One of the things that you’re going to get used to doing with your hot tub is cleaning it. Sure, not everyone’s idea of a good time, but it’s definitely important to make sure that you stay safe and healthy -- as does everyone else who uses your hot tub. If you’re looking for some tips on how to clean your hot tub water, you’ll find yourself in just the right spot! Here’s what you should know.
Frequency of water change
On average, you’re going to need to completely change over your hot tub water about every 3 months. There are some factors that make this earlier or later, of course, but this is the standard number to go by. However, you’ll also need to clean the hot tub water itself while it’s still in the tub. This should be done, ideally, after you use your tub each time.
Chemicals to use
You’ve got your basic hot tub chemicals that you’ll want to add in, and this is going to be specific to your unit, so make sure that you read the instructions properly. The two products to use are going to be chlorine and pH controllers.
Chlorine is a natural bacteria killer and sanitizer for your hot tub, whereas the pH controller is going to be for maintaining the proper pH level in your water (important for your tub’s cleanliness and general health).
These chemicals are absolutely essential, so make sure that you don’t skip them. You must have these in your water to make sure that you aren’t accidentally growing an entire fish tank of bacteria (gross, right?). Hot water is perfect for that kind of thing, so these chemicals are not to be skipped.
Once a week, or so, you’re also going to want to add a specially designed filter cleaning agent that will help keep your filter humming and your water clean, A dirty, clogged filter is a useless one, after all. Not to mention that it’ll put more strain on your system and can even create more need for maintenance.
The tub itself
Keeping you water clean itself with the right chemicals is going tobe the main point here, of course, but it goes to say, too, that you should make time to clean your actual tub. Most people will time this with draining the water for simplicity. After all, build-up will get into the jets, the pipes and the tub itself. You can have a series of tools to help you, including a spa vacuum, suction hoses that create a siphon, and a good old soft mop or towel. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but having a squeaky clean hot tub is certainly going to be worth it.
While cleaning the hot tub is admittedly less fun than using it, you can bet that knowing you are in clean water is going to add a little extra relaxation to your session, so make sure that you take the time to properly clean your water with chemicals and full water changes when the time comes!