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10 Awesome Hot Tub Care Tips and Tricks

As a hot tub owner you know that it’s not all about relaxing, reading, drinking, and whatever else you decide to do in your hot tub – no judgment here. You need to take care of it! That means, cleaning it, testing it, adding chemicals, and making sure it’s safe for everyone that uses it.

I put out a call to the very best that the hot tub industry has to offer and asked them to share with us their coolest, most unique, most unconventional hot tub care tips and tricks.

Perhaps some of these you may know already and are currently performing them, but I can assure you there are some really cool tricks and tips in here that even I didn’t know about and I’m sure you’ll find useful.

Without further ado in no particular order, here are 10 of 27 awesome hot tub care tips and tricks from industry’s top professionals: the rest to come with next blog:

1. Use Panty Hose On Hot Tub Refills

When it becomes necessary to drain and re-fill a hot tub (which is frequently to maintain water balance in such a small body of water), cover the lower return inlets with nylons to catch the re-circulating debris and prevent it from getting back into the filter system.

2. Use Tennis Balls In The Skimmer

Place tennis balls into the skimmers – or directly into the water – to attract bodily oils, hair products, lotions, etc. from entering the filtration system. Change them as necessary depending on the bather load.

3. Make Your Own Siphon Vac

I like to make my own siphon vac from a section of garden hose screwed onto a length of 3/4″ pvc pipe with an MTA fitting on the end. It’s quick and easy to pull it out, prime it up, drop the hose, and use it to vac up grit and small debris.

You’ll need:

3′ piece of 3/4″ schedule 40 pvc

6′ piece of garden hose, with a female end on one end

3/4″ MTA fitting, (male threaded adapter), glued onto the end of the pipe.

The hose screws onto the MTA fitting. To use the device, submerge it in water to fill up the hose (prime it). Cap the hose end and drop it on the ground. It will start flowing immediately. Begin vacuuming to waste!

4. Clean Your Hot Tub Cover With Bleach and Water

Hot tub covers are notorious for producing a musty or mildew smell after a while. That’s why it’s important to keep your cover clean and free of these foul odors.

Use a small amount of bleach (10%) added to water (90%) and wipe down the bottom of the hot tub cover every 90 days. This will help prevent your cover from getting that musty smell that everyone dislikes.

5. Use An Enzyme Product

It is very useful to use a spa enzyme product on a regular basis for maintaining a hot tub!

Why do this, and what does it do?

Enzyme products break down fatty lipids, keep a pool or hot tub cleaner, and help the sanitizing chemicals work better. Enzymes are also great for keeping the filter cleaner and helping prevent the unpleasant “scummy line” that can form around the top.

Think of enzymes as little miniature scum busters for your hot tub! A little dab will do you and be well worth the small investment to keep your hot tub pristine.

6. Use a Timer When Refilling

When filling your hot tub, either for the first time or after cleaning it, make sure you set yourself a timer. My brother-in-law fried his equipment because he forgot to check on the hot tub for hours!

7. Use a Hose Filter

Also, while filling up your hot tub, attach a hose filter to the end of your hose. This will filter the water as it’s going in. If you can’t find a filter, place the hose in the filter area so that it will pass through them while filling the hot tub.

8. Clean Your Filter Cartridges with a Spray Cleaner

Clean your cartridge often…spray cleaners make this process easier.

9. Get Some Back Up Filters

When cleaning the filter, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If your filter is replaceable, it’s a good idea to keep a second filter on hand for uninterrupted hot tub fun. This allows for a quick change-out so you can resume your activities without missing a beat.

10. Avoid Household Chemicals When Cleaning Your Hot Tub

Steer clear of household chemicals when cleaning the hot tub shell – you should use a cleaning chemical that is specifically designed for hot tubs. Be sure to rinse the shell with fresh water if you do use any cleaning agents. Cheaper is not always better.


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