A Guide to Proper Hot Tub Care

Just like a swimming pool, owning a hot tub requires care and attention. From the chemicals needed for hot tub care to the right covers for hot tubs, we’ve got you covered. Check out this handy list to get the most from your investment.

Care, Covers, and Chemicals Needed for Hot Tub Enjoyment

  • Circulation: Proper hot tub care should include a regular schedule of water circulation. Whether it’s a built-in schedule or you run it yourself, the water needs to circulate for about 1 to 2 hours through some cartridge filters at least twice a day.
  • Cleaning: You’ll want to drain and clean your hot tub every four to 6 months at least – and more frequently if you use it daily. Your local pool and spa shop will have the perfect hot tub cleaner for you to use.
    You also must keep the cartridge filters clean with a rinse, spray, and soak method. Rinse your hot tub filters as often as possible with warm water or your garden hose. Then, every week or so, use a chemical spray to clean the filters and rinse afterward (again, your local pros can show you the chemicals needed for hot tub cleaning). And finally, each time you drain and refill tub, be sure to soak your filters in a cleaning solution. Remember that covers for hot tubs help keep it clean, too!
  • Hot tub chemistry: Now that you understand basic hot tub care, it’s time to address chemicals needed for hot tub function. Because you’re dealing with a smaller amount of water than a pool, hot tub chemistry can be tricky. But the good news is, these tubs require the exact same chemicals: pH, alkalinity, and your favorite sanitizer (we recommend chlorine). Before you add the chemicals, you’ll need to test the water. This is easy with the use of at-home pool/spa test strips, a liquid pool/spa test kit, or by bringing a sample in to your local hot tub dealer for a professional check.
  • Covers for hot tubs. Choosing and using the right hot tub cover is so important to the lifespan of your spa. The key is to choose the right one for your needs, and then to care for it so it lasts for years to come. Covers for hot tubs should fit properly without gapping, to keep your heat, chemicals, and water locked inside. From foam density to vapor barrier, you’ve got to know the lingo to know which cover to purchase. And yet again, your local hot tub pro can advise accordingly.

Hot Tub Care Starts with a Pro

Buying a hot tub is fun and easy with the right professionals guiding the way. A reputable hot tub dealer like Hesselson’s carries trusted brands and manufacturers, such as Hot Spring, Maax Spas (including 10 models of Swim Spa), and Nordic Hot Tubs, which gives you peace of mind knowing that you have the very best. Get ready to start soaking!