It’s the leading annual global event for concretely addressing the planet’s water issues, this years’ theme “water and waste: reduce and reuse”. Following this theme, we’d like to invite you to help achieve a water wise world.
As Blue Whale Spa is a UK hot tub manufacturer, we feel the importance of developing solutions to keep your hot tub water clean as long as possible to save the planet from wasting water.
It is easier than you think to make your water last for over 3 months even with every day usage. Your hot tub water needs to be treated with certain chemicals to maintain its cleanliness and needs to regularly clean the cover and filter.
Here are a few steps you should follow to make your water last longer.
The first is obvious, shower before you dive in. Your body ill have substances on it that will contaminate a hot tub. These include sweat, soap, perfume, shampoo, deodorant so if you wash them off, the hot tub remains cleaner for much longer. The more contaminated the water becomes because of what you introduce to the water, the harder the hot tub must work to be sure it is clean. More chlorine must be added to be sure the water is clean and safe and the hot tub’s pumps and filters will have to work hard to remove these contaminates in the water. Because of the very same reason, avoid using fake tan as it dissolves into the tub water and easily can stain the shell and filters. Your swimwear only should be rinse washed without detergent. If your hot tub foaming, you will need to use anti foam, which reduces foam that can occur when incorrect cleaning products or excessive algaecide, hair products or make up, false tan creams or skin conditioners get into the water in your tub. Simply pour a capful of anti foam around the edges of your tub and watch the foam disappear.
If you use your hot tub every day, consider using a water clarifier to help clean the hot tub of all the soaps, gels, lotions that you and/or your friends, family wear into the spa. A specifically formulated surface cleaner removes any build-up of dirt that may occur around the waterline. Use it on a weekly basis.
Use test strips to measure the chemical level of your water. Dip the testing strip in your water and compare the colour of the pads on the strip to the coloured squares on the testing strip container. If the coloured pad is the same as the square patch on the container you do not need to add any chemicals. If they are different, you need to adjust your hot tubs’ chemical level, add small amounts of chemicals to the water, re-testing each time until the coloured pads match the squares on the container. Wait about 5 minutes between retests and make sure your hot tub water is running when you add chemicals, because it needs to mix in the water well.
Test the total alkalinity of your hot tub water. This is the measure of the ability of water to resist changes in pH. Total alkalinity increaser is added once the chlorine content and the Ph level are correct. You need to make sure that your hot tub’s pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8. It means that you will need either a pH increaser or a pH reducer to keep the pH within a safe level.
Sanitise your water. A sanitiser, chlorine or bromine can be used in either granule or tablet form. Chlorine is the old standard for sanitising your hot tub. The granules dissolve into the tub water and it can be used to boost chlorine levels quickly. Tablets are slower to dissolve and are floated around in the hot tub. This can keep chlorine levels more stable, reducing the need for regularly dissolving granules into the water. But don’t overload the dispenser as this can overdose the tub. Don’t forget, never mix chlorine and bromine in the same water!
Do you have hard water? If your hot tub has too much calcium hardness, it will cause scales to form in your hot tub. You can use our anti scale product to protect against these scales. Just add a couple of capfuls of anti scale to reduce the build-up of scale and any staining that may occur.
Use oxidiser (shock) in your hot tub. This should be used as directed on the package once a week or after the spa has been used for several hours by a large group. There are however various other things that affect the quality of your water as the tub is used. These chemicals should be used sparingly in small amounts retesting after each addition of chemicals.
Clean your filters every two weeks. We provide you with a filter with your hot tub, but recommended having a spare filter, so you can constantly enjoy your hot tub. This is the most effective method of extending filter life, as you have a pair or two sets of filters to rotate. Whilst one set is in the tub working, the other set is cleaned and dried out and then when it is time to clean the filter again you simply replace with the clean dry filter.
There are two ways you can clean your filter.
- Using a hose, run water over each pleat in the cartridge and clean any dirt and foreign matter out of the filter with an old brush.
- You can use our instant cleaner sprays that can keep your filters clean by removing debris, oils, body fats and dirt from spa cartridge filters, utilising a unique “No Soak” formula to minimise down time of your hot tub.
Keep your cover in good working conditions. Cleaning your cover regularly and using a vinyl conditioner can help you make your cover last longer and prevent water ingress which makes the cover heavy and unmanageable.
We believe that water is the source of the life, the optimal medium for humans. The ideal temperature gives you the feeling of comfort and tranquillity. The effects are unique, which cannot be replicated by chemicals or other methods. Using less water in your hot tub will help you cut down your energy bills and reduce your water footprint. Reduce your water use and help fight climate change.
Please visit our accessories page to see our water saving products.