If you’re a hot tub owner or are considering purchasing one, it’s essential to know what supplies you’ll need to keep it in tip-top shape. Maintaining your hot tub ensures it will last longer and helps keep the water clean and safe for you and your guests. This article will examine the hot tub supplies you need to keep on hand.
Water Testing Kit
The water in your hot tub needs to be tested regularly to ensure safety. A water testing kit can help your customers keep track of the pH and sanitizer levels of the water. Maintaining a proper pH level (7.2 to 7.8) is important to ensure the water is neither too acidic nor too alkaline. Additionally, the sanitizer level should be maintained within a specific range to kill bacteria and other contaminants in the water.
The most common items you can find in a hot tub water testing kit:
- Test Strips – Test strips are a quick and easy way to test the chemical levels in your hot tub water. They typically come with color-coded strips that indicate the levels of chlorine or Bromine, pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness.
- Liquid Testing Kits – Liquid testing kits are an alternative to test strips and often provide more accurate results. They typically come with reagents and test tubes. Add a few drops of each reagent to the water sample to test for the different chemical levels.
- Digital Testers – Digital testers are the most advanced option for testing hot tub water. They use electronic sensors to measure the chemical levels in the water and display the results on a digital screen.
- User Manual – A user manual is included with most water testing kits. It provides instructions on properly using the kit and interpreting the test results.
- Soft-bristled brush – A soft-bristled brush helps clean the hot tub’s interior surfaces, especially in hard-to-reach areas where dirt and grime can accumulate.
- Sponge – A sponge is useful for wiping down the hot tub’s exterior surfaces and removing dirt, grime, and water spots.
- Microfiber towels – Microfiber towels are highly absorbent and can dry the hot tub’s exterior surfaces after cleaning.
- Hot Tub Vacuum – A hot tub vacuum cleans the bottom and sides of your hot tub. This is important to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris that can clog the filter and affect the water quality.
- Scum Absorber –A scum absorber is used to remove oils, lotions, and other contaminants that can accumulate on the water’s surface. This helps prevent the water from becoming cloudy and keeps it clear and inviting.
- Skimmer – A skimmer net can help remove leaves, debris, and other foreign objects that may accumulate on the water’s surface. It’s a simple tool that can make a significant difference in maintaining water quality.
1. Chlorine or Bromine
Chorine or Bromine are sanitizers. They are essential chemicals needed to maintain a hot tub. Sanitizers kill bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms in the water, which can cause skin irritation and illness if left unchecked.
The two most common sanitizers used in hot tubs are chlorine and Bromine. Chlorine is a strong and effective sanitizer, but it can cause skin irritation, especially for sensitive skin. Bromine is a milder alternative to chlorine and is often preferred for indoor hot tubs or those with high temperatures. It’s also less likely to cause skin irritation.
Sanitizers come in different forms, such as tablets, granules, and liquids. Tablets are the most common form and can be added to a floating dispenser or placed in a feeder attached to the hot tub’s circulation system. Granules and liquids are added directly to the water and dissolve quickly to sanitize the water.
Maintaining the proper sanitizer level in the water is essential, as too little can lead to bacterial growth, and too much can cause skin irritation and damage to the hot tub components. Regular water testing and monitoring help ensure the sanitizer levels are balanced and safe.
2. pH Balancers
Maintaining proper pH levels in the water is crucial for the sanitizer’s effectiveness and the user’s comfort. pH balancers are used to raise or lower the pH level of the water.
3. Alkalinity Increasers or Decreases
Alkalinity affects the pH balance of the water, and it’s essential to maintain it at an appropriate level. Alkalinity increasers or decreases are used to adjust the alkalinity level in the water. This helps to stabilize the pH level and prevent rapid changes that can damage the hot tub and irritate your skin.
4. Shock Treatment
Shock treatment is a strong oxidizer that is used to break down and remove organic materials like sweat, oils, and cosmetics that can build up in the water. It also helps to prevent the growth of algae and other harmful bacteria.
5. Calcium Hardness Increaser
Calcium hardness refers to the amount of calcium in the water, and it’s important to maintain the appropriate level to prevent corrosion and damage to the hot tub. A calcium hardness increaser is used to raise the calcium level in the water.
We have a hot tub chemical balance guide you can download for free.
A chemical dispenser makes it easy to add chemicals to your hot tub without measuring them out by hand. These dispensers come in various forms, including floating dispensers and inline dispensers.
A cover cleaner is used to clean and maintain the hot tub cover, which is exposed to the elements and can become dirty over time.
When it comes to hot tub cover cleaner, there are several types available on the market. The type of cover cleaner you need depends on the material of your hot tub cover.
Here are some common types of hot tub cover cleaners:
- Vinyl Cleaner – Vinyl cleaner is designed specifically for hot tub covers made from vinyl material. It removes dirt, stains, and grime from the surface of the cover without damaging the material. Vinyl cleaner typically comes in a spray bottle and can be easily applied and wiped off with a cloth.
- Fabric Cleaner – Fabric cleaner is used for hot tub covers made from fabric or canvas material. It’s formulated to remove dirt, stains, and mildew without damaging the material. Fabric cleaner is often available in a spray bottle and can be applied and wiped off with a soft cloth or sponge.
- All-Purpose Cleaner – An all-purpose cleaner can be used for hot tub covers made from various materials. It’s effective in removing dirt, grime, and stains from the surface of the cover. All-purpose cleaners are available in various forms, including sprays, liquids, and wipes.
A hot tub cover is essential to protect the hot tub from debris, UV rays, and other elements that can cause damage over time. A good quality cover can also help reduce heat loss, saving your customers money on their energy bills. It can also help keep children and pets safe by preventing them from accidentally falling into the hot tub. Make sure your cover is securely fastened and in good condition. Therefore, invest in a high-quality cover that fits your hot tub properly and is easy to remove and replace.
A cover lifter is a device that makes it easy to remove and replace the cover and can also help extend the cover’s life by preventing it from being dragged on the ground.
The filter is a critical component of your hot tub. It’s responsible for removing debris and contaminants from the water. Without a functioning filter, the water can quickly become dirty and cloudy. Depending on your hot tub type, you may need to clean or replace the filter every few weeks or months.
Filters play a vital role in keeping the water clean, and cleaning them regularly is essential. A filter cleaner can help remove any oils, debris, and other contaminants accumulated in the filter. In addition, a clean filter will help the hot tub operate efficiently and reduce the likelihood of clogs or breakdowns.
A thermometer is important to monitor the temperature of the hot tub water regularly as it can affect the chemical balance and overall comfort of the hot tub experience.
Most hot tubs come with a built-in temperature gauge or display. Still, you may also purchase a separate thermometer specifically designed for hot tubs. These thermometers can be placed in the water to measure the temperature and are usually easy to read.
Keeping the water temperature within the recommended range for your specific hot tub model is important, typically between 100-104°F (38-40°C). This range is considered safe and comfortable for most users. Higher temperatures can increase the risk of dehydration, overheating, and other health issues.
When using a hot tub, safety should always be a top priority. Here are some safety equipment and accessories you should have on hand:
- Safety Cover – A safety cover is an essential safety feature that helps to prevent children and pets from accidentally falling into the hot tub. The cover should be strong, secure, and able to support the weight of multiple people.
- GFCI Outlet – A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet is designed to protect against electrical shock and should be installed near the hot tub. It automatically shuts off the power if it detects an electrical fault, which can help prevent injuries.
- First Aid Kit – A first aid kit is an important safety item to have on hand in case of injuries or accidents. The kit should include items such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, gauze, and tweezers.
- Life Ring – A life ring or buoy should be kept near the hot tub in case of emergency. It can be used to rescue someone who is struggling or drowning in the water.
- Slip-Resistant Mat – A slip-resistant mat should be placed near the hot tub to help prevent slips and falls, especially if the area around the hot tub is wet.
- Steps – Hot tubs are typically elevated off the ground for proper drainage and ventilation, making it difficult for some people to climb in and out of the tub. A step provides a safe and stable platform to step on and can help to prevent slips and falls, especially if the area around the hot tub is wet. It can also help reduce the strain on your joints and muscles, making entering and exiting the hot tub easier.
- Handrails – provide extra support and stability when getting in and out of the hot tub, especially for those who may have mobility or balance issues. They can also help prevent slips and falls, which are common accidents associated with hot tubs. It’s important to ensure that the handrails are securely attached to the hot tub and can support the weight of users. Additionally, it’s a good idea to regularly check the handrails for any signs of wear or damage and replace them if necessary.
- Phone or Emergency Contact – It’s always a good idea to have a phone or emergency contact nearby in case of an emergency.
With this safety equipment and accessories on hand, you can help ensure that your hot tub experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Maintaining a hot tub requires a range of supplies to keep the water clean, safe, and comfortable. Keeping these essential supplies on hand and using them regularly ensures that your hot tub lasts longer and provides a relaxing and enjoyable experience for years.
If you have any questions, please call us; we are happy to help. We also have supplies in our showroom that you can purchase to help maintain your hot tub. In addition, we have a maintenance schedule for both your hot tub and hot tub cover that you can download for free.
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