Hot tubs and home spas are awesome ways to relax and loosen up after a long hard day lifting heavy objects or slouching in front of a computer screen, and they are even better for intimate evenings with loved ones or weekend gatherings with friends and family. However, nothing puts the brakes on a spa experience like the coarse kiss of grit and sand under one's toes, so learning techniques to filter sand out of your spa is very important.
Clean the Filter
Turn off the power to the spa and remove the filter from its housing. This is usually done with ease, but if you need instructions on how to do it, consult your owner's manual. Take out the largest pieces of dirt, sand, and garbage from the filter with your fingers, then run a brush across the filter to release hair and other fine debris. You can wash the filter even further by spraying it vigorously with water from a garden hose. To kill germs embedded in the filter, soak it in a bucket of hot water with 1/4 cup of bleach. This will also help to remove unsightly stains on the filter.
Once the filter is clean, you might want to add a product such as Swirl-Away to your spa and run the air jets on high for an hour to allow particulates to be collected. Clean the filter again after this process.
Use a Garden Hose
Carefully place a garden hose into your spa, allowing water to fill the hose and expel any air trapped inside the hose. Once the hose is completely full of water, plug one end of the hose with your thumb and gently pull that end out of the spa while allowing the rest of the hose to remain in the spa beneath the water.
Carefully pull the end of the hose to a spot that is lower than the level of the water and on an incline, such as a driveway. Remove your thumb from the end of the hose, which should allow the water held inside the hose to be released and begin sucking water out of the spa. Return to the spa quickly and grab the submerged end of the hose and use the suction created by the flowing water to vacuum the sand from the bottom, sides, and seats of your spa. Remove the hose once you are done.
Use a Spa Vacuum
If the garden hose trick does not provide satisfactory results, purchase a spa vacuum. Any pool or spa store is likely to have a veritable cornucopia of options, since sand in the bottom of your spa is a very common problem. Use the Internet to research your options as well, since online stores such as Amazon and shopping sites like Nextag have a plethora of listings for spa vacuums.
These vacuums, which can be submerged, remove grit, dirt, and sand from the bottom and sides of your spa with powerful suction. Cheap manual options can be had for under $50, and much more powerful vacuums can go for up to $300 or more.
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