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How to Clean the Inside of a Hot Tub: Jets and Plumbing Lines

Posted by Watson's on Jun 18, 2024 12:55:37 PM

Keeping your hot tub clean is essential for a relaxing and hygienic experience. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of your hot tub but also ensures that it remains a safe place to unwind. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to clean the inside of your hot tub, including the jets and plumbing lines, using some of the best products available.

Couple Lounging In Clean Hot Tub

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Hot Tub

1. Gather Your Supplies

Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies:

  • Spa Purge: Helps clean non-living organic waste from inside spa plumbing using a concentrated formula with SMARTZyme technology.
  • Filter Perfect by Natural Chemistry: Used for cleaning spa filters.
  • Jet Clean by Leisure Time: Helps clean organic material on jets.
  • Soft cloths or sponges
  • A hose
  • A bucket
  • Protective gloves

2. Clean the Filters

Cleaning the filters ensures that your hot tub’s water circulation remains efficient. Here’s how to do it:

  • Remove the filters from the hot tub.
  • Rinse them thoroughly with a hose to remove any debris.
  • Soak the filters in a bucket filled with a solution of Filter Perfect by Natural Chemistry for the recommended time on the product label.
  • Rinse the filters again and let them dry completely before reinstalling.

Inserting Clean Hot Tub Filter

3. Use Spa Purge for the Plumbing Lines

Over time, non-living organic waste can build up in your hot tub’s plumbing lines. Spa Purge by Natural Chemistry is designed to tackle this issue:

  • With the hot tub empty, add the recommended amount of Spa Purge to the water.
  • Fill the hot tub with enough water to circulate through the plumbing lines.
  • Turn on the jets and let them run for at least 15 minutes to allow the product to work through the system.

4. Clean the Jets with Jet Clean

Jets can accumulate organic material, which can affect their performance. Use Jet Clean by Leisure Time to keep them in top shape:

  • With the hot tub still drained, add the recommended amount of Jet Clean directly into the jet openings.
  • Fill the hot tub with enough water to cover the jets.
  • Turn on the jets and allow them to run for 15 minutes.

5. Drain the Hot Tub

To properly clean the inside of your hot tub, you need to drain the water. Follow these steps:

  • Turn off the power to the hot tub.
  • Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and open the valve to let the water out.
  • Once drained, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining water.

6. Wipe Down the Interior

With the plumbing and jets cleaned, it’s time to focus on the hot tub’s interior surfaces:

  • Use a soft cloth or sponge with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner to wipe down the shell.
  • Pay special attention to water lines and any areas with visible buildup.
  • Rinse the interior thoroughly to remove any cleaning residue.

Wiping Down Hot Tub Shell With Sponge

7. Refill and Balance the Water

After cleaning, refill your hot tub with fresh water:

  • Use a hose with a pre-filter if possible to reduce impurities.
  • Once filled, turn the power back on and allow the water to circulate.
  • Test and balance the water chemistry using appropriate test strips or a testing kit. Adjust the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels as needed.

8. Regular Maintenance Tips

To keep your hot tub in optimal condition:

  • Clean the filters monthly.
  • Use Spa Purge and Jet Clean every 3-4 months to maintain plumbing and jet cleanliness.
  • Regularly check and balance the water chemistry.
  • Drain and refill the hot tub every 3-4 months, or as recommended by the manufacturer.


Ensuring a Clean and Safe Hot Tub Experience

Maintaining a clean hot tub is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. By following the steps outlined above and using high-quality products like Spa Purge, Filter Perfect, and Jet Clean, you can ensure that your hot tub remains in excellent condition. For more detailed guidance on the draining process, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide on how to drain your hot tub. Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your hot tub running smoothly and provide you with a perfect place to relax and unwind.


Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean the jets and plumbing lines?

It's recommended to clean the jets and plumbing lines every 3-4 months using products like Jet Clean and Spa Purge to maintain optimal performance and hygiene.

Can I use household cleaners on my hot tub?

No, household cleaners can damage your hot tub’s surface and affect water chemistry. Always use products specifically designed for hot tubs, such as Spa Purge, Filter Perfect, and Jet Clean.

Topics: Spas and Hot Tubs, Spas and Hot Tubs - Supplies and Equipment

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