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Picture this: after coming home from a long and tiring day at work, you jump into a hot bubbly spa with your better half. Can you think of anything more blissful?
If you’ve already developed a case of the winter blues, some time in your tub is the perfect remedy! But along with the relaxation comes a bit of upkeep, and neglecting your spa maintenance guarantees a headache in the long run. For this reason, we’ve put together an easy to follow maintenance guide. A regular routine throughout winter makes your upkeep a breeze!
Before we delve into our guide, the key to looking after your spa is knowing the ins and outs of your unit. Having a reasonable understanding of its features will ensure not only that you get the most out of it, but it will also speed up the process if it needs any repairs down the track.
Keep it moving
Our first tip for a pristine spa is making sure you circulate the water every day. This is where knowing your spa’s features can come in handy, as it may have an automatic circulation feature that you can program. Flowing the water through your filter will help keep it free of contaminants. Naturally the more you do it, the cleaner your water will be!
Want to know a hot tip?
The hot water in your spa extracts the oils and lotions from your skin, and your filter struggles to remove these kinds of contaminants altogether. So not only is it a good idea to have a quick shower before you jump into your spa, we also recommend cleaning your filter with BioGuard SPA Filter Renew™, to remove any oil and grease from your filter, and improve its efficiency and longevity.
It may not spark joy, but regularly cleaning your spa is essential. A spa is prone to developing grime around the water line, so a weekly scrub with BioGuard SPA Squeaky Clean™ will remove any dirt, grease or stains and keep your surfaces bright and beautiful.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to do your hardworking filter a favour by giving it a clean using BioGuard SPA Filter Renew™. It will increase the efficiency of your filter which in turn will reduce your overall maintenance cost.
On top of your weekly scrub, every 3-4 months roll up your sleeves and give your spa a deep clean. To do this, dose your spa with BioGuard SPA Swirl Away®, turn on the pump for circulation and then drain the water. This will cut through any scale and grime build up in your pipes and jets, and leave your spa sparkling. (Dosage rates differ for spa baths and outdoor spas/hot tubs. Check the label for dosage rates).
Keeping an eye on your water chemistry is vital to keeping your spa healthy throughout winter. This involves tracking the same elements as your pool: pH, alkalinity and sanitiser levels etc.
At the start of the season or a fresh fill, before you start adding any products to your spa, take a sample of your water in for a professional test at your local BioGuard Approved Retailer. From then on, we recommend testing your water at least once a week.
Aim for a pH level that sits between 7.2 – 7.6. Adding BioGuard Spa Comfort Up ™ to your water raises the pH and will not only keep you comfortable but also protect your surfaces and equipment. Equally, if you find your water is too alkaline, use BioGuard SPA Aquality™ to prevent cloudy water and prevent scale build up.
Hot water is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so to keep it safe for you and your family, regularly add a sanitiser such as BioGuard SPA Armour™. It’s both a sanitiser and an oxidiser, so this dual action product will keep your water clean and crystal clear, and best of all you can add it straight into your water. No need to mess around with pre-dissolving!
It’s also a good idea to shock your water after a period of inactivity. A shock treatment with BioGuard SPA Purity™ will ensure the water is completely sanitised before you jump back in.
Let technology do all the work
If the thought of trying to remember a weekly maintenance routine leaves you feeling overwhelmed, why not use an app to take away the mental load? These days, there are a variety of apps available for your smartphone to help you keep on track. Set it up to send you a notification every time you need to attend to a task. Never again will you forget to test your water or add a dose of sanitiser.
And don’t forget that your local BioGuard Approved Retailer is always here to help! They’re more than happy to answer any questions relating to your spa and can design a maintenance program specifically suited to your needs.
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