Hot tubs have become quite popular in recent years due to their benefits, such as relaxation and relief from stress and muscle ache. However, with regular use, cleaning and maintenance become important to ensure it remains hygienic and functioning optimally. Many people assume draining is the only way to clean their hot tub, which can be an inconvenience and unnecessary. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to clean your hot tub without draining it in Cumbria.
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It's important to first understand the different parts of a hot tub, so you can effectively clean each component. The main parts of a hot tub are:
The hot tub surface is where all the dirt, stains, and oils accumulate, and it's usually made of acrylic. It's recommended to clean it at least every three months, but the frequency depends on how regularly you use the hot tub.
Steps allow you to enter and exit the hot tub with ease. They are an essential part of the hot tub and need to be cleaned regularly to prevent slips and falls.
Inside pipes carry water around the hot tub, and it's vital to keep them clean to maintain the hot tub's functionality. Biofilm, which is a combination of bacteria and other microorganisms, can accumulate inside the pipes and create blockages.
Inner hot tub parts such as filters, jets, and pumps play a crucial role in the hot tub's operation. Cleaning them regularly ensures that they function effectively and prolong their lifespan.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of cleaning the hot tub, you will need some handy tools to make the process more comfortable and efficient.
Spa Vacuum - A spa vacuum is specifically designed to clean hot tubs and provides thorough suction of debris.
Sandpaper/Emery Cloth - Sandpaper/Emery cloth is ideal for removing stains and mineral buildup on hot tub surfaces.
Vinegar - Vinegar is an inexpensive and natural cleaning solution that can help keep your hot tub clean and odor-free.
Surface Cleaner - A surface cleaner is formulated to remove dirt, grime, and oils from a hot tub's surface.
Silly Putty - Silly putty is excellent for small crevices and hard-to-reach areas, where other cleaning tools can't reach.
Now that you have the necessary tools let's walk through the steps required to clean a hot tub without draining it.
The first step is to remove any debris like leaves, twigs, or dirt from the hot tub. A spa vacuum is ideal for this task as it sucks up any debris quickly and easily.
After removing debris, the next step is to clean the hot tub's surface using a surface cleaner or vinegar. A surface cleaner is ideal for removing oily residue and other grime. If using vinegar, mix one part vinegar and four parts water and apply to the surface using a sponge. It's essential to rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning to eliminate any remaining vinegar.
Use a sponge and surface cleaner or vinegar to clean the steps, then rinse them thoroughly.
Next, turn on the hot tub pumps to circulate water around the inner parts, then turn off the pumps and add a biofilm cleaner. Biofilm cleaners are formulated to remove biofilms from the hot tub's inner pipes, and they come in various forms, including tablets, granules, and liquids. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the bottle for the right amount to use.
Use silly putty to clean any small areas, like the hot tub's jets and hard-to-reach places. You can roll up small balls of silly putty and press them in hard-to-reach areas to remove dirt and grime.
After completing the steps above, rinse the hot tub thoroughly with clean water, and turn on the pumps to circulate the water around the inner parts again. Repeat the process as necessary to ensure that the hot tub is entirely clean.
Cleaning your hot tub without draining it is possible, and it's essential to keep your hot tub hygienic and functioning optimally. By following the steps outlined above, you can maintain your hot tub easily and efficiently. If you encounter any problems with your hot tub or drains, contact Drainage Cumbria at 01228 734162 for prompt service.