10 Easy Hot Tub Maintenance Tips
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.
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.
Penn Championship Extra Duty High Altitude Tennis Ball Can, 3 Balls
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Attract oils, lotions and soaps just using tennis balls.
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.
Clorox Concentrated Regular Bleach, 3 Count
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One of the most ubiquitous chemicals on the planet. Perfect for cleaning pools and hot tubs.
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.
Presto 04213 Electronic Digital Timer
Here’s a simple digital timer you can use for filling your hot tub or your kitchen.
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.
Heinz White Vinegar Distilled, 128 oz
Another ubiquitous chemical I always keep on hand for cleaning.
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:
- pH Increaser
- pH Decreaser
- Alkalinity Increaser
- Sanitizer (chlorine or bromine or whatever sanitizer you use)
- Non-chlorine shock
- Test strips
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