How to Clean a Hot Tub

What You'll Need
Appropriate chemicals for your hot tub
Cartrige cleaner
Sample sticks
Non-Chlorine Shock

Nothing like the soothing, relaxing bath in a hot tub, but cleaning it can be quite a chore. However, it is something that is unavoidable if you want your hot tub to perform to the optimal level. Follow the steps below to clean your hot tub and make it function like new.

Step 1: Maintaining the Appropriate Chemical Levels

The most crucial step in keeping a hot tub clean is by the maintenance of the proper levels of chemicals and regularly checking them. You will have a tougher time cleaning the hot tub if the levels get out of hand. You can check the levels by investing in a water sampler, which can be purchased easily at any pool store.

Step 2: Hot Tub Grime and Scum

Grime and “scum” that stick to the walls of a hot tub are basically foreign objects and hard water elements. Depending on the type of matter that is stuck to the walls, you may need a few different types of chemicals to pry them off. You can take a sample of the grime to a pool store and the attendant there will advise you on what to purchase to clean it off.

Step 3: Cleaning Agents

Once you have diagnosed the grime and purchased the appropriate chemical for its removal, you can begin the cleaning process. You will need to first drain the tub. Then, once the tub is totally empty of water, you will need to use a scrubber to apply the chemical. Make sure you use one that is not too abrasive, since it may damage the fiberglass. If you are not certain about the abrasiveness of the scrubber, test it on a small surface and look for marks. If it leaves any, replace it with another.

Another great yet simple ingredient to clean hot tub interiors is a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, that can be applied with a sponge or a soft brush. Vinegar added in water is also a useful solution to clean stubborn stains when you need to do an emergency cleaning job.

Step 4: Rinsing the Chemicals Off

Before refilling the hot tub with water, make sure you rinse the chemical off completely. Then keep a clean filter in the hot tub. Maintaining a healthy hot tub depends heavily on keeping a clean filter. Before using one, however, take extreme caution in keeping it off for it is liable to cause injury.

Step 5: Cleaning the Exterior of the Hot Tub

Finally, move on to the exterior of the tub. Most hot tub exteriors are made of wood, and once a year you can apply wax and a wood sealant to it.

This process should be repeated depending on how much you use the hot tub, and the level of grime in it. A good idea would be to clean it once a month in the case of frequent use, and less if it is used infrequently.