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Tips for Filter Maintenance
Cleaning your hot tub filter is a vital part of hot tub maintenance and plays a key role in keeping your tub’s water safe and clean. While cleaning your hot tub filter may seem complex and cumbersome, it can actually be quite simple—particularly if you have a good set of instructions at your disposal. This article will walk you through the most common ways to keep your tub’s filter spotless.
Tip 1: Annual Replacement
Regardless of how clean you keep your tub’s filter, it is imperative that you replace it at least once a year. In addition to putting a severe strain on your tub’s pump, worn-out tub filters are unable to properly trap contaminants. Nothing lasts forever—especially tub filters.
Tip 2: Basic Rinsing
Your tub’s filter should be given a thorough rinsing once every 2 weeks. If you make frequent use of your tub, however, you may want to utilize this method of filter-cleaning on a somewhat more frequent basis. This method is very simple and can often be accomplished with nothing more than a garden hose. Taking care to remove every speck of dirt, use the hose to give your filter a vigorous soaking. If the filter is particularly dirty, all-natural cleaning products can be used in conjunction with this method. It is also important to rinse your filter off in this fashion whenever you change the water in your tub, regardless of how recently its last cleaning took place.
Tip 3: Filter-Cleaning Cartridges
If you want to keep your tub’s filter clean but aren’t a big fan of elbow grease, filter-cleaning cartridges may be right up your alley. Simply attach these cartridges to your garden hose, then attach your filter to the cartridge and spray. As you spray the hose, the cartridge will gently rotate, meticulously cleaning every inch of the filter. Within minutes, your filter should be as good as new.
Tip 4: Cleaning Products
If your tub’s filter is exceptionally dirty—or plagued with an all-too-common build-up of calcium scales—you may want to consider incorporating the aid of cleaning products. Acid Magic is particularly well-respected among filter cleaners, as it has proven extremely effective in laying waste to caked-on dirt and calcium. Should you decide to use cleaning products for filter-cleaning, it is strongly advised that you chose something all-natural and make sure that the product is intended for cleaning filters. Chemicals and detergents found in many household products can cause foaming problems with the water in your hot tub, so when scrubbing that filter, Mother Nature is a responsible hot tub owner’s best friend.
Tip 5: Mistakes to Avoid
When cleaning your hot tub filter, there are several things you should avoid. First off, do not attempt to clean your hot tub filter in a washing machine or dish washer, as the immense water pressure can damage the filter irreparably. Secondly, do not try to clean your filter with bleach or laundry detergents, as they will cause severe foaming problems with your hot tub’s water, much like other commercial cleaning products.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regular maintenance is essential to prolong the life of your hot tub, so along with water cleaning products like chlorine you will need to pay attention to filters, pipes, and the interior of your tub. Rapid filter clean will keep your filters clear and Spa Shine can help to protect your hot tub from UV rays and chemical degradation.
Miami Spas offer many chemicals and cleaning products to keep your tub in tip top condition. Bromine is less harsh on the skin and chlorine can be easier to regulate and maintain control of water levels. Depending on the type of water in your area you may need additives like Alkalinity Increaser or Water Hardener to prevent excess foam or limescale build up.
Filters are the first protection for bacteria as this is where the debris and all of the bacteria gets sucked down. Filters should be checked once or twice a week to make sure they are still clean – you can purchase a filter cleaner. We recommend changing your filter when you change your water which is every three months. But always check your filters once or twice a week.
Your hot tub will slowly start to build up with bacteria as it is used, so a hot tub flush may be needed. Add it to your spa and run it as normal. The cleaner will move with the water through the jets and pipes effectively flushing all the dirt and bacteria build up, restoring your hot tub to peak condition.
All Miami Spas customers will receive a complimentary cleaning pack when a new hot tub or swim spa is purchased. This can help you determine if you will need products like Foam Away and other hot tub cleaning products for ongoing maintenance.
All chemicals should be added to warm water until dissolved before adding to your hot tub.
Add chemicals to the filter housing so that they go straight through the circulation area.
Leave tub several hours after adding a chemical to have change to circulate before testing and adding more.
Test Alkalinity first and get that up to balance TA – increaser will help this one. Make sure levels are ok before adding any other chemicals.
PH balance once this is at an ok level you can then add chlorine.
Add chlorine last. Do a shock dose for first time or when there is no chlorine present. Shock will be around 60 grams.
Please leave your tub a full 24/48 hours once chemicals are added before you use your tub, once you have used the tub you will need to add more chemicals as the levels would have dropped in the chlorine.
Test your tub daily until you get the hang of a routine when you will need to add certain chemicals.
Cloudy water is PH balance not level to correct either increase or decrease and leave several hours until tested again to let the chemicals circulate round the tub.
Green water is low chlorine or no chlorine we advise shock dose.
This is down to personal preference but depending on the positioning of your hot tub you may find an Undermount or Side Mount Cover Lifter useful for easy removal and replacement of the lid. Or to protect your hot tub and provide a bit of extra privacy a Gazebo may be required that will create more seclusion when using your tub. Cleaning chemicals, replacement filters and a floating dispenser helps to keep your tub clean and ready to use.
Our favourite accessory, which we think is a great addition to any hot tub is the Hot tub LED floating spa bar. This Party perfect accessory fits up to six drinks and a bottle of wine or champagne, the remote control allows you to choose from 16 LED colour options to set the mood.