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Spring Into A Spa! Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Hot Tub

From relieving anxiety and stress to decreasing pain, it is easy to see the benefits of hydrotherapy. If you are dealing with various medical conditions or enjoy relaxing in a soothing spa, investing in a hot tub from a spot like http://www.anchorpools.com is a smart choice. Of course, protecting your investment with proper cleaning and maintenance is key to its lifespan and function. With spring approaching, it is a great time to clean and update your outdoor spa. Using this guide, you can spring into your hot tub this spring.

Drain

Although possible, many people do not use their outdoor spa during the winter. A cover protects the interior tub from weathering and outdoor debris, but dirt and moisture may still cumulate inside the spa or water lines. Before using in the upcoming spring season, you will need to drain your hot tub.

Turn the water heater off before draining.  Remove any filters and store in a covered area. To drain the spa, connect one end of your garden hose to one jet inside the tub. Turn the jets on and allow the forceful water to move through the hose. This siphoning motion will efficiently pull the water out of the spa.

After removing all of the water, shut off the electricity to the spa.

Filter

The filter is an imperative component of a clean, sanitized spa. Filters trap dirt, leaves, mulch, debris, and bacteria from flowing into the spa's water, so cleaning and replacement is necessary for ensuring the water is clean and safe.

To clean your filter, fill a bucket with 3 gallons of warm water. Add 3 cups of borax to the water and mix to dissolve. Place the filter into the bucket and let it soak for a few hours. Rinse with your garden hose before reinstalling.

It is important to note that changing your filter each year is smart. If you choose to clean this spring, be sure to replace the filter later in the year.

Interior

Consider cleaning the interior of your spa while your filter is soaking. Certain specialty cleansers may be effective, but they contain chemicals that are too harsh on the environment. In addition, without proper rinsing of the interior, these same chemicals may affect your skin while soaking in the spa.

To clean the interior of your hot tub in a safe, gentle manner, consider the following household ingredients:

Baking Soda

Commonly used for baking, baking soda is a great option to have in your arsenal of natural cleaners. While a gentle ingredient that is safe for the environment and your health, its strong carbonation effectively dissolves away dirt and residue.

In a spray bottle, combine 3 cups of water with ½ cup of baking soda. Shake to mix and then douse the spa's tub, drain, and jets. Use a sponge to scrub stubborn areas before rinsing out with your garden hose. Be sure the drain is open to ensure the water freely flows out of the tub.

Vinegar

Even while covered and not in use,  moisture may be present in and around your spa. This moisture may not seem like an issue, but it can become a popular breeding ground for mold and algae. Considering there are 100,000 types of mold, finding an effective removal can be difficult. Fortunately, vinegar contains antibacterial and antiviral properties that will clean and sanitize your hot tub.

In a spray bottle, combine the following:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of white vinegar

Wearing rubber gloves and safety goggles, spray the tub, drain opening, and jets. Allow the vinegar solution to soak for 30 minutes. Use a sponge to scrub hard patches of mold or algae. Rinse with your garden hose.

Hydrotherapy is easy to achieve with warmer spring weather. Using this guide on cleaning and maintenance, you can spring into your hot tub and enjoy rest and relaxation. 


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