How to Keep Your Spa Clean

Do you know how to protect and clean your hot tub year-round?

Is it necessary to perform hot tub and spa maintenance regularly?

No one wants to discover that their spa pool is covered in algae or debris when they go for a dip. That's why regular spa maintenance is so essential. From hot tub chemical levels to using a spa cover, there is a lot that you need to remember if you want to keep your spa healthy.

Hot tub and spa maintenance are essential to maintain a healthy spa and get the most out of your investment. As a hot tub owner, you should be booking a thorough cleaning around every four months. Some spa owners prefer to perform regular weekly spa maintenance while others schedule a monthly clean, no matter what you decide, it's vital that you clean your hot tub, you don't want to swim in a bacterial soup next time you jump in your spa.

In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance, it's also important to keep an eye on the various components of your spa, including the spa heater. If you notice that your hot tub water is not heating up as it should, it could be a sign that you need spa heater repair. Ignoring this issue can lead to further damage to your spa and potentially more expensive repairs down the line.

How to Clean a Spa: Top Tips for Effective Spa Cleaning

Knowing how to clean a spa is a crucial part of your maintenance. With correct spa cleaning, you can avoid bacteria growth, mould, or debris build up and possibly save hundreds of dollars in repairs. To create your own spa cleaning guide, there are some top tips you can include.

spa tub being cleaned out

1. What hot tub chemicals should you use?

What chemical is better for your spa pool, chlorine or bromine? Did you know that the spa chemicals that you use in your spa will affect both you and your spa equipment?

To determine your hot tub water chemistry, you can use spa test strips to find out the pH balance and ensure it is within the proper ranges (7.4-7.6 pH level). If your water quality is bad, you may find that your spa water balance may need adjusting.

For your go-to cleaning solution you should never use bromine as it can cause lasting damage to your skin and your spa pool's filter cartridge and inner workings. You can reduce the need to use harsh chemicals by regularly cleaning your spa and using fresh water.

Do you have cloudy water, or are concerned about adding chemicals, read more about spa water quality.

2. Use a hot tub cover

One of the easiest ways to keep your spa clean is by using a spa cover, this prevents debris from contaminating your fresh water and clogging up spa filters. If you do have some leaves or debris on your spa surfaces you can use a scoop to clear them away before you turn on your spa. To clean your spa cover you can use a garden hose to wash it off regularly.

outdoor hot tub covered up
outdoor hot tub being filled up

3. Drain and refill

Part of your hot tub's cleaning checklist should also include a regular maintenance drain and refill. This helps to prevent damage to your outdoor spas especially if you use your spa frequently. When you drain all your spa water you can wash out all your pipes and clean the shell of your spa to remove built up bacteria. You should ideally remove your hot tub's water around three or four times a year. Doing this can vastly improve the quality of your spa water.

4. Schedule regular spa maintenance

Lastly, you should book in regular spa cleaning and maintenance to reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown when you are ready to go for a dip. Take care of your hot tub by calling a professional to replace your spa filter and perform maintenance.

Pool pump repairs in Brisbane are just as important as spa maintenance. A faulty pool pump can result in poor water circulation and filtration, which can lead to algae growth and other issues.

From replacing hot tub filters, to pump maintenance, or general spa enquiries, give our friendly team a call today.

hot tub professional working on hot tub maintenance

How To Clean Spa Filters?

Regular spa maintenance is vital to you and your family’s health. However, sometimes in maintenance, it can be easy to forget about the internal workings of your spa. It’s always important to remember to properly clean your spa filter to ensure there is no debris build up.

For how to clean a spa filter, you can follow these steps:

Step 1

Before starting the cleaning process, turn off the spa and make sure the pump is not running. Locate the spa filter, typically found near the water intake area and carefully remove the filter from its housing.

Step 2

Use a garden hose to gently rinse off loose debris and dirt from the filter. (Avoid using a high-pressure spray as it may damage the filter.)

Soak your spa filter in a bucket of water and mix in a spa cartridge cleaner. Leave this to soak.

Note to always check with your manufacturer’s recommendations before using any cleaning products.

Step 3

After soaking, thoroughly rinse the filter to remove any remaining cleaning solution and contaminants. Once the filter is clean and dry, reinsert it into its housing, ensuring it is properly aligned and securely fitted.

Step 4

Turn on the spa, check for any leaks, and ensure that the filter is working correctly. You can repeat this spa cleaning at least once a month, or once a fortnight depending on the frequency of your spa use.

With these spa maintenance tips you can ensure that your spa performs for years to come.

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