Key Tips for Spa Maintenance

Key Tips for Spa Maintenance

Your spa and hot tub require your attention to keep them clean and running properly. Think of your hot tub as a small body of water. Without proper maintenance, the water chemistry can change, and your filters can easily clog, leaving you with water quality issues.

In this article, find key tips for spa maintenance so you can keep your water looking, smelling, and feeling terrific.


The force and velocity of aerated water keep water moving so the filter can remove suspended debris. Circulation also ensures that the chemicals are thoroughly distributed. You’ll find that dead spots are usually not as prevalent in a spa as they are in a pool.


Good filtration is essential due to the dirt, sweat, and oils released in a spa. Cartridge filters are the typical choice, and because of the increase in the amount of filterable debris, you should regularly clean the filter with a garden hose or have it chemically cleaned at refill.


Cleaning a spa involves several aspects of care, including removing obvious debris by skimming or vacuuming and removing body oils that are rinsed off bathers. Also, be sure to wipe surfaces after heavy use.

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Chemical Treatments

Bacteria and algae grow much faster in a spa than in a pool. As a result, you need to follow a regular and complete chemical treatment routine. Spa chemistry includes water balance, sanitizer, and oxidizer applications.


Fewer gallons of water mean changes in water balance happen faster. Add to this the aerated water, increased water temperature, and heavier bather loads, and it’s easy to see the importance of regular testing. Adjust the balance and sanitizer levels as needed. Count on us to help you with your water testing.

Drain & Refill

Sooner or later, the water reaches a point where it becomes worn out from the bather load. When the water looks bad, smells bad, and feels bad, it’s time for a change. We recommend you drain and refill your spa with fresh water approximately every three-four months.

Rinse & Repeat

It’s always a good idea to rinse off before use to remove lotions and soaps to reduce the number of contaminants that could cause poor water conditions. When done soaking, rinse off again to ensure that nothing lingers to potentially irritate your skin or eyes.


Keep your spa covered when not in use to prevent debris from getting in the water. After an extended covered time, allow the spa to breathe a bit before getting in so that the trapped vapors and condensation can dissipate.

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