We all know how great hot tubs can be for entertaining friends and family. However, ensuring that it is kept clean can be slightly tricky, especially if you don't want to use potentially harmful chemicals. There are some easy, natural ways to clean your hot tub or bath tub that are cheap and easy to use.
Care and Maintenance of Your Hot Tub
A hot tub must be properly maintained to keep its users healthy. As such you should keep a constant watch on the chemical levels in the hot tub. This can be done by purchasing a test kit from a pool store or your local Walmart. These testers will allow you to maintain the proper level of chlorine and other hot tub chemicals to keep the hot tub from getting algae and other bacteria. Proper maintenance will make the hot tub easier to clean.
Below is a step by step guide on how to easily clean a hot tub using a tried and tested method:
Drain the hot tub completely. The only way to properly clean the unit is to do so when it is dry.
Get a clean spray bottle. Once the bottle has been washed and rinsed out, pour a solution of 1/2 liter of white vinegar and 1/2 liter of water into the spray bottle. This will clean the tub without putting those who bathe in it in danger. Spray the solution liberally over the hot tub and wait for a few minutes. The acid solution will dissolve any hard water stains and limescale that have built up over time. If required, spray more solution and wait for a few more minutes.
Spray more solution if the stains are stubborn. If required, spray more solution and wait for a few more minutes.
Use baking soda and vinegar. If extra cleaning is required, make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda. Scrub gently with a soft brush or sponge. It's a good idea not to use an abrasive cleaner like scouring pads, powders, or steel wool as this will scratch the surface of the hot tub.
Simply wipe away the solution. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue from the bath tub to reveal a "good-as-new" look ready for another use!
You now need to clean the filter. Before removing the filter ensure that the unit is turned off to avoid serious injury. Remove the filter and rinse with warm water or the water and vinegar mixture that you made earlier. If the stains are very stubborn there are chemicals you can use to remove the spots. They can be purchased at your local pool store. These mixtures will not harm the filter.
Clean the siding. The majority of hot tubs are covered by wood. This wood should be coated in a waterproof sealer that will prolong the life of the hot tub. Another step that can be taken is to clean the sides with a wood polish. This will keep dust and dirt off the tub as well as make it look great!
Don't forget the cover. This is one of the most important steps in the process. The dirt and film on the hot tub cover can fall into the hot tub that you just spent time cleaning. Therefore, you should spray the cover with the vinegar and water solution and wipe clean. For more stubborn stains and dirt, allow the solution to soak for a few moments before wiping.
Most hot tubs these days are made of fiberglass and are able to be cleaned with mild acids. However, if the hot tub is made of porcelain, which is a glass surface fused to a metal base, it is advisable not to use acid cleaners on this type of enamel. Porcelain enamel is acid resistant but not acid proof, which means the glass coating can be gradually dissolved by acids to expose the metal underneath and cause a lot of damage.
When scrubbing the stains be careful to rub gently, as once the porcelain surface has been scratched it easily picks up any grease, dirt or soap residue. Then harsh abrasives really are necessary to remove debris that has become ingrained within the surface!