How to Clean a Hot Tub

When was the last time you cleaned your hot tub? Did you know that you are supposed to clean your spa on a regular basis? A clean hot tub is more functional and enjoyable. However, like most electronics, there is a right and a wrong way to clean your hot tub. 

In this article, we will give you a step-by-step guide through the process of properly cleaning your hot tub. We will cover everything from removing the filters to scrubbing the jets and every other area. So whether your hot tub is brand new or has been sitting in your backyard for years, follow these steps, and it will look, feel, and smell like new in no time!

Do you want clean hot tub water?

You should first clean the hot tub itself! A hot tub is a perfect way to relax after a long day. Over time, it can get dirty and require good-quality cleaning. As hot tub experts, we have meticulously written this step-by-step guide to help you through the cleaning process, so you can return to enjoying your relaxation time ASAP.

If you need professional guidance or need to repair your hot tub, you should immediately contact Action Spa Repair. Don’t manage your hot tub in half functionality! We’ll have it looking and running like new in no time.

Contact Action Spa today for a free consultation!

Action Spa Repair: Hot Tub Cleaning 

There is no better way to unwind than with a bubbling soak in a functional and clean hot tub. Even though cleaning a hot tub may seem demanding, you can do the task effectively and with the least fuss by following these straightforward steps.

Here are some fast tips for cleaning a hot tub and preventing the growth of germs, mold, algae, and mildew in its components:    

The tools you will need are:

  • Lawn hose
  • Corded extension, grounded (for shop vacuum)
  • Cleaning rags made of microfiber (or another non-abrasive material)
  • Shop vacuum
  • 5-gallon bucket

The materials you will need are:

  • A cleanser for hot tub filters
  • Cleaner for hot tub surfaces
  • A chemical test kit for spas

6 Step-by-Step Guide to Make Your Hot Tub Cleaner

Step 1: Drain Your Hot Tub

To drain your hot tub, follow the steps below:

  • Either at the circuit breaker, main service panel, and/or the shutoff switch next to the drain valve, turn off the power supply before draining your hot tub.
  • Place one end of a garden hose where you want the water to drain, then connect the other end to the drain connector. The draining water shouldn’t hurt your plants or grass if the bromine and chlorine concentrations are below 10 parts per million (ppm) and 5 ppm, respectively. You can check with the respective test strips to confirm.
  • Activate the drain. A sump pump drains a hot tub significantly more quickly than a gravity drain.
  • Use a shop vacuum set to wet mode to remove any remaining water in the tub’s lowest areas when the flow ceases. Remove any remaining water from the jet apertures as well.

CAUTION: Because the chemicals injure delicate plants and aquatic animals, many municipalities ban draining hot tub water into storm sewers. Therefore, be sure to point your drain line in the appropriate direction.

Step 2: Clean Hot Tub Shell

  • The interior of the hot tub should be cleaned with a surface cleaner.
  • Wipe all surfaces with an uncontaminated cleaning rag. Be sure to wipe the control panel, filter case, retainer rings, and spa jets. (Avoid immediately spraying cleaner onto the control panel.)

CAUTION: Some people choose white vinegar over cleaning solution. Don’t. This may violate your warranty and change the pH level of the water once you refill the tub.

Step 3: Clean your Hot Tub Filter

Remember that you are thoroughly cleaning your hot tub, so the filter can not be left aside. Maintaining your hot tub system requires regular cleaning of the hot tub filter.

  • Check the hot tub’s manual for any special instructions.
  • Switch off your hot tub.
  • Remove the filter and inspect it for flaws.
  • Rinse to eliminate any visible accumulation of dirt
  • Soak the filter in a filter-cleaning solution for a few minutes.
  • Thoroughly rinse the filter one final time.

Step 4: Deep Clean Hot Tub Cover

  • Apply hot tub surface cleanser liberally to the cover’s surface on all sides, then wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Pay close attention to places where the cover folds on the underside. As a result of the warm, damp environment and creases, mildew finds it to be highly convenient to thrive.

If you desire to have a customized cover for your hot tub, contact Action Spa Repair to get it done with the best design and quality materials.

Step 5: Refill the Hot Tub with Fresh Water

  • Place the fill hose into the tub and close the drain. (Note: Confirm your manufacturer’s recommendations before proceeding. Some manufacturers demand that the fill hose be placed in the filter housing to prevent hydro locking in the pump.)
  • Turn on the electricity when the water level reaches the jet nozzles.
  • Add the necessary chemicals once the tub water has reached a temperature of at least 70 F.
  • Verify the chemical levels are within range after filling the tub.

Step 6: Clean Hot Tub Plumbing

Dirty plumbing can also have a negative effect on your hot tub. The internal surfaces of the hot tub plumbing can become biofilm-covered with bacteria to create a slime that is resistant to chlorine and bromine sanitizers.

Cleaning the jets at least once a year will help eliminate this development. 

This is how to clean the hot tub plumbing:

  • Again, check the hot tub’s manual to see if there are special directions by the hot tub manufacturer.
  • Add plumbing cleaning to the spa while the jets are running.
  • Give 30 to 60 minutes for the cleaner to circulate.
  • Use a shop vacuum to get rid of the surface-forming brown foam.
  • Repeat the above instructions until the foam turns white.

Now that you have cleaned your hot tub

Get ready to start enjoying a clean and more relaxing time in your hot tub. To keep it in a clean and hygienic state, you should do the following:

  1. You should empty the hot tub the moment you notice that the water is foamy, smelly, and/or cloudy.
  2. Add fresh and clean water each time you empty the old water.
  3. Keep the filters clean.
  4. Use good quality chemicals only.
  5. Have a test kit and strips on hand to monitor the chemical concentration of the water.

Why do people choose Action Spa Repair to maintain their hot tub?

Action Spa Repair is the most reliable hot tub repair and maintenance company that has been servicing the people of San Diego for more than 25 years. We are experts in hot tub Installation, maintenance, and repairs.

Here are some of the reasons why people choose Action Spa Repair:

We have several decades’ worth of experience:

Since 1993, we have serviced every brand of spa and hot tub in San Diego County. Using modern techniques and tools, as well as our extensive experience, we can quickly identify any issue with your hot tub and fix it.

We deliver fast service:

We value your time; therefore, with each of our services, we arrive without delay and rectify any issues with the hot tub without wasting time. We can flawlessly repair your spa on-site, thanks to our fully supplied service vehicles.

Quality parts are available:

Many hot tubs break down after repair from shady companies because they use poor-quality materials. We are one step ahead. For most brands of spas, we have a large quantity of quality parts in our warehouse. This helps us to deliver fast work since there will be no need to start searching for the parts.

Our service comes with assurance:

Action Spa Repair is fully qualified and insured to perform warranty-covered and non-warranty repairs.

Our service is affordable:

We care about you; therefore, all our services are delivered at highly affordable rates.

Our service is accessible from all areas of San Diego:

We have good knowledge of every area of San Diego. So wherever you may be, our service can be accessed.

Benefits of Hot Tub Pump Repair to Hot Tub Owners

  • Prompt and good-quality repairs will keep your hot tub functioning at its best. 
  • If the pump is not working properly, it can cause the water in the hot tub to become dirty and stagnant; good repairs are one way to keep your hot tub clean.
  • A broken pump can also cause leaks in the hot tub, leading to water damage and mold growth.
  • Hot tub pumps are expensive, so choosing a reputable company that offers a warranty on their work is important. This is what you get when you contact Action Spa Repair.

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Clean a Hot Tub

Q: Can I clean the hot tub with dirty water?

A: No, you should always use fresh water to clean a hot tub.

Q: What are the appropriate bromine levels and water chemistry?

A: Bromine levels should be between 3 and 5 ppm (parts per million). Water chemistry should be tested weekly and balanced as needed.

Q: What is the use of a utility sink?

A: A utility sink is used to fill the hot tub with fresh water.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to clean a hot tub, it’s time to take action. Do it to start enjoying a refreshing time, unwinding in your spa. Following our step-by-step guide, you will have a clean hot tub that you can enjoy all year long. If your spa needs repairs, contact Action Spa Repair. Our experienced technicians will come to your home and have your spa running like new in no time. Contact us today for a free quote!

Some of the services we offer at Action Spa Repair include leak repairs, heater repairs, pump repairs, jet replacement, system upgrades, and custom covers.

Remember to consult with action Spa Repair if you have any questions or need help. We will be happy to help.