Hot tub pillows make hot tub soaks cozy and more comfortable, but sometimes they don’t smell so great.
Because your hot tub is a hot and steamy environment, your pillows are primed and ready for mildew. You’ll first notice it by a musty smell, and then you’ll notice the mildew.
It’s not hard to treat it, but you do need to be diligent and use a little elbow grease to make it disappear.
Here’s how to get rid of mildew on hot tub pillows.
What Is Mildew?
Before we get into the tips, let’s define mildew.
According to Wikipedia, “mildew is a form of fungus. It is distinguished from its closely related counterpart, mold, largely by its color: molds appear in shades of black, blue, red, and green, whereas mildew is white.”
The most distinguishable characteristic of mildew is the smell. Mildew grows on most any surface that’s damp and moist, including your hot tub pillow.
How to Get Rid of Mildew
You’ll need some rubber gloves, mild dish soap, bleach, several gallons of water, a soft brush or sponge, toothbrush, soft cloth and protective goggles. Always wear gloves and goggles for safety.
- Get your cleaning solution ready by mixing some detergent in your water with a small amount of bleach. Mix it up.
- Using your hot tub manual, follow the instructions for removing the pillows. Set them in your cleaning area.
- Clean the area on your hot tub where the pillows were. You’ll find there’s probably mildew there, too. Use a soft brush or sponge and cleaning solution to gently wipe the surface.
- Clean your covers. Use the same solution to gently clean the covers. If there are hard to reach areas, you can use a toothbrush.
- Attend to the foam encasement and use the same solution to clean them. These are important because they protect and seal your hot tub. You don’t want mildew to enter your hot tub water.
- Dry the pillows completely. The sun is a great helper when it comes to killing mold, mildew, and left over bacteria.
- Do a check of your pillows and hot tub. If you don’t see, or smell, any mildew, you can put the pillows back on
A little elbow grease, and your pillow smells great, and it’s mildew-free. Depending on your weather, you may need to do this regularly to keep your pillows in great shape.
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