There is nothing more relaxing than an evening soak in a hot tub. The massaging jets and hot water work together to relive tension and whisk away the worries of the day. Proper spa maintenance will help you get the most out of your spa experience. Follow this regular hot tub maintenance schedule to ensure that your spa is always clean and in good working condition.
Before Each Use
Get into the habit of doing small hot tub maintenance checks before every soak to be sure that the water is clean and healthy. Before getting into the hot tub:
Check the condition and chemical balance of the spa water using reliable test strips. If necessary, adjust the balance and run the spa for thirty minutes to allow distribution before getting in. Use the following chart to determine the proper PH and chemical levels:
PH – 7.4 is optimal, but 7.2 – 7.8 is a safe range.
Alkalinity – 120 – 180ppm
Sanitizer – 2 – 5ppm
Calcium Hardness – 125 – 400ppm
Be sure to only use hot tub chemicals purchased from a reputable spa company. Using low quality chemicals, or chemicals meant for a swimming pool to treat your spa can result in irreparable damage.
Check the temperature of the hot tub water. Most people are comfortable in water that is between 101 and 104 degrees. If an economy setting is used, be sure to allow enough time for the water to heat up before getting into the spa.
Check for loose drain covers and other loose or broken parts that could cause injury.
Daily Hot Tub Maintenance
Check the hot tub cover daily to be sure that it fits tightly and is in good repair. An ill-fitting cover can cost a fortune in lost heat and exposure so it is always best to get a new cover as soon as there is a problem.
If possible, run the filtration system of the hot tub for at least three hours each day. This will help to keep the water clean, clear and ready for use.
Weekly Hot Tub Maintenance
The water should be checked and balanced weekly whether the hot tub has been used or not. Adjust the levels according to the scale above.
Check the filter for debris and discoloration and clean as necessary.
Quarterly Hot Tub Maintenance
The water in the hot tub should be completely drained and replaced every two to six months depending on how often the hot tub is used. The best way to accomplish this is to create a quarterly hot tub maintenance schedule and mark the cleaning dates on a calendar. Follow these steps for the best results:
Drain the hot tub completely.
Clean the entire hot tub with a non-abrasive all purpose cleaner. Rinse carefully and allow it to dry.
Apply one to two coats of spa polish to protect the finish.
Remove the jets and clean them to remove calcium and dirt deposits.
Remove the filter and deep clean it. Alternatively, replace the filter with a new one.
Condition the spa pillows and soft hot tub cover.
Refill the hot tub with water and spa chemicals.
Check the chemical and PH balance and adjust as necessary.
Annual Hot Tub Maintenance
The filter should be completely replaced at least once a year.