How to Protect a Hot Tub Cover

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Hot tub covers protect the water in your whirlpool and help it maintain its temperature. Because thee covers are continually exposed to water, chemicals, sunlight and weather extremes, they can deteriorate over time. If you take steps to protect your hot tub cover, you can help it last longer.

  • Purchase a hot tub cover that has already been treated to protect it from mold and mildew growth and the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays. Even though you will have to reapply protectant regularly, it helps to start with a cover that has already received a protective coating.

  • Clean your hot tub cover twice a month with a mixture of soap and warm water. This helps remove any chemical residue that might be building up on the outer liner of the cover. If let unwashed, this residue can damage the liner.

  • Apply a product that protects your hot tub cover from UV rays four to five times per year. Choose a protectant that does not contain alcohol, silicone or petroleum, as those ingredients can damage the cover's vinyl.

  • When adding chemicals to the hot tub, leave the cover open for at least half an hour to allow any gasses to clear away. Trapped gasses from chemicals such as bromine or chlorine, which are often used in hot tubs, can damage the cover over time.

  • Do not use the handles on the cover when opening it. Handles are for decorative purposes, but they are not designed to handle the weight of a hot tub cover on a regular basis. If you keep using them to bear the cover's weight, they will rip or tear away from the cover.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are going to be away for a while or will not be using your hot tub for several weeks, protect the cover with a tarp. Putting something over the cover will prevent it from sun damage when the hot tub is not in regular use.
  • Once water gets past the inner lining of the hot tub cover and into the foam core, replacement of the cover will soon be needed. All of your protection efforts should be aimed at keeping the outer liner in good condition so water cannot get past it. If you notice any punctures, holes or tears developing in the inner lining, patch them with clear packaging tape to extend the life of the cover.

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