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Tips for Properly Caring for a Hot Tub

Owning a hot tub should provide you and your family with a place to relax, but properly caring for a hot tub can be difficult. I don’t believe in owning something that creates a huge hassle for my family or me, so I have found simple tricks for easy spa care. I am here to share these tips with you, so your hot tub doesn’t cause you any stress.

Tip #1. Never Use Pool Chemicals

If you own a pool in addition to your hot tub, it can be very tempting to use the pool chemicals in your hot tub to save money. Both are small bodies of water, so what can it hurt? Well, pool chemicals will have dire effects on the pH levels of your hot tub water, because they are made for a larger body of water.

To correct the pH levels in your hot tub, you are going to have to either drain the water and start over or purchase more chemicals to reverse the damage the pool chemicals have done. Pool chemicals will make the water in your hot tub unsafe, so just avoid them altogether and get the proper chemicals.

Tip #2. Buy a Spa Cover

I’ve heard many people complain about the cost of purchasing a hot tub cover, but in reality, a cover will save you money in the long run. Without a cover, you are going to have to spend additional money on spa chemicals to keep the water from becoming stagnant and unsafe for use. A cover also prevents UV rays from dissipating the chemicals in your hot tub and rendering them useless.

I recommend going to SpaMate to get a custom spa cover that is made just for your hot tub. With SpaMate, you enter the dimensions of your hot tub, or search for the pre-loaded dimensions on the website, and you are given options that allow you to customize the color and the insulation of the cover.

Tip #3. Wash Off Hair and Skin Products Before Getting in Your Hot Tub

We use so many different products in our hair and on our bodies that are full of oils and other gunk that can make the water in our hot tubs become cloudy. Lotion, hair spray, deodorant, sunscreen, and other products not only cloud up the water, but they also clog the filter in your spa.
It may seem inconvenient, but take a quick shower before stepping into your hot tub to prevent having to drain your hot tub and replace or clean the filter. If your spa filter needs replaced, SpaMate also has filters for all major spa brands.

Tip #4. Clean the Shell and Jets with White Vinegar

Here’s a great way to save money! Clean the shell and jets of your hot tub with white vinegar. Once you have your tub drained, you can use a soft sponge dipped in white vinegar to remove scum and gunk from the shell of your hot tub. Carefully remove the jets and gentle wipe them off with the sponge and replace them before refilling the tub. Using vinegar also means you won’t need to rinse off the shell before you refill the tub like you would if you used a chemical cleaner.

Tip #5. Keep Extra Filters on Hand at All Times

Your hot tub can’t run without a filter, which means that you have to shut it down when you take out the filter to clean it. To prevent this, always keep at least two filters.

When you pull the dirty filter out, you should immediately replace it with a clean one. Then you can take your time to thoroughly clean and soak the dirty filter without worrying about not being able to use your hot tub.
I hope these little tips help you get more enjoyment out of your hot tub, because that’s the point of owning one!