If you have a hot tub, you want it to be clean and sanitary to use whenever you like. While hot tubs are low-maintenance, there are some things you need to do to keep it clean and running well.
Clean the Hot Tub Cover
The cover of the hot tub often gets overlooked, but it still needs to be cleaned just as often as inside of the hot tub. The cover is exposed to the elements, so it often deals with debris buildup, dust, dirt, and stains. There is also the risk of UV exposure that can cause the tub cover to crack and fade over time. While this cover is doing an excellent job of protecting the hot tub itself, it still needs to be cleaned to remove all of the debris that causes the material to wear away over time. Remove the debris and clean the top and bottom of the cover with just plain water. When you use a vinyl cleaner, only use it on the top portion, not underneath the cover where it might come in contact with the water.
Replace or Clean the Filter Cartridges
Your hot tub has a filter that gathers particles and debris in order to keep them out of the water. However, these cartridges need to either be replaced or cleaned out on a regular basis. If they get clogged, the debris will no longer be filtered out, and you suddenly have mineral particles, dirt, and debris floating in your hot tub water. Most of the time, all you need to do is remove the debris and clean out the filters, then put them back. However, you do occasionally need to replace them when they get old and worn out.
Remove Debris From the Skimmer Basket
Another part of the hot tub that might get clogged with debris is the skimmer basket. This gradually collects the larger debris that ends up in your hot tub from the trees and plants nearby. Leaves, twigs, dirt, and foreign matter might end up in the skimmer, as well as larger bugs that like the warm water of the hot tub. On a regular basis, get the skimmer basket to see if any debris has collected, then remove the debris and throw it in the waste bin.
Replace the Hot Tub Water
While this doesn't need to be done often, you will occasionally need to empty the water so that you can clean the inside of the hot tub. This practice is slightly different for each hot tub, so take a look at your manual to find out the best way to empty the water. Once the water is out of the hot tub, use mild soap and water, as well as a soft sponge or cloth, to remove the debris and buildup inside the hot tub. Make sure you rinse it well before refilling the hot tub with fresh water.