Using Our Hot Tub Cleaner to Clean Your Hot Tub
Hot tubs and pools must be very enjoyable to use, or there’s no way that so many owners around the country would put in the time, effort and money required to keep them pristine and clean. A simple search online can yield up a ton of material on how to care for your hot tub. That is, you can easily read volumes on whether you should use bromine or chlorine in your hot tub, how and when to shock it, whether or not you should use oxidizer, and much more.
Although it is a chore keeping a hot tub or a pool clean and clear, the enjoyment you will probably get from it - and your guests, if you host pool parties - just can’t be equalled. At the same time, there’s a lot of information out there, so if you need more information on a process, you can definitely find it.
Among your responsibilities as a hot tub owner is your responsibility to clean it thoroughly from time to time. The number of times per season or per year that you will have to give it a thorough cleaning will vary, because it will depend on your climate, who uses your hot tub and how often. Generally speaking, you should give your hot tub a deep clean when you empty it at the end of the season and before you open it up again the following year.
If you keep your hot tub filled all year, then you should drain it periodically to give it a deep cleaning from time to time. Again, this will vary according to the conditions surrounding your use and sanitation of the hot tub, but it should still be performed periodically. Unfortunately, shocking and sanitation alone cannot keep your spa water clean forever, and a deeper cleaning is necessary.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the ways you can use some of the specialized hot tub cleaner that you will find here on our website. Consult this guide, and if you have more in-depth questions regarding any of these processes, reach out to our team.
Draining Your Hot Tub
In order to provide a thorough cleaning of your hot tub shell and hot tub filter, you’ll want to drain your hot tub as a part of your deep cleaning process. As stated previously in this article, you can’t lean on sanitation and shocking alone. A hot tub must be routinely shocked and sanitized in order to keep it safe for use, but this alone will not prevent the accumulation of dirt and oil, let alone the potential formation of biofilm.
When you use your spa, you are exposing the water to an onslaught of different contaminants and chemicals that build up in the water over time. Consider this: even if you are entirely fastidious about shocking and sanitation and keep the water from filling up with bacteria, over time, body oils and other dirt that wash into the water will accumulate.
The first thing that draining the water will do is give these contaminants an outlet. Even if all you do is drain the hot tub, refill it and shock it, you’re going to be removing a lot of those unpleasant contaminants. However, as you will see, there is a lot more you can do to clean your spa than simply draining it and refilling it with clean water.
There are two main ways that people choose to drain their spa water. You can use a pump or you can let the hot tub drain on its own under the power of gravity. Either method is completely fine, and all it really depends on is your preference.
Just make sure you are in compliance with any local ordinances about water disposal to ensure that you don’t break any laws. Some people use their own water to feed their lawns, which may be a viable solution for you, depending on where you live and the set up of your home.
Once you drain your hot tub’s water, you can get to work actually using some of the hot tub cleaner that you can find on our website. Here’s what we offer and how you can put it to good use.
Clean Your Filters
One of the most critical aspects of cleaning a hot tub is cleaning or replacing the filter, which can be accomplished with some of the filter cleaners we offer here at hot tub club. We’ll tell you how to use them and what they offer, but first, here’s a note on hot tub filters.
Do not forget the filter! It is one of the most important aspects of your hot tub insomuch as it circulates the water in the hot tub and allows the sanitizer, shock and other chemicals to do their jobs. If you drain your hot tub and clean the shell without remembering the filter, you have only done half a job.
Once your hot tub has drained, remove the filter and inspect it. If it is too dirty to clean and restore to a like-new condition, it’s time to replace it. Make note of this; you might need to clean your hot tub more frequently in the future. If it can be cleaned, you can use some of the following cleaning products to bring it back up to speed.
BioGuard Kleen ItⓇ Filter Cleaner - Soak or Spray
The great thing about this hot tub cleaner is that you can use it either as a spray or soak the filter in it to really strip away dirt and oil. This is a harsh chemical, but not in a bad way - it has a very low pH and is particularly effective at removing dirt, oil, grease and even metals and scale from your hot tub filter. This filter cleaner is also excellent because it does not leave any residue behind that could impact the chemical balance in your water.
It can either be sprayed onto the hot tub filter or used for soaking for an extra deep clean. If your hot tub filter is particularly dirty, then you might need to soak it - you should follow the recommendations on the label, but for a quick reference, you can fill a 5 gallon bucket with warm water, add one bottle of this filter (which is 32 ounces) and soak your cartridge or D.E. filter in it overnight. When you drain the water, your filter should be (and look) much cleaner. Rinse it off and you should be ready to put it back to work.
BioGuard Strip-KwikⓇ Degreasing Filter Cleaner
Unlike the previous filter cleaner, this one has a very high pH and is specifically designed to remove grease and oil from filters. So it can be used as a supplement to the above cleaner or specifically reserved for times when you notice your filter lagging due to a suspected buildup of grease. Remember, every time bathers jump into the hot tub, they bring with them oils from their skin and hair, cosmetics, and even suntan lotion. There’s no surprise in the following statement - all of these things are oil, and all of them will compromise the efficacy of your hot tub filter.
This filter cleaner can also be used as a spray cleaner, although a spray bottle is not included. However, it is probably more effective when you soak your filter in it. Create a solution of 1 part of this product to 3 parts water and soak your filter in it, and when you take it out it will be much cleaner. This is only a short insight, however - for specific instructions, consult the information on the product packaging.
Clean Your Hot Tub Shell
Cleaning your hot tub filter is one of the most critical aspects of cleaning your hot tub, but getting to the hot tub shell is also extremely important. While sanitizer and shock do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping a hot tub clean, if you allow biofilm to develop, you’re going to need to use some heavy duty cleaners and probably some manual labor to get rid of it.
To effectively clean your hot tub shell, you will need the help of some hot tub cleaner and a brush, sponge or cloth. This is where the real work comes in.
BioGuard Off The WallⓇ Surface Cleaner
Our BioGuard Off The WallⓇ Surface Cleaner is designed specifically for the cleaning of hot tub shells. Like the spray cleaner we mentioned previously, this cleaner has a very low pH and is extremely effective at removing, scale, dirt and grease from your hot tub shell.
Not only is this cleaner tough on grease and dirt, but it is also compatible with all sanitation systems, it is not abrasive, and it will not harm your shell or liner, whether it is made from vinyl, acrylic, or paint. Simply apply it to the walls of your shell and watch the dirt melt away.
When your hot tub is empty and you apply cleaner to the shell, it’s a good idea to get in there and manually remove any stains, dirt or biofilm that is particularly stubborn. Use a cloth, a cleaning brush or a sponge to wipe away any stains or film that has accumulated there. If you don’t get rid of the film before you refill the hot tub, it will just pick up where it left off. After you remove any dirt, scale or film, it’s important to rinse the shell down thoroughly.
Clean Your Hot Tub Cover
Finally, before you refill the hot tub and add chemicals to the water, you can clean the hot tub cover. You can clean your hot tub cover any time, but when you’re giving the rest of the hot tub a deep clean and you’re in cleaning mode, you might as well go for it. Plus, we offer cleaners designed for the cover here at Hot Tub Club.
BioGuard Stow-AwayⓇ Cover Cleaner and Storage Solution
This amazing hot tub and pool cover cleaner is a miraculous formula that allows them to be cleaned and then stored wet without waiting for them to dry. It’s also pH neutral to prevent it from messing up your balance if it comes in contact with the water.
In accordance with the label instructions, simply apply this special cleaner to your hot tub or pool cover, brush the cover to remove any dirt or grime, and store your cover. This cleaner inhibits the growth of mildew and will protect your covers even if you store when without waiting for them to dry. It also offers the benefit of preventing covers from sticking to each other when you store them together. Keeping your hot tub cover clean will extend its lifespan as well, and not just its appearance.
Fill It Back Up
Once you have cleaned your hot tub with some of these hot tub cleaner, you can get ready to fill the hot tub back up. Ensure that power to the hot tub is still off, close the drains and start filling up the basin with your garden hose. It will take a while, and some might suggest you get a filter for your hose to prevent too many impurities from getting into the new water. Whatever the case, once your hot tub has been refilled, you can get back to adding shock and sanitizer and balancing the other chemicals that you use in your system.
We understand that this guide is brief and that you may have some questions about the processes that we suggested here, so if you are confused about anything or would like more specific directions, don’t be shy about reaching out to our customer service team. You can reach us whenever you need us at 866-546-8882. We’ve seen a little bit of everything when it comes to pools and hot tubs and we’d be glad to make it a little easier for you.