Hopefully we're not the first to tell you that
owning a spa, like a car or garden requires maintenance and upkeep.
There are a lot of products that greatly reduce the amount of
chemical use and maintenance time but NOTHING will make your spa
"maintenance free". The most important aspect of spa care is the
chemical balance of the water. Adjusting your chemical balance of
the spa water is like feeding it. Feed your spa right and it will be
healthy, feed it wrong and it will get "sick", and you know what
doctor bills are like!
The important thing to remember is a spa is very different from a
swimming pool. 4 people in a spa are the equivalent to having 300
people in an average size pool. With the combination of high
temperatures and ratio of people to water, problems can occur.
Here are some tips on helping you to maintain water clarity and save
you some money in added chemicals.
Residual soaps, deodorants, perfumes, cosmetics and natural body
oils and perspiration are released into the spa water and can cause
contamination. Oil and soap based products are the #1 enemy of
crystal clear spa water. Never use regular cleaners for cleaning
your spa. These products contain a very high soap or ammonia based
chemistry and if you don't get it all out of the spa you may have a
"bubble bath" which will in turn contaminate the water and screw up
the chemistry. One of the most common causes of foamy hot tub and
water cloudiness is residual detergent in bathing suits. Try using a
lower foaming detergent such as Woolite and running the bathing
suits through an extra rinse cycle. Wash them only when needed, a
separate suit for spa use is recommended. Personal hygiene products
belong in the shower. Hair spray, mousse, styling gels, deodorant,
anti-perspirerant, suntan lotion, make up, skin creams of any kind
and excess sweat will cloud your water and clog your filter,
reducing its life and costing more in chemicals. Try showering
before using the spa. Conclusively, it's most important to keep oils
or soaps of any kind out of the spa! Remember, the spa is not a
bath! Following these simple handy instructions will greatly add to
the clarity of your spa water.
Another helpful hint is when you are not using the spa keep the air
control valves closed. The best time is when you are leaving the
spa, make sure to close them. Besides letting in the cold air and
increasing heating costs, this air can also be full of dust and air
born debris that can cloud the water and increase chemical usage.
The filter cartridge needs to be cleaned regularly. Rinse it out
once a week and soak it in a filter clean solution once per month.
It needs to be replaced every 6 months to a year depending on spa
use and water chemisrty. The fibers in the cartridge start to break
down and it will not do as good of a job filtering. It is also a
good idea to have an extra cartridge (or set) on hand so you can
alternate them. This also will reduce the "down time" of the spa
while the other is being soaked in filter clean. These steps will
help keep your filter working in top order for a longer time.
- Drain and Fill:
This is required a minimum of every 3- 4 months depending on
which chemicals you use, water chemistry, body chemistry, amount
of use and soap and residue build up. You want to be as clean as
possible, wash bathing suits in plain water or non-sudsing
detergent with an extra rinse. Do not put lotions or oils on
your skin unless you are going to wash them off. This will help
to preserve the water clarity and sanitation the longest.
- Drain, Scrub and Fill:
This should be done once per year. We will drain the spa,
remove the jets and clean them, (jets that are "stuck" due to
build up will be left and cleaned best as possible to avoid
breakage) scrub all build up off the spa shell and apply a spa
gloss to help protect your spa shell from scratches and ultra
violet rays. This is the spa's "wax job".
- Stain Cabinet:
This should be done once per year. We use a redwood or grey
breathable stain. If you would like a different color or type of
stain you may supply your own.
- Maintenance Free
Cabinets: Even your maintenance free cabinet needs
attention! Once per year you should scrub it down as you would a
vinyl sided house. We will scrub the dirt and mildew buildup off
the cabinet of your spa. If you do this yearly your spa should
stay looking new for years to come.
- Cover Care: Your
cover is taking most of the abuse from the suns rays, rain, snow
and other outside elements. Twice per year you should be
treating it with a cover care. This helps prevent breakdown of
the vinyl and also keeps the cover looking good.
of your Spa: If the need arises that you need to close up
your spa for an extended period of time, there are some
necessary steps that need to be taken to prevent freeze ups and
other mishaps during your absence.