Maintaining a hot tub can be a lot of work. The tiny body of water can be difficult to keep clean and balanced. There are many things you can do to make the maintenance easier. Here are some tips and tricks to maintaining your hot tub.
Use Tennis Balls
Soaps and oils can damage the filtration system. Even if you don't put them directly into the water, they still come off of your body when you get into the hot tub. Tennis balls are perfect for attracting these oils. If you put them into the skimmer, the lotions and oils will stick to the balls when you skim the water. If you are a heavy lotion user, you can put the tennis balls directly into the water when you get in as well.
Bleach the Cover
Most people don't even think about the hot tub cover when they are cleaning their hot tub. However, the cover usually starts smelling like mildew after a while. You don't need to live with a hot tub that stinks every time you take the lid off. Make sure you wipe down the inside of the hot tub lid every few months or so. You don't need to use bleach by itself. Cleaning solutions generally suggest a 1:10 solution, meaning you want 1 part bleach to 10 parts water, making bleach only about 10% of the solution.
The filters need to be cleaned periodically. In your home, you change your air filter every few months to keep the air flowing through it properly. If you don't clean your filters in your hot tub, the water isn't going to flow through it properly. Remove your hot tub filter and spray it off with the garden hose. The pleats tend to keep grime hidden, so make sure you spread them apart with your fingers and spray in between them. This should be done on a weekly basis to keep them working properly. Once you have sprayed it off with the hose, spray it down with a bottle of filter cleaner. You can purchase a specialized bottle of hot tub filter cleaner from a pool and spa store.
If you don't want to purchase the filter cleaner, you can make your own cleaning solution. One type of cleaning solution you can make is a bleach solution. You can use the same 1:10 solution that you use for your hot tub lid. The only problem with bleach is that it's corrosive and it will reduce the life of your filter. You will likely need to replace the filter more often if you use bleach. If you want to use something more gentle, consider using a cleaner with white vinegar instead of bleach. Vinegar is a natural cleaner and the smell evaporates, so you don't have to worry about your hot tub smelling like vinegar.
When the hot tub starts getting really dirty, a lot of people start dumping a lot of extra chemicals in to try and clear up the algae and rebalance the pH. Hot tub chemicals are expensive, and you can end up spending more in chemicals than you would to just refill the tub. You also need to be mindful of how many chemicals are going to wind up on your skin when you hop in for a soak. If your hot tub starts getting difficult to clear up, it's time to just drain it. Use your bleach and water mixture to wipe down your hot tub, and then refill it with clean water.
Hot tubs can be frustrating to maintain, especially if you're a new hot tub owner. These tips can make maintaining your hot tub much easier. Keep it clean and you can enjoy it every night. Contact a spa construction company like KrisCo Aquatech Pools & Spas for more information.