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A Quick Guide to Hot Tub Cleaning
In the past few years, hot tub and pool builders have been fully booked as people try to enjoy their homes more. If you are one of the people to have invested in such a device, it might be time to think about cleaning it so you can ensure it is always ready for use. Though, do you know what goes into hot tub cleaning?
Below you can find a step-by-step guide on how to go about cleaning your hot tub. Make sure you follow every step so you can use the device again sooner rather than later in the future.
Deactivate the Tub
The first thing you want to do is disconnect the tub from any electrical outlets. Hot tubs use a lot of electricity, and the last thing you want is an accident related to the combination of an outlet and water. If the hot tub is plugged into the house's electrical systems, you might need to turn off the electricity in that whole area.
If you do not know how to do this, then look in the hot tub's instruction manual. If you need to turn off the house's electricity, you might need to consult an electrician as it might have nothing to do with the hot tub itself.
Drain the Water
You then need to remove all the water from the tub to refresh it with fresh water after the cleaning process. Look for some kind of drain valve or plug in the bottom of the tub. You can often even attach a hose to it if it does not flow out to somewhere safe.
If your hot tub does not come with a drainage system, you might instead have to resort to either a pump. If you cannot get one of those, it might be time to trust in a good old-fashioned bucket and sponge to get the last drops out of the device.
Clean the Tub Itself
Using a non-abrasive cleaner, or one that advertises itself as for hot tubs, start the process of cleaning the inner shell of the hot tub itself. If you cannot afford such products, you can always use baking soda and water, but this may not be as effective.
Use a soft cleaning cloth and go over the whole shell inside the tub. It does not matter if you see dirt and debris in a specific area, make sure it all receives work as there may be bacteria you cannot see. On the other hand, if you can see dirt, make sure to take longer in those areas to scrub away any grime.
Make sure not to use normal household cleaners. Many of these can contain bleach or other harmful chemicals that could affect the hot tub's users once you refill it.
Make sure you also clean the cover for the hot tub too. This will stop anything growing inside it that you might have missed when removing it.
Rinse and Clean the Filter
Cleaning the tub itself only does so much. It is important to have a filter that can always clean the water in the tub, so you need to keep it free from debris.
Remove the filter from its casing and wash it down. Give it a good rinse, removing anything that might be stuck on the filter. Then, follow the instructions in both the hot tub and on any filter cleaning solution to clean it thoroughly.
Once it has soaked in the filter cleaning products for long enough, remove it and rinse it down once more and leave it to dry. Once it is dry, you can replace it.
Refill the Hot Tub
After you have rinsed any cleaning products off of the tub, you can then fill it back up with water. If you notice that any products continue to linger, let the water drain away and try again.
To do this, you can use a garden hose or a dedicated hot tub line. However, remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions and not fill it too much.
Neutralize the Water
If you have bought a water chemistry kit, use it to test the pH and sanitizer levels in the hot tub. The pH of the water should be somewhere between 7.2 and 7.8 to be safe for prolonged human use. At the same time, check the levels of sanitizer based on the recommended amount in your sanitizer product.
You should also ensure the alkalinity does not extend past 120 ppm and does not go below 80 ppm.
This might all seem like a lot, but it is important to keep hot tub use safe in the future.
Add Chlorine and Other Chemicals
Based on how neutral the water is, you might need to add more chemicals at this point. Add what the manufacturer suggests and nothing more, you do not want to cause harm to the device or its occupants.
When adding these chemicals, remember to follow the instructions to keep yourself safe. Wear gloves and a face mask if asked to, and also make sure to wear eye protection to make sure you do not cause damage due to splashing.
Turn the Power Back On
Once everything is ready, you can turn the power back on. Do not jump right in, though. Wait a few hours first, as the chemicals need to spread through the water and the filtration systems before everything is safe.
After that, enjoy your clean hot tub.
Hot Tub Cleaning Done Right
Hot tub cleaning can be a very intensive process. It is no surprise if you feel you need some advice in doing it, or if you need to pick up some of the chemicals or supplies you need elsewhere. This is where we can help you.
We are a dedicated provider of hot tub parts and supplies to help you maintain your hot tub in the easiest way possible. All you need to do is give us a call and we can answer any questions you have. So get in contact today and see what we can do for you.