Whether you have an inflatable hot tub or a paddling pool, they may get filthy quickly, so we’ve compiled a list of our best cleaning techniques.
We Brits enjoy our vacations, but the pandemic took that away from us last year, and with so much uncertainty surrounding vacations this year, it appears we’re taking matters into our own hands and establishing holiday havens in our own back yards.
Last year saw a significant increase in sales of inflatable hot tubs and paddling pools, and this heightened demand shows no signs of abating, with eBay reporting a 97 percent increase in searches for hot tubs and a 98 percent increase in searches for paddling pools. While we enjoy the notion of spending hot summer days reclining in your own little garden sanctuary, inflatable hot tubs and paddling pools do require some upkeep to keep them fresh and clear of filth and algae.
It is important to understand how to clean and maintain an inflatable hot tub if you want to extend its life.
An inflatable hot tub is a less expensive alternative to experience spa moments in the comfort of your own home. You may chill with family and friends, use it for hydrotherapy to de-stress and decompress, and even pack it up and take it with you when vacationing in a vacation home. But if you don’t take care of it, it won’t last long — and keeping it clean is also important for maintaining hygiene, which is essential for your and your family’s health.
How to clean an inflatable hot tub
You probably know that you need to regularly replace the water in your inflatable hot tub to keep it clean and hygienic. However, this is pointless if you don’t clean the tub beforehand — not least because the residue on the walls can end up dirtying and contaminating any clean water.
After draining, wipe the interior with a soft cloth or sponge and warm, mildly soapy water, or use a specialised cleaning spray like this one. It’s preferable to do this while the balloon is still inflated so you can easily reach inside. Pay special attention to the water line, where grease and filth can accumulate.
Don’t use anything abrasive, such as scrubbing brushes, since this can harm the surface, and always fully rinse to ensure there are no detergent residues left when you re-fill, otherwise you’ll wind up with a bubble bath!
It’s critical to spend a few minutes cleaning your inflatable hot tub every time you drain the water and when you need to store it for an extended period of time, such as during the winter.
- Remove any leaves and big debris that might clog the drainage valve as the first step in cleaning your hot tub.
- The next step is to drain the water. This may differ depending on the type, but it should be simple to accomplish by removing the nozzle or valve, or in some situations by connecting a hose to it. For this one, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- After draining the tub, wipe the exterior with a moist microfiber cloth or sponge and water. If you come across any persistent stains, use a mild detergent and warm water to remove them. After you’ve finished, properly rinse. Scrubbing any spots with an abrasive brush might harm the surface.
- You may use the same procedure to clean the inside of the tub. Avoid using detergents since they might cause suds when you refill your tub. If the warm water alone does not remove persistent stains, you can purchase a specific hot tub surface cleaning. After that, be sure to properly rinse everything off.
- If you intend to store the inflatable hot tub, allow it to dry before storing it.
- You’ll also need to deflate it; again, this varies per hot tub, with some having a mechanised deflation system and others depending on old-fashioned pressure from you pushing the air out.
Tips for Maintaining an Inflatable Hot Tub
Taking care of your inflatable hot tub, in addition to regular cleaning, will extend its life. Here are a few suggestions for upkeep:
- Maintain the proper pH of the water
A pH of 7.2 to 7.8 is required for inflatable hot tub maintenance. If the pH falls too low, the vinyl can be readily damaged; if the pH rises too high, scale can form at the water line. Water alkalinity should be tested once a week and adjusted as needed. Most tubs include a testing kit as well as chemicals for pH stabilisation. Alternatively, you may simply obtain them at spa supply stores.
- Maintain the cleanliness of the water
Keeping the water clean not only keeps it safe, but it also helps your tub last longer. Apart from cleaning the filters on a regular basis, there are a few additional things you can do to keep the water pure. These are some examples:
- Sanitisers containing chlorine or bromine are used to destroy bacteria that thrive in water. To make mineral sanitiser more effective, combine it with an oxidizer and a little amount of chlorine or bromine.
- Shower before entering the tub to remove any body oils, perfumes, cosmetics, or other chemicals.
- Make sure your children use the restroom before entering the tub, and remind them to take toilet breaks.
- Replace the water on a regular basis to minimise film buildup and unpleasant odours.
- Using a spa net, remove leaves and big debris on a regular basis.
- When you’re not using the tub, keep the lid on
- Clean the filters on a regular basis.
Hot tub filters aid in keeping the water clean and sanitary. These are simple to clean because they may be run through a dishwashing cycle without detergent. You may also rinse them with cold water and buy cleaning brushes and chemicals to assist you with the operation. It is recommended to replace the filters on a regular basis, depending on the quality of water in your location and how frequently you use the tub.
- Provide a good foundation
The location of your inflatable hot tub can affect its longevity. You need a strong foundation to support the weight of the tub when it is filled with water. You also want it to be solid and level, without any sharp surfaces that can scratch or damage the tub. In addition, it’s advisable to place a ground cloth underneath to make the base puncture-resistant and improve heat insulation. Paving slabs, concrete pads, tub pads, crushed gravel, and tiles also make great bases for inflatable hot tubs.
If you’re going to use an inflatable hot tub indoors, make sure there’s enough room around it as this will make it easier to clean the tub. You also will want the space to be well-ventilated so there’s not too much humidity indoors.
Cleaning and maintaining your hot tub regularly will give it the longest possible life. Follow these steps and you’ll get the most out of your inflatable hot tub.