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How Hot Tub Covers Help Your Spa Stay Clean

Outdoor hot tub with a cover on placed by the water.

You’ve invested in an outdoor hot tub, now you want to make sure it’s looked after to enjoy for many years to come. A priority is a cover to protect the hot tub – keeping the water in and things like leaves and bugs out. It’s essential to buy the right cover for your hot tub, your needs and the overall backyard situation. Choose wisely and it will save you money in the long term. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at how exactly a spa cover can help keep your hot tub clean.

Why Do I Need a Hot Tub Cover?

On a basic level, hot tub covers prevent outdoor elements from being blown into the water. Even if your hot tub is indoors, the cover will still keep dust and pet hair out.

From a safety point of view, hot tub covers mean animals and small children can’t find their way into the water when they are unattended. Look out for a locking cover to help prevent accidents from happening and maintain a safer backyard.

It’s also wise to consider the problems of evaporation in an outdoor hot tub and that’s why hot tub covers are so important. We all know that some of your water ends up in the air, especially if the air where you live is dry, this means water levels will drop, costing you money to top it up.

Annoyingly, evaporation will suck hot tub chemicals and heat out, which means sanitizer levels are thrown off and your hot tub will have to work harder to keep the water hot. Using a hot tub cover that fits well, with no gaps, will keep the heat and chemicals locked inside.

How to Keep my Hot Tub Cover Clean

Basic maintenance and regular deep cleaning will help keep your outdoor hot tub and the cover in perfect shape. This helps to limit sun damage, prevent mold and avoid premature chemical damage.

Regularly brush any debris from the cover, you’ll see outdoor hot tub covers are wedge-shaped, so rainwater will run off. Then use a soft broom – anything sharp could tear the vinyl - to clear leaves, sticks, bugs, and other debris.

A couple of times a month, prevent mold growth damage by removing the cover completely, laying it flat on a non-abrasive surface, spraying it with a hose and cover cleaner, then following the instructions to wipe or rinse it clean. Be careful not to use a cleaner that contains alcohol, detergent, oil or silicone. Speak with the experts at Outback Pools and Spas to find the right cleaning product for your hot tub cover.

Then, wipe the bottom of the hot tub cover with a solution of 1:10 parts distilled white vinegar to water and apply a vinyl protectant or conditioner to give your cover extra UV protection, keeping the vinyl soft and preventing cracking.

Top Tips

  • Hot tub covers must be allowed to dry out occasionally, so take it off once a month while you clean the shell and balance the water, then let it dry completely before replacing it
  • Test hot tub chemicals weekly to balance the water to prevent bacteria and algae from growing

Hot tub covers in Wichita falls

Get in touch with the experts at Outback Pools and Spas for help and information on fitting, maintenance and care of a hot tub cover at our showroom in Wichita Falls, Texas. Our team of experts would be happy to help you find the right cover for your outdoor hot tub and make sure that it lasts for years to come.

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