Hot tubs are wonderful ways to relax with your loved ones. The last thing you want to think about is how your hot tub can become a giant, swirling pool of germs. But the truth is a whole host of nasty germs can thrive in hot tubs, including skin infections (hot tub rash), giardia, legionella and even dangerous staph infections. The good news is that by following a few steps on a regular basis, you can easily keep your hot tub sanitary and safe for your entire family to enjoy.
Flush the Filter: One of the main reasons hot tubs malfunction is because the filter is not properly maintained. Sediments can build up in the filter over time, so make sure to give it a thorough cleaning on a periodic basis, and definitely if the hot tub has not been used in some time. The filter needs to be removed, cleared of any debris and then soaked in a germ-killing solution, ideally bleach.
Prime the Plumbing: In order to ensure your hot tub is working at optimum power, the tub’s air and water lines need to be kept clean. Follow your hot tub’s manufacturer’s guidelines for this procedure. It usually involves using chlorine and a specific type of hot tub cleaner to flush away any buildup in your hot tub’s plumbing. This is added to the current water in the hot tub, and flushed out after the procedure.
A Tidy Tub: After cleaning the filter and the hot tub’s water supply, make sure to polish up the acrylic housing of the hot tub. Because this is where people sit while in the hot tub, skin, hair and oil can build up quickly. Don’t use harsh chemical cleansers on this material and avoid using abrasive brushes that could potentially scratch the tub.
Refilling the Hot Tub: Add fresh water to your sparkling clean hot tub. Then add the appropriate amount of chlorine for the size of your hot tub. Invest in some chlorine test strips so you can be positive that your hot tub is germ free. Consider adding a shock oxidizer to the water that will help keep your hot tub water clear and sanitary.
Don’t Forget the Cover: It’s not just the water in the hot tub that can carry germs. The cover needs to be cleaned with a germ-killing solution about once a month. Make sure the solution fully dries before placing the cover back on. Ideally, let the hot tub cover dry off in the sun, which offers more germ-killing properties. If your hot tub is located in an area exposed to the elements, consider treating your hot tub cover with a protective coating.
The hot tub beckons with its soothing jets of warm water. Don’t let your hot tub become a breeding ground for illness-causing germs that could turn your family fun time into a nightmare. Instead, take a few simple steps on a regular basis to keep your hot tub clean. The time and money needed to maintain a safe and sanitary hot tub is minimal and proper maintenance will extend the life of your hot tub for years of family enjoyment.
Jenny Willis is a professional blogger that enjoys providing consumers with health and fitness advice. She writes for Royal Swimming Pools, a leading manufacturer of swimming pool kits.