How To Clean a Hot Tub – Hot Tub Maintenance Guide

You’ve already picked up an awesome hot tub, and you’re wondering how you’re going to maintain your hot tub. In this article we’re going to teach you the best way to clean your hot tub, and how to clean a hot tub filter. If you’re wondering about jacuzzi maintenance or inflatable hot tubs then you can still take these same steps!

Beautiful Hot Tub

With our simple tips and instructions, hot tub miantenance, spa maintenance, and jacuzzi maintenace is going to be very easy for the average owner. Hot tub maintenance is also quite affordable - just about $30-$50 every 6-9 months.

When Should I Clean My Hot Tub?

Consistent and thorough cleaning is very important to extend the life of a hot tub. Every month you should treat the existing hot tub water if the hot tub is in use. If not, every 2-3 months is okay (like during the winter), since the water should be treated for non-living organic materials such as sweat build up and oils, both of which can cause waterline rings and bad odors.

The Action Items to Clean Your Hot Tub or Spa

1. Treating Your Hot Tub Circulation

Natural Chemical Spa Purge

Treating the water in your hot tub is easy - just use the Natural Chemistry Spa Purge (Colin, replace if needed). The spa purge will be able to get rid of most spa maintenance issues by effective cleaning non-living organic materials.

Purging these out from your hot tub will ensure that your spa doesn’t collect build up, the filter stays nice and clean, and the general hot tub circulation stays functional. Afterwards, you’ll want to remove the water from the hot tub.

2. How to Drain and Clean the Empty Hot Tub

Draining your hot tub/spa is important to maintaining a hot tub because the water can easily accumulate various body oils, chemicals, and other kind of junk that can make the water unsanitary and gross. Many people try to avoid draining, but it’s extremely important to consistently clean your hot tub. and is the most important step of hot tub maintenance. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do:

  1. Turn off all power of your hot tub. You’ll not only want to turn it off, but also unplug it.
  2.  Use a drain plug (if you have one), or a sump pump to drain the hot tub. Be sure to keep some water inside the foot well.
  3. Use a hot tub cleaner and spray the hot tub interior. Follow the instructions of your hot tub cleaner, then use a towel or paper towels to wipe it clean. It’s important to make sure you get rid of ALL the cleaner and not leave any behind, or the chemicals can make your water foam excessively.
  4. Take out the hot tub filters and spray them with the cleaner. Wipe it off, and then rinse them off thoroughly in hot water. Put it back into the spa after rinsing. If you’d rather clean your hot tub filters with vinegar, be sure to read below!
  5. Now, you’ll want to fill up your hot tub again now that it’s cleaned. Get your garden hose and put it into the filter well. This way it’ll go through the filter in its entirey, and the water will go through the pipes, cleaning the water as you fill up the hot tub.
  6. Plug the hot tub back in, and turn it on again. However, make sure to tun off the air valves.

After ensuring that it works we still need to do 2 more steps which are shocking the hot tub and cleaning the hot tub cover.

3. Shocking the Hot Tub

Shocking the hot tub is very important to make sure that the new water is treated and that your hot tub remains clean after cleaning it. You’ll want to put Leslie’s Chlor Brite in a pail of water. After a few hours, close the hot tub cover (to minimize chlorine loss) and turn the hot tub on, allowing the water to circulate for seven to ten hours, or just overnight.

Use test strips to make sure that the process was successful - you’ll want to check for free chlorine. If there is none, you’ll need to redo this hot tub because it means it didn’t work.

Cleaning the Hot Tub Cover

Although this won’t typically affect the actual cleaning of  best hot tub covers, you’ll want to clean it and apply a layer of 303 Aerospace Protectant. 303 is the top protectant for UV protectino and protects your hot tub cover from the sun, almost like sunscreen. By applying a layer of 303 every couple of months it will prevent sun damage that usually ruins the lifespan of products, but actually doing it once a month is ideal.

A Hot Tub Cover

Applying a single layer is enough to last for a few months and doesn’t harm the environment. At the same time it will prevent dust, dirt, and staining from ruining the cover, making the hot tub cover stay clean longer in addition to making the cover last longer.

You’re Done!

Although we’ve gone through the core steps to teach you how to clean your hot tub, below we list alternative methods of cleaning and go into more detail about some steps. We also explain in detail about why it’s important to go through this cleaning process.

Sanitizing Chemicals Build Up

The most threatening chemicals that you could be exposed to in the water are used sanitizers. When bromine/chlorine meet with nitrogen or ammonia, the sanitizier transforms and is no longer able to kill bacteria. This transformed santizier is called chloramine and is typically what gives your hot tub that chemical spell.

Cleaning Your Spa Filter with Vinegar

Cleaning your spa filter is important and will improve the lifespan of the filter. While the typical life span is about 12 months, if you mistreat it may last only half as long, but if you take great care of it it can eaisly last 18-24 months. Taking the time for consistent spa filter cleaning and maintenance will definitely pay off!

Fortunately, vinegar is the only ingredient you need to clean your spa filter is common enough such that it should be found in most households. All you need to do is mix 3-4 cups of vinegar with water - just enough tosubmerge and soak your filter in overnight with the solution. This will loosen up any calcium build up or debris which you can get rid of in the next step.

Vinegar Soak for Hot Tub

After soaking, the spa filter just needs to go through a good rinse with a garden hose or any pressured nozzle and it’ll be completely clean. Although it’ll be completely clean after the soak, you want to rinse the filter out well for 2 reasons.

  1. So that the vinegar doesn’t get into the hot tub water when you put it back in, which can change the pH level of the hot tub.
  2. To get rid of the debris and calcium build up that was loosened from the vinegar soak.

Finally, make sure to test the pH with your favorite digital pool water tester or really good pool water test kits to make sure the spa is properly purged.

Conclusion

​As you can see, there are a good amount of steps to clean up your hot tub, but in reality once you go through them a few times it becomes very easy to do. It's very cheap and isn't too much work, but can save you hundreds a year if you had instead just hired someone instead of doing it yourself.

Following these tips will ensure that you have a clean, hygienic hot tub and will improve the lifespan of the ​hot tub, as well as the cover. This will ultimately improve your hot tub experience and save you money in the long run.

So what are you waiting for? Take a few hours to follow these steps closely and clean out that hot tub!​

Laurie S.

As a multi home owner for 15 years I’ve tried out a ton of pool products and methods and have found out the best ones that work for me.

I love helping out other people with real, honest advice and spending time with my family. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me in the about or through a comment.

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