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BASIC INFORMATION

Caring for your spa does not have to be a problem, as long as you follow some simple instructions and if you have the right chemicals and accessories at hand. As a spa owner, you will need to follow some basic rules to maintaining a clean & healthy spa:


TESTING THE WATER
It is very important to test your water at least once a week. Set aside one day per week to test and adjust your water chemistry. This will only take about 10 minutes. There are two different kings of test strips you can use:

If you are using bromine, you should use a test strip that tests for bromine, chlorine, Ph, and alkalinity.

General procedure for using these test strips is to:

1) Dip strip into water and remove immediately
2) Hold strip level for 15 seconds (do not shake)
3) Compare Bromine, pH and total Alkalinity pads to the color chart that is on the label of the bottle or with the bottle's instructions.

bromine floater - spa maintenace

*NOTE: If you notice a low reading of chlorine, do not worry. This is perfectly normal, especially if you are using city water. Remember that you should not be using chlorine in your spa, because chlorine dissipates at 80-85 degrees, making it useless in a hot tub set at 90-104 degrees Fahrenheit.

natural purifier

If you are using a natural purifier, you should use a test strip that is designed for a natural purifier and tests for pH, alkalinity, and monopersulfates (MPS).

General procedure for using these test strips is to:

1) Immerse strip to a depth of 12" to 18"
2) Swirl strip around under water
2) Remove strip with pads face up
3) Read MPS, Alkalinity, and pH by comparing the color strip of the pads to the color chart on the label of the bottle with the bottle's instructions.
* NOTE: It is very important to have the correct type of testing kits for the chemicals that you use. Never use bromine or chlorine with a natural purifier.

SHOCKING THE SPA
A shock treatment to water instantaneously raises the sanitizer level to immediately kill off all the foreign bacteria present at that time.

When to shock: If you use your spa 2-4 times a week, shock it with a heavy dose about once a week. If you use your spa almost daily, shock it twice a week.

How to shock: Normally by adding 2 or 3 cap-fulls of Spa Shock to the spa water. You should read the instructions on the Spa Shock product you are using to figure out the correct dosage for the size of your particular spa.

Best times to shock: After refilling your spa with fresh water; Just before & just after a party or period of heavy usage; Once a week when you adjust your other spa chemicals; If your spa turns green or develops a slimy greenish color on the walls or floor; If your water smells musty or looks cloudy; If you test your water mid-week and find a low Bromine reading.

Oxy-Brite Spa Shock
* NOTE: The times your spa needs shock the most are when there is a low bromine level combined with a high bacteria count. Shocking water does not provide a long term residual base of sanitizer and should only be used occasionally when needed.

MAINTAINING YOUR CHEMICALS
Maintaining your chemicals is simple if you stick to a regular testing schedule.
Spa Down & Spa Up for pH maintenance

If testing shows that your pH is low, you will want to increase it with a product like Spa Up.

Alternatively, if your pH is high, you will want to decrease it with a product like Spa Down.

Some brands of chemicals will adjust the both alkalinity and the pH with the same bottle. Other brands use separate bottles for each. Make sure to read the details of the product you are using.

* NOTE: Your spa should have bromine or a natural purifier in it at all times.

KEEPING YOUR FILTER CLEAN
Maintaining clean filters is the simplest way to ensure the other spa components work up to their specifications and keep your spa clean!

This is the easiest part of spa maintenance:

  • Clean your filters once a month with a filter cleaner. Some smaller filters can even be run through your dishwasher. If doing so, make sure to put the filter on the top rack of the dishwasher, do not add any cleaning chemicals or detergents, and use a normal wash and dry cycle.


  • After that remember to replace them once a year.

Spa filter cleaners


CLEANING THE SPA SURFACE & SHELL

Your spa surface needs to be cleaned every three months when you change the water. Use a non-abrasive cleaner with a neutral Ph level. Be careful to select a cleaner that won't scratch the surface material.

Spa Cleaning Products

CLEANING THE SPA SHELL:

For a natural wood spa shell, you should power wash and seal at it at least once a year.

For a synthetic spa shell, you should wash it with soap and water periodically.


MAINTAINING THE PLUMING

Every three months you should drain and clean your spa and look for any cracks in the surface or leaks in the plumbing or equipment.

Spa bacteria can collect in your plumbing. To avoid this, you can clean your pipes with a spa safe chemical such as Swirl Away. This will loosen stubborn soils, dissolve accumulated bath and body oils and aid in the prevention of buildup in the plumbing lines of spas and whirlpool baths. It can also eliminate impaired or blocked jets

Swirl away spa pipe cleaner