Simple Steps for Cleaning Your Inflatable Hot Tub

  • Jan 3, 2024
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Simple Steps for Cleaning Your Inflatable Hot Tub

A new year means a fresh start – for you and your SaluSpa® inflatable hot tub!


Regularly cleaning your hot tub extends its lifespan, so you can continue to soak and relax year after year.


Whether your hot tub water is starting to look a little cloudy or you just want to give it some TLC before the weather changes (or before a fun backyard hot tub party!), here are a few items you’ll need (plus a few nice-to-haves) before you get started:


   • Garden Hose: For rinsing and refilling your hot tub


   • Sponge, Cloth or Towel: For wiping down the tub and parts


   • Skimmer Net: For removing debris


   • All-In-One Chemical Starter Kit: For maintaining chemical levels (Included: Brominating Tabs, pH Plus, pH Minus, Scum Destroyer and Bromine Test Strips)


   • Chemical Floater: For your Brominating Tabs





    • All-In-One Cleaning Tool Set: For removing debris and grime (Included: Scoop, Brush, Scrubbing Mitt)


   • Cordless Vacuum: For removing dirt and debris from bottom of hot tub


   • Replacement Filters: For when it’s time to replace



Basic Cleaning


Now that you have all your cleaning supplies ready to go, follow these four simple steps regularly to give your hot tub a basic cleaning:

Step 1: Remove Dirt and Debris

First, use your skimmer net to remove larger debris (leaves, sticks, etc.) floating on the surface. If you have a hot tub vacuum, use it to remove dirt that has settled on the bottom.

Step 2: Wipe Down the Outside Liner and Cover


Wipe down the outside liner and cover with a clean damp towel or cloth to remove any dirt that may have accumulated.

Step 3: Clean or Replace the Filter


If your filter is still in good condition, rinse out the filter with your garden hose to remove any dirt or debris that may be caught between the folds. If your filter looks damaged, discolored or cracked, it's time to replace it! Remember, filters do a lot of the “dirty” work to keep your water clean and clear!

Step 4: Add Water and Chemicals (if needed)


Lastly, if you’ve lost any water from getting in and out of the hot tub (it happens!), fill it back up to at least the minimum fill line. Then, test the water to see if you need to add more chemicals. If so, follow these hot tub chemical maintenance steps using your all-in-one chemical starter kit (noted above).

Deep Cleaning


If you need a deeper clean or are taking down for storage, follow these seven steps quarterly (monthly if you’re using your hot tub every single day) to maintain your hot tub:



Step 1: Remove Dirt and Debris

Follow step 1 in the Basic Cleaning section above.

Step 2: Drain the Water


After you’ve turned off the power on the pump, remove the filter and ChemConnect™ Chlorine Dispenser. Put on the stopper caps and disconnect the pump. Connect your garden hose to the drainpipe and allow the water to drain out to a suitable drainage area (an area that won’t accumulate water quickly). We recommend draining your hot tub every month, or up to every three months, depending on maintenance and usage.

Step 3: Clean the Pump


After your hot tub has drained, remove the garden hose from the drainpipe, then use the hose to flush out any backwash inside the pump. Tip the pump to the side to ensure there’s no water left inside. You can dry the inside of the pump by connecting the inflation hose, aiming it inside the drainpipe and turning on the AirJet™ system. Then give the outside of the pump a good wipe down with a damp cloth or towel.

Step 4: Clean the Liner and the Cover


Now that you’ve drained the water and cleaned the pump, it’s time to wipe down the liner (inside and outside) and cover. These parts accumulate the most grime and build-up from constant exposure to all the elements (chemicals, body oils, dirt, etc.), so both need a thorough wipe down with soap and water. Regardless of whether you’re keeping your hot tub up or are storing it for the off-season, make sure you dry the liner and cover from top to bottom.

Step 5: Clean or Replace the Filter


Follow step 3 in the Basic Cleaning section above.



Step 6: Add Water


If you’re not putting your hot tub in storage, it’s time to get it back in full relaxation mode! Grab the garden hose and fill your hot tub back up to at least the minimum fill line.



Step 7: Add Chemicals


Follow step 4 in the Basic Cleaning section above.



Now that your hot tub is sparkling, get ready to unwind and enjoy your soothing massage experience in the comfort of your own backyard!



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