A Beginner’s Guide to Hot Tub Maintenance: Everything to Know

After an exhausting work week, you’d like nothing better than to kick back and relax in your outdoor hot tub. Trouble is, once you get there, the tub is full of grime and stale water. Your relaxation time’s getting put on hold for now.

Thing is, if you’d learned how to keep your hot tub nice and clean, you wouldn’t risk running into this problem. But how do you keep your hot tub in top shape?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to give you our beginner’s guide to hot tub maintenance! So without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Hot Tub Maintenance Starts With Identification

Before you get out any cleaning supplies, you should first identify what kind of material your hot tub is made of, as that determines how it gets cleaned. For example, some inground hot tubs are made of wood, which requires gentler cleaning fluid than one made of acrylic.

Cleaning Your Hot Tub

When cleaning your hot tub, you’ll want to get all the harmful bacteria wiped out of the water lines first, whether it’s due to stagnant water or biofilm. To do this, you’ll want to run special line flusher fluid through the hot tub lines while the tub runs to circulate the fluid through the whole structure.

After that, you’re ready to drain the hot tub. Power your tub off first to prevent any electrical accidents. From there, locate the drain plug on your hot tub.

Once you’ve found the plug, you have two options. You can either drain the tub through a hose (cheaper, but takes a while) or a submersible pump (more expensive, but fast). 

While the water drains, locate the filters on your hot tub and remove them. Filters usually need a good run through water to clean, but vinegar-water solutions work for instances where your filter is exceptionally dirty. 

Once the filters are good to go and the tub is drained, spray the interior of the tub down with a specialized hot tub cleaner (normal cleaning products will damage it). Once you’re done, mop up the spray with a dry cloth.

Getting Back to Normal

Once that’s done, you’re all set to refill the pool. You’ll want to get a hose filter as you refill to block out materials like copper that can accumulate in the water over time. You’ll also want to run pH tests on the water semi-frequently to make sure it’s at a good chemical balance.

A good rule of thumb is to keep it at around 7.4 acidity. If this number gets too high, your pool water will look gross and unappealing. Too low, and the water will irritate your skin and eyes.

If this seems like too much hassle, you can always call in a professional company to do the work for you. It’s better to hire a professional than a DIY start-up for these kinds of jobs because they tend to bring more knowledge and experience to the table. Plus, cleaning your hot tub incorrectly could damage it forever.

Destination? Relaxation

And there you have it! Now that you have this beginner’s guide to hot tub maintenance, you’re ready to go enjoy your relaxation time pronto! And if you’re looking to get in on this hot tub action (or purchase prime add-ons for it), make sure to give us a shout and let us know what we can do for you!

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