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17th November
Posted on 17th November, 2014 by Francesca

Your hot tub cover is a vital part of your hot tub.  When you’re not soaking in the relaxing warm waters of your hot tub the cover is keeping the heat in and the weather and other debris out.  Your hot tub cover is fighting the elements all year round from hot glorious sunshine to cold winds, rain and snow.

The changes in the weather can dry the marine grade vinyl of your cover making it brittle and susceptible to cracking or splitting.  Fortunately it isn’t difficult to maintain your hot tub cover.Maintaining your Hot Tub Cover

Cleaning your Hot Tub Cover

Using a mild diluted detergent and a non-abrasive cloth clean off any dirt, sap from nearby trees or lichen that maybe present on the external surface of your cover.  Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Conditioning your Hot Tub Cover

Now that your cover is clean and dry you need to condition it using a vinyl protectant such as Aerospace 303 Protectant.  The protectant bonds onto the vinyl surface of your cover and protects against UV rays, cracking and fading as well as helping to repel water.303 Hot Tub Cover Protectant

Cleaning the Internal Surface of your Hot Tub Cover

Usually the internal surface of your hot tub cover should remain free from dirt however if you notice a moldy or musty smell or see any dirt or mold on this surface then remove the cover and treat with a dilute chlorine or bleach solution.  Rinse thoroughly with clean, fresh water and dry with a soft cloth.  Do not use any household cleaning products on this surface.

While you are cleaning your cover it is good practice to check the security clips are in good order and replace any if necessary.  If your hot tub is located in an exposed area susceptible to gusts of wind if may be advisable to invest in some extra hot tub security straps.

If you follow these simple instructions every 6-12 weeks your cover will look like new and maintain its heat retaining properties for longer.

Andy’s Top Tip:  Keep a cloth impregnated with protectant solution in a sealed bag, such as a sandwich bag, ready for use.

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17th November
Posted on 17th November, 2014 by Francesca

Autumn has been late to show its face this year.  We have been spoilt with warmer, drier weather for longer and it was a bit of a shock when the tail winds of Hurricane Gonzola swept over us at the end of October.  The leaves were suddenly forced to leave the trees and now that we are into November we have seen a significant amount of rain and somewhat cooler temperatures than we have grown accustomed too.

So now that we are into autumn and with winter approaching what should you be doing to prepare your hot tub for autumn and winter? 

Firstly you need to decide whether you are going to be using your hot tub over the winter months.  There is nothing better than slipping into a steaming hot tub on a crisp winter evening.  The warm water will melt your aches, pains and stresses away and challenge mother nature’s coldest season. 

If that is not for you then you may need to consider winterising you hot tub instead.  Whatever you decide to do, before draining down, you should take the opportunity to clean out the internal workings of your hot tub using a degreasing and descaling agent such as AquaSparkle Hot Tub Flush

If you have decided you are going to winterise you hot tub you can follow our simple instructions that can be found here.

If you are going to indulge in some hot tub relaxation over the winter months then proceed as follows:

  • Leave your hot tub to soak overnight with hot tub flush
  • Drain the water from your spa and remove  the filter
  • If appropriate soak you filter in a suitable filter cleaner such as AquaSparkle Filter Immerse.  NB filters such as the Sundance Spas Microclean I, Microclean II and Microclean Ultra Inner will not need to be soaked.
  • Use a non-abrasive cloth and appropriate hot tub surface cleaner to clean and polish the internal shell of your hot tub.
  • Remove your pillows or headrests and clean with a mild soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
  • Replace your filter and fill your hot tub with clean fresh water.
  • Switch on you hot tub and re-set your water chemistry.

Don’t forget to look after your hot tub cover.  A well maintained hot tub cover will ensure that heat loss from the water is minimal.

If you require any further information, help or advice on this subject please call 01260 28491.

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