How To Clean Hot Tub In 5 Easy Steps

Nothing beats a nice relaxing bubble soak in a hot tub with your partner or even alone. This has to be the ultimate relaxation you would crave for after a long day at work. However, as much as hot tubs provide all that relaxation, they need to be regularly cleaned for maintenance. Often, hot tub owners will skip the regular maintenance and the system gets compromised which can lead to doing expensive deep cleaning. As a hot tub owner, you should know how to efficiently clean your hot tub. These cleanings include; cleaning the cover, cleaning the filter, cleaning the shell, treating the water to ensure the chemical levels are perfect, changing the water and decontamination. If you want your hot tub to serve you for many years, then it’s important that you clean as regularly as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

You can buy hot tub cleaning products at pool stores and home repair stores. Still you can find these products online. If you are looking for information on how to clean hot tub, then you are at the right place. It’s not as much work as you think and it will keep your hot tub safer and cleaner.


What you will need

• Hot tub cleaner
• Towels
• Line flush product
• Hot tub cleaning product


To clean your hot tub successfully, it should be empty. But there’s one important step that requires water in your hot tub. Since with time, the plumbing units of your tub will accumulate buildup, it’s important to apply a product that will flush the lines. This product is often available under the name “line flushes” and can be bought from your local pool supply store or online. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and then apply the line flush. Give it time and after the recommended time elapses, drain the hot tub as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You will be surprised at the amount of build up that comes out. To reduce accumulation, always add line flush regularly.


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With an empty hot tub, apply a hot tub cleaning product on the interior surfaces. You can use some household cleaners such as soft scrub or Windex as alternatives. However, to be safe consult with your hot tub manufacturer whether it’s okay to use an all purpose cleaner. After applying the cleaning product and giving it some time to soak, wipe it off with a towel. This helps to eliminate foaming in your water later.


Remove the hot tub filters. Since they are designed to get rid of grime and grit from the water, these filters get debris so fast. If your filters are new, you can just spray them with water from a garden hose to rinse them off. If you have not changed the filters for more than a year, then it may be time to change them.


Refill your hot tub with clean water. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions on refilling your hot tub so that you do not ruin it. When it’s finally filled, turn it on and add the required chemicals. Cover it and give it time to balance for about 12 hours before using it.


After the 12 hours have elapsed, go back to the hot tub and test its chlorine level. The ideal levels should be between 1ppm and 3 ppm of free chlorine. The pH should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Add chemicals as needed to adjust.

How To Clean The Hot Tub Cover

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The hot tub cover is an important tool that helps in preventing hot tub contamination problems. A hot tub cover insulates the hot tub thus helping in maintaining water temperature which reduces energy costs. The hot tub cover also helps in preventing or reducing water loss that occurs due to evaporation. In addition, hot tub covers prevent small animals, leaves dust and bugs from getting into the hot tub when it’s not being used. A clean, proper fitting hot tub cover is vital for your hot tub health.

Cleaning the Outside

Cleaning your hot tub cover is a straight forward process. The outside of the hot tub cover should be well cleaned with a good quality vinyl fabric cleaner. Use just a little amount of cleaner to avoid saturating the cover with too much of the cleaning solution as this is just a waste. Vigorously scrub the hot tub cover with a towel and then use a garden hose to thoroughly rinse off the cleaning solution from the hot tub cover. Next, use a vinyl conditioner to condition and prolong the life of the vinyl. To protect the hot tub cover from too much exposure to the sun and other elements, apply a vinyl protector. In areas that are hotter, a vinyl protector comes in handy.

Cleaning the Inside

You should never use vinyl cleaners and protectors on the inside of the vinyl cover as this is usually a problem for the hot tubs water chemistry. Often, just rinsing the covers inside with a garden hose should be enough. If you need more thorough cleaning, then you can use a week chlorine bleach solution by spraying and leaving it to sit for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, thoroughly rinse the hot tub cover with a garden hose and allow it to dry under the sun. Still, chlorine free bleach can be used, chlorine bleach is much better in killing mold and it’s commonly used in hot tub water treatment chemicals.

So that’s all about hot tub cleaning. Cleaning your hot tub is simple and easy. Something you can do on your own without the need to hire any professional services.

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