By cleaning areas underwater,
the circulation is greatly improved, the filter can pick up more stuff or it has
less to pick up, and with proper cleaning, less chemicals are used.
Regular cleaning above the waterline can also prevent skin rashes due to unseen
Here's what Spa & Hot tub cleaning involves:
- Regular vacuuming (normally about once each
- Regular wiping of the walls & water line
(at least once each week)
- Dealing with debris (as needed)
- Chemical cleaning of the filter (recommended 2
times each season)
- Regular cleaning of the plumbing lines
(whenever the spa is drained & refilled)
- simple vacuuming of the spa to remove excess debris such as sand & dirt that
gets tracked in upon entering the spa. Just keep as much of it out as possible.
- Wiping your spa is often the most neglected chore. Many people don't
see the point, but wiping the spa's surfaces prevents bio-film
build up - above,
and below the waterline. Wiping is akin to
flossing your teeth. You know you should do it, but...it's just a hassle.
I drive my wife a little nutty by wiping down the whole spa whenever I get in -
but we've never had a skin rash or "slimy feeling" spa.
Be sure to clean the surface with surface cleaner when the spa is empty at
draining time. Use a good thick quality
surface cleaner like
Off the Wall®
- DON'T USE regular household products like 409 or kitchen cleanser: household
cleaners are harsh, especially on vinyl lined spas such as a Softub. Those products can break
down the plasticizer in the vinyl & shorten the liner's life. Plus, most
household cleaners contain phosphates that feed bio-films. Not only will your
spa look better without that icky dark ring around the spa, you will help
eliminate a bio-film area.
Remove bio-films - use products like AquaFinesse
that regularly remove bio-film build-ups in the spa plumbing lines. Read more
Bio-films here. More dealing with bio-films in Key 6 - Purging, Draining &
Dealing with leaves & other "blow ins" -
Since most spas & hot tubs are covered, "blow-in" are not a big concern, but you
should be aware of the care issue. The more stuff
you've got blowing into your spa, the more stress you put on your entire spa
maintenance system - including the chemicals.
Filter Cleaning - aids in removing greases, oils & other bather and
environmental waste that will soil your filter and shorten its life.
Normal, regular backwashing & rinsing will not remove these wastes.
a couple of analogies that will help you understand the significance of chemical
cleaning: do you use shampoo on when you wash your hair or do you just rinse it?
Without shampoo, your hair would be pretty matted & dirty after a couple of
weeks. How about dirty clothes? Do you only rinse them out in the
washing machine or do you add detergent to release & help remove the dirt &
greasy stains? The same thing goes with your pool filter. How do you
chemically clean a filter? That's easy. Use filter
cleaning products such as
SpaGuard® Surface Cleaner® that is
used when you can soak your filter (soak the elements ) for a several hours. Regular
use of enzymes further control "ick" build-up on the filter as well as spa
Plumbing Lines - these are just breeding grounds for all kinds of
stuff you don't want growing in
spa or hot tub. If you ever wondered why your
spa keeps going cloudy or gets a funky odor or you can't
maintain good chlorine or other sanitizer levels is because there's a nice
bio-film growing in the plumbing lines. Use enzymes such as
Natural Enzyme or
Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect on a weekly basis to control
When draining & refilling the spa, products such as
Natural Chemistry Spa Purge or
AquaFinesse SpaClean tablets are excellent in
removing this biofilm from the lines.
To learn more about
Bio-films here & enzymes
For more information on the workings of your pool, click on the
6 Keys to Pool Care
Some information contained in this
article is courtesy of the BioGuard Chem PLUS 2003, 2004, Chem College 2007 &
H2-Know 2011 Reference Guide.
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