Whether you've moved into a new house that already comes with a hot tub or you decide to purchase a used one, you will want to give it a good cleaning before enjoying it. Having a hot tub with dirty water will not only cause skin irritations, but you can also carry the bacteria into your lungs when you breathe in the steam. So, let's go over some tips on how to clean a used hot tub.
What you will need to properly and thoroughly clean your used hot tub.
Vinyl Cover Protector
Wet/Dry Shop Vac
Hot Tub Filter Cartridge Cleaner and Degreaser
Filter Flosser Hose Attachment
A Bathroom Cleaner
First, take the hot tub filters out and examine them for any rips or tears. Replace them if needed. If they just need a cleaning, use the Hot Tub Filter Cartridge Cleaner and Degreaser along with the hose and Filter Flosser cleaning tool.
Next, look over the hot tub cover for any rips or tears and repair as needed. If a hot tub cover is not in good condition, or if it is waterlogged, it should be replaced. If the cover is waterlogged, it is likely to have mold, mildew, and bacteria in it. Using a sponge, along with an all-purpose cleaner, clean the hot tub cover and then hose it off and let dry. A vinyl protector application to prevent fading is also recommended.
Now that the filters are clean, and the cover is cleaned and protected, you can tackle the hot tub. First, you'll need to decontaminate the hot tub and plumbing system. You'll want to super chlorinate the water to at least 100 ppm using dichlor chlorine. You want to dissolve the chlorine in a bucket of water. By dissolving the chlorine, you will prevent the possible damage to your hot tub's acrylic surface from direct contact of the chlorine. Next, raise the water level in the hot tub to about 1 inch above the normal water line. With the hot tub cover closed, circulate the hot tub water at high speed for about 30 minutes with the jets up to maximum. Turn on the air injector switch on and off for 5-minute intervals to help disinfect air lines.
Next is cleaning the hot tub plumbing using an enzymatic cleanser. An enzymatic cleanser will attack the build-up of non-living organic waste contamination, the root cause of most hot tub maintenance problems. Non-living organic contaminants include oils, lotions, cosmetics, hair products, and sweat build-up in hot tub water. These can cause waterline rings, cloudiness, clogged filters, foaming, and unpleasant odors. By purging the hot tub of these non-living organic build-up, the symptoms of contamination will be reduced or eliminated. Now is the time to drain the water.
At this point, you can reinstall the cartridge filter and then refill the hot tub with fresh water. You will then want to check the water chemistry, paying attention to pH and total alkalinity. Use test strips to test your hot tub chemistry. Lastly, you will shock the refilled hot tub. Let the hot tub circulate for 8 to 12 hours with the cover down to prevent chlorine loss due to the sun. If you do not have a hot tub cover, circulate the pool at night. Using test strips, check the free chlorine levels. If you get a residual free chlorine reading, then the process was successful. If no free chlorine is present, repeat the procedure. Now that all that is done, add the sanitizer system of your choice.
The only step left is to jump in, relax, and enjoy your hot tub.
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