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10 Easy Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

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Taking care of your hot tub is a lot like taking care of your car. It needs routine maintenance to keep it running like new.

Our site is packed full of useful information about taking care of your hot tub, but I’ve put together a video, of what I think, are the best hot tub maintenance tips to get you started, or help you continue on the path to excellent hot tub care.

Easy Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

Here are the tips that are mentioned in the video along with links to more in-depth content:

1. Use tennis balls to attract oils in your water

Hot water extracts oils, lotions and soap from your body and clothes, and sometimes your filters won’t be able to get them out. The fibers on a tennis ball will aid in attracting these extractions and get them out of the hot tub.

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2. Clean your hot tub cover with water and a little bleach

Mix bleach and water together in a bucket (10% bleach to 90% water) and use the solution to wipe down the inside of your hot tub cover to prevent a mildew smell from occurring.

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3. Set a timer when filling your hot tub

You don’t want your hot tub to overflow when you’re filling it. Set a timer on your phone, or use a simple kitchen timer, to give you a heads up to check on how your hot tub is filling up.

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4. Take advantage of off-peak hours to run your hot tub

Call your electric provider and ask when the best time to run your hot tub is. Running your hot tub in the middle of the night (when everyone is asleep) could save you money.

5. Use white vinegar to clean your hot tub

Whether your doing a drain and refill or wiping down a scum line, you can dip a soft sponge in a little white vinegar to clean the shell and jets.

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6. Turn off air valves when heating or adding chemicals

Doing this will allow your hot tub to heat up faster and chemicals to mix into the water quicker.

7. Test your water every week!

Use test strips every week to make sure all the chemicals in your hot tub are at the proper levels.

8. Drain and clean your hot tub every 3-4 months

You wouldn’t leave you bath tub filled for 4 months and let everyone in your household use it, would you? Same goes for your hot tub. Draining and refilling will help keep you water clean and your hot tub clean as well.

9. Clean your hot tub filters weekly

Just like testing, you should remove your filters and rinse them down with a high-pressure garden hose weekly. You should also clean them every month with a filter cleaner designed for hot tub filters.

10. Keep chemicals on hand

You should keep a good supply of the following chemicals in case you need to use them:

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Taking care of your hot tub isn’t rocket science. By following the principles in The Hot Tub Handbook, you’ll know exactly what to do and when to do it, resulting in crystal clear water year round.

Happy Soaking!

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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11th, 2013