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How to Keep Your Spa Clean

Last Updated Feb 29, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

There is nothing like relaxing in a spa at the end of the day but no one wants to do that if the water is cloudy, gungy or otherwise unattractive.  While spas are fun to use, they also take some work to keep clean.  Here are our tips for cleaning your spa and spa water.  For more information or advice, have a chat with your local spa specialist.

Keep on Top of the Water Chemistry

One of, if not the most, important ways to keep your spa clean is by keeping on top of the water chemistry. For your spa to be clean and healthy, the chemicals have to be balanced in the water so that the pH and alkalinity are within the desired ranges.  The most common chemicals that you’ll use are either chlorine or bromine.  Test your spa water every week with a water testing kit and add chemicals as needed.  Shock the water regularly as needed.

Keep an Eye on the Filter

All spas will have some kind of filtration system and you’ll need to keep a close eye on the filter.  Clean the filter every month according to the directions and replace them every year.  You may have to clean the filter more often if the spa sees heavy use.  It is important to keep the filter clean as dirty or degraded filters will not filter the water adequately and it will turn cloudy.

Keep Oils and Soaps Out of the Spa

The less stuff that you get in the spa, the less difficult it will be to keep the water clean, and it is especially important to minimise the amount of oils and soaps that get into the spa water.  If you want to clean the spa itself, always use a special spa cleaning solution or simply water and bleach mixed together.  Don’t use soap or ammonia based cleaning products as these will throw your water chemistry right out! 

When using the spa, resist the temptation to use hair products, deodorant, sunscreen, or other skin products. These get into the water, degrading its quality and turning it cloudy.  The more of these types of products you use, the harder the filter has to work and the more often you’ll need to add chemicals to the water.  If you just can’t resist using the spa when your hair has gel, mousse or other products in it, tie it up so it doesn’t get into the water!

Use an Ozone Generator

An ozone generator can be a very valuable addition to your spa.  The purpose of an ozone generator is to break down oils and other organic materials in your spa so that the water remains cleaner and healthier.  Ozone generators should be used with your filter and spa chemicals.
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