Hot tubs can last 30+ years if properly maintained. For almost two decades we’ve helped hot tub users across the globe find parts and fix hot tubs they weren’t sure could be revived. We know what it takes to keep your hot tub running and looking great. Here are the 4 things you must do to prepare your hot tub for fall:
1. Drain & Refill
Your hot tub water should be changed once every 3-4 months. After using it all summer long, you should drain and refill it with fresh water. Proper water care is essential for the life of your hot tub (and the health of the people using it).
If your water source is high in mineral content, the use of a PreFresh Filter will greatly reduce potential scale buildup on your heater and spa shell, and will make balancing the water much easier.
2. Clean Your Filter
A dirty, clogged, or worn out filter can cause damage to your spa pump and cause cloudy or foamy water. During each water change and about once per month, remove your filter and give it a thorough cleaning. Replace filters that have been in use for more than 1 year (6 months if heavy bather load).
Clean your filter with a non-foaming filter cleaner, such as Power Soak.
Replace your filter with a quality brand pleated filter, such as Clarathon Filter Cartridges.
3. Protect Your Spa Cover
Your spa cover needs periodic maintenance to keep it looking its best. Cleaning and treating the cover with protectant can add years to its life and save you a bundle of money.
Clean your cover with a non-abrasive vinyl cleaner, such as CleanAll Spray.
Protect your cover with 303 Protectant (the only protectant recommended for vinyl spa covers).
Before the rainy weather starts, it is also very important to inspect your cover for any tears or holes. Patch these immediately to prevent your cover from becoming waterlogged. Read more about patching your hot tub cover.
4. Spa Cabinet Care
Spa cabinets are the most commonly neglected part of a hot tub, and yet have the most impact on appearance. Keep your spa cabinet looking beautiful by cleaning it every 3-4 months and treating it with the proper method.
Wood Hot Tub Cabinets
Wood hot tub cabinets require annual linseed oil/staining treatment. Read more about Wooden Hot Tub Cabinet Maintenance. If your wooden hot tub cabinet is beyond the point of refinishing, you can preserve it by painting. Read more about Painting Your Hot Tub Cabinet.
Composite Spa Cabinets
Composite spa cabinets can be cleaned and protected with the same method that you use to care for your spa cover. It is important to always use a non-abrasive cleaner and an oil-free protectant to preserve the original condition of your hot tub.
These are the 4 simple steps to keep your hot tub looking and functioning like new!
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