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Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Spa Water Clean

It’s no secret, nobody wants to soak or swim in dirty water. While cleaning your hot tub or swim spa on a regular basis can help to keep the water safe and clean, there are additional things that you can do to really stay on top of things and keep the water as enjoyable as possible. In this article, we’re going to list tip and tricks that you can do to keep your spa water clean, safe and enjoyable.

Use a Spa Cover

There are many benefits of using a spa cover. For instance, using a properly-fitting cover that seals your spa can help to keep the warmth inside, lowering heating costs and taking stress off of the spa to regulate the temperature. What some hot tub and swim spa owners don’t know is that a cover can help to keep the water clean. The cover protects the water from insects, leaves, rain water, and other debris from entering the water. The fewer contaminants that enter the water, the cleaner and more enjoyable that it will be.

Create a Schedule

Consistency is key when it comes to spa maintenance. Create a schedule that includes all of your hot tub and swim spa cleaning duties that you can commit to. You may want to use a calendar, phone or app to help you stay on track. As part of your maintenance routine, you should include filter cleaning, filter replacements as needed, water change quarterly, and cleaning the cover as well.

Spa supplies that you should always have on-hand for maintenance include:

  • Test strips
  • Granular Chlorine or Bromine Tablets (NEVER USE CHLORINE TABLETS IN A HOT TUB)
  • Filter cleaner
  • Defoamers
  • Non-Chlorine Shock
  • pH up/down
  • White Vinegar

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Shower Before Soaking

Swimmers can bring dirt, oil and other contaminants in on their body and swimsuit when they enter the spa. Even cleaning products such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, and laundry detergent can enter the spa on a person, which can interfere with the clarity of the water. To help keep your spa water as clean as possible, encourage your family members and guests to shower or rinse off before they enter the water.

Use a Tennis Ball

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. When you place a regular tennis ball in the water, the fibers attract dirt and oil, then trap it in. While it won’t remove all of the oil and dirt from your spa, it can most certainly help to keep the contaminants under control.

Keep White Vinegar Handy

The night before you drain your tub, remove your filters and pour a gallon of white vinegar directly in the water. Turn all of the jet pumps on, open your waterfall and repeat a few times before you go to bed. This will help flush all of the plumbing lines and will remove any residue that might be building up on the acrylic. You can drain the water where you normally do as the vinegar will not affect anything. Use a soft cloth with water and vinegar and wipe down all of the acrylic, jet faces and other fittings. Your tub will look brand new!

Imagine Backyard Living

Keeping your hot tub or swim spa water clean is easy with help from the experts. For more information about swim spa and hot tub accessories, supplies and water care products, visit our blog or contact our team at Imagine Backyard Living today.

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