Spring is here, and you’re probably focusing your attention on sprucing up and cleaning inside your home. Don’t forget it’s time to spring clean your hot tub and give it some attention now, too!
After a cold winter with heavy snow, this is the perfect time to check the condition of your spa and cover, and take the following steps to get ready for spring soaking.
Prepare Your Hot Tub
Prepare your hot tub for a drain and clean. Before draining the water, we recommend adding a treatment of System Flush to the water and let it circulate for a minimum of 15 minutes. This product helps to eliminate built-up organics in your plumbing lines.
Drain Your Hot Tub
Drain your hot tub. You can easily do this by unscrewing the drain plug generally located at the base of the hot tub. If the plug is not convenient to reach because of decking or the location of the spa, you can also use a cover pump to get the job done.
Clean Your Hot Tub
Once the spa is thoroughly drained, clean the interior and exterior of the spa with a non-abrasive product such as BioGuard Off the Wall surface cleaner. Use a soft cloth to apply and, as always, be sure to rinse off any remaining residue.
Attend to Your Filters
Remove the filters and clean the filter cavity. Soak the filters in a bucket with a 3-1 concentration of SpaGuard Filter Cleaner for at least 30 minutes. You may also spray the filters with a hose (not a high pressure washer) and then spray the degreaser directly on the filters. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly to avoid soapy, foamy water when you put them back in. This product is on special (Buy One, Get One Free) March 29-April 4 online and in our stores.
Replace Your Silver Ion Cartridge
This is also the best time to replace the Silver Ion Cartridge. “A silver ion cartridge helps kill bacteria in your spa and allows you to use less chlorine, says Arvidson Pools & Spas Retail Division Manager, Nadine Nuzzo. Make sure you are purchasing the correct one for either your Hot Spring or Caldera Spas hot tub.
Look Over Your Spa Cover
Check the condition of your spa cover. Are there any rips in the vinyl? Is it extremely heavy and water-logged? Is the cover dry and brittle? “We normally recommend replacing your cover every three-five years based on the factors above. Hot tub covers are taking longer than normal to arrive from the manufacturer due to COVID-related delays so we encourage you to order early and ask for your patience in advance,” said Dan Arvidson, Associate Vice President at Arvidson Pools & Spas. Call Arvidson Pools & Spas at (815) 459-0660 to ensure you are ordering the right size for your hot tub.
Test Your Water
Bring a water sample into any of our three Arvidson Pools & Spas store locations for an accurate analysis of your fill water. We’ll run a computerized analysis and provide you with a printed summary of the spa chemicals you’ll need to get your water balanced and ready for soaking.
After the Spring Clean
With your hot tub spring clean finished, you are now ready to enjoy beautiful nights soaking in the swirling, warm water of your hot tub all season long! You’ll appreciate the starry nights ahead while relaxing with friends and family.