How to Clean a Home Spa


A home spa or hot tub is a godsend to many families and couples who want to relax and have fun while enjoying health benefits. While these spas are fun to use, cleaning them can become a chore if you let the task go too long or use the wrong cleaning products. It's easy to keep your spa shining and germ-free with routine maintenance.

Things You'll Need

  • Sanitizer
  • Spray cleaner
  • Spa vac
  • pH testing strips
  • Use a spa sanitizer to control bacteria in the spa's water. Check the owner's instructions for your hot tub to find out what type of sanitizer you should use. Ozone and chlorine are popular choices.

  • Buy pH testing strips to test for calcium in your spa's water. Water should be tested every week and refilled every 3 to 6 months in your home spa.

  • Balance the home spa water's pH with chemicals if you get an unsatisfactory reading. Water should measure between 7 and 8 pH for optimum freshness.

  • Choose from a variety of spa cleaning products, including nontoxic seaweed based formula and all-purpose spray cleaners for the spa shell. A spa-vac can rid the hot tub of pennies, sand and other debris between spa refilling. Consult your dealer or manual for product recommendations.

  • Plan weekly and monthly maintenance sessions for your spa. This will cut down on the formation of nasty bacteria and protect the spa shell from premature corrosion.

  • Run your home spa every day for at least an hour, even if you do not plan on using it. This will keep the water filtered and clean.

  • Clean the filter with a high-pressure hose. Many people clean their filters at a self-service car wash.

Tips & Warnings

  • Filters should be replaced every year or two, sooner if there is damage or if you use the spa frequently.
  • Do not use soaps, oils or shampoos in the spa as this will clog the filter and cause water balance problems.

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