How to Care for a Hot Tub

How to Care for a Hot Tub


A hot tub can be a fun addition to your home that offers numerous benefits. With that being said, the maintenance can appear intimidating. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case, so check out our tips for caring for Rhode Island hot tubs to ensure that yours is clean and ready for use.

Clean the Tub

You can clean, filter, and treat the water all you want, but if the surface of the tub itself isn’t clean, it won’t do you any good. Using a mild, non-abrasive cleanser (or plain baking soda!) and a soft cloth, scrub all hard surfaces. Remove the vinyl cover and spa pillows, spray with a garden hose, and follow the instructions on the owners’ manual for cleaning tips.

Filters at the Ready

Be sure to replace your filter cartridges as needed (check the manual again). Once a month, remove the cartridges and rinse them with clean water to remove mineral buildup and anything else that could be hindering the filtering process. Use a filter cleaner if necessary.

Get the Water Right

While proper treatment will keep your water clean, sometimes you need to drain and refill the tub. With frequent use, do this every 3 months, with infrequent use, it can be done every six months.

Kill the Germs as You Go

The right chemical levels are necessary for maintaining your hot tub, so be sure to do an eyeball test daily and use testing strips twice a week. Hot tubs in RI should be covered when not in use to keep heat in and keep germs and debris out. Winter blankets can also be purchased and installed for times when your hot tub won’t be used. Regular care will keep your hot tub in great shape and will help it last for many years to come. The biggest tip to remember is that when you notice something is wrong, don’t procrastinate getting it checked out, since waiting can just cause more damage.