A major advantage to an inflatable hot tub over the permanently installed counterpart, is the required maintenance and overall attention is much less. How often you need to clean it is entirely dependent on how often and how long you use it. The more often it is in use, the more regularly it should be cleaned. In this article, we will review some tips that will keep your hot tub at its best and by the end you will know exactly how to clean an inflatable hot tub.
Tip 1: Replace water regularly
Probably the easiest way to keep your hot tub at its cleanest, is to empty and replace the water regularly. It’s much easier to empty and refill an inflatable hot tub than it is for a built in unit, therefore this is our first recommendation. Remember that there is less water in an inflatable hot tub, so if you are constantly adding chemicals, you will find that the accumulation of solids is greater and the need to replace the water will rise. Before refilling the tub, check out tip 2.
Tip 2: Cleaning an inflatable hot tub while empty
Once your inflatable hot tub is empty, you should take this opportunity to thoroughly scrub all surfaces. You can use a soft cloth along with warm, soapy water to clean all surfaces. Unlike the rigid materials used in standard tubs, inflatable hot tubs are more durable and don’t require any special cleaners. Although, you should avoid abrasive cleaners, as these could be detrimental to your hot tub. After cleaning, simply rinse the tub to wash away the soapy water and you are ready to refill it.
Tip 3: Installing a water softener
There are many chemicals in tap water, especially if you have hard water. These can range from various amounts of chlorine to different levels of sulfur. By installing a water softener or water filter, you can eliminate the use of testing kits and chemicals after refilling your tub. This will be especially beneficial to your hot tub filter and reduce the overall maintenance required when cleaning your inflatable hot tub.
Tip 4: Rinse before use
One of the best tips for reducing the cleaning needed on any hot tub is to shower or bathe before getting in. Not only does this eliminate any dirt that may be on you, but there are also oils in your hair and possibly lotion on your skin that could come off into the hot tub as well. These can cause the inflatable hot tub to become cloudy or foamy. You can treat your hot tub water to remove these issues, but its easier to just plan ahead and avoid them. This will also help to increase the life of your filters too.
Tip 5: Keep your hot tub covered
The most important aspect of hot tub maintenance, is keeping your hot tub covered. You don’t realize how much airborne debris floats around until you see it all collecting in your open hot tub. Additionally, the tub will take less time to reheat if it remains covered as well, since the cover will act as an insulator for the heat. Finally, if your cover includes a locking mechanism, you can rest assured that uninvited guests or children don’t help themselves into your hot tub without your knowledge.
Tip 6: Change or clean your filter
Before I begin, it’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when changing or cleaning your hot tub filter. The main function of the water filter is to remove anything undesirable from the water. Changing and cleaning it regularly will have the biggest impact overall when cleaning an inflatable hot tub.
How to clean an inflatable hot tub?
Following these simple steps will greatly increase the enjoyment and longevity of your inflatable hot tub. Although some hot tubs are different, these steps should be somewhat universal and apply to most when learning how to clean an inflatable hot tub. If you think I have left something out, or have anything else to add, please do so in the comments below and I’ll gladly take a look at it.