a chemical designed specifically for the shell or simply use a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water.—Daniel Williams, The Deck Company 

Maintain Your Filter Monthly
Cleaning the hot tub filter on a regular basis, usually monthly, is also necessary to lengthen the hot tub’s life. A surface filter cleaning spray should be done once per month as a periodic clean. Once per year, do an overnight soak for a deep clean. Following these simple steps allows the filter to last longer and avoid flow restriction problems.—Daniel Williams, The Deck Company

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