Cleaning Your Jetted Tub - A jetted tub requires special care needs for cleaning!

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

A jetted tub requires special care needs for cleaning with some surprises in store. Surprisingly, most problems come from simply adding bath salts or oils that are incompatible with your tub's operating system.

So before you take that first relaxing dip, read the manufacturer's guidelines on whether or not you can use common bath enhancers such as bath salts and oils, or if there are any preferred brands. Similarly, when you buy bath additives, make certain they are guaranteed for use in jetted tubs.  

If you own a water-jetted tub, the water pump can become damaged by bath salts, oils, and bubble baths, and even some kinds of soaps.

Cleaning jetted tubs

Not all manufacturers spell out how to clean and care for jetted tubs, but there are some general guidelines. 

Your jetted tub needs a weekly system cleaning whether you use the jets or not, since water enters the tubing and just sits, actually promoting faster bacteria growth than if you use the jets every day.

Skin deposits, grease, oils, mold, bacteria, and algae must be cleaned out of the piping so that build up doesn't clog the pipes. Consider also that bath water is recirculated back into the tub. 

Check your manufacturer's instructions on proper cleaning and frequency.  Generally, cleaning the inside of the tub with a non-abrasive cleanser designed for hydrotherapy baths is recommended.  This involves following the initial cleaning with filling the tub with warm water and adding a cup of bleach.  When the jets have been run for 10 minutes, drain the water and rinse the inside, then fill the tub again.  Run the jets for another few minutes to clear away any remaining bleach, then drain the tub.

Deeper cleaning of the jets involves more.  You'll need rubber gloves.  Fill the sink or a bucket with hot water and about a half teaspoon of powdered dish soap.  Using a bottle brush, scrub inside and around the jets.  Then, fill the tub with water, add a ½ cup bleach with 2 teaspoons or 2 tablets of dish-washing detergent.  Run jets for two minutes, then drain.  Refill with cold water and run again for about five minutes and drain again.  Wipe down the surfaces with a clean, damp sponge and wipe the metal fixtures with a dry cloth.

Bio-cleaning products claim to completely get the build-up out of jetted tubs.  Manufacturers state that these eco-friendly products are the only true way to clean and disinfect a jetted tub.  The products are designed to cut through grease and oil to purge the jets and pipes of build-up, yet are environmentally safe.  Some manufacturers such as Jacuzzi sell branded jetted tub cleaners, as well.

If you prefer to go "green," use 2 cups of white distilled vinegar with 1 cup of salt, running the jets for about 15 minutes.  Drain the tub, then rinse the surface and jets.  Wipe dry with a clean, microfiber cloth.  

You can buy a system that will purge unwanted bacteria and residue after each bath.  Without such a system, hand cleaning will do, just make sure that you use products that are safe for the tub surface, the environment, and to you.

Caring for your jetted tub is easy.  Just keep it clean

Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I will pass this information on to my clients that have jet tubs!  Thanks for posting!

May 15, 2010 04:44 PM #1
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Good info, Anthony!  Jetted tubs are nice after a hard day but do require special care to keep them functioning properly.

May 15, 2010 04:45 PM #2
Robin Dampier REALTORĀ®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Thanks for the info Anthony and I wish I would have known before I insisted on having jet tub!  It's now long gone at a great expense of re-doing the bathroom!

We hardly used it and than it developed an awful smell that we just couldn't get rid of.  We called many places to find a solution but finally gave up and changed the bathroom.  The problem was us of course because we didn't know or find out how to properly use it.

Sue of Robin and Sue

May 15, 2010 04:52 PM #3
David North
Coldwell Banker Bain - Duvall, WA
for a rewarding real estate experience

Good information on a topic I think a lot of people take for granted.  Jetted tubs do require care and maintenance.

May 15, 2010 04:57 PM #4
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Great information Anthony, I will retain it for my clients!

May 15, 2010 05:02 PM #5
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

Being in real estate, I buy investment property, live in them awhile and then sell them.  I will never install a jetted tub, again.  I love them but if you use the home as a vacation home that water sits in those pipes and stagnates.  You have to fill the tub, flush the pipes, drain again before you fill to soak.  I love the new deep soak tubs but no more jets.

May 15, 2010 05:06 PM #6
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Thanks for the info Anthony.  I knew we needed to clean our jetted tub regularly, but had no idea adding bath oils or salts could affect it.  Thanks.

May 15, 2010 05:13 PM #7
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Anthony - When I see jetted tup I will check the pipes and run water through.

May 15, 2010 06:09 PM #8
Fred Sweezer Sr.
Hud Certified 203K Consultant - Long Beach, CA
Certified Home Inspector

Very good advice! it the same advice a home inspector would give as well!

May 16, 2010 07:26 AM #9
Dona Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers - Saint Joseph, MO
St. Joseph MO

Anthony, Thanks for the valuable tips on jetted tubs..I like the going Green cleaning.  Very informative info!

May 20, 2010 05:15 PM #10
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

This is great information.  So many of us (including me) forget to take care of this because we don't use it much.  I am going to reblog this.

May 21, 2010 01:00 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing these tips. Lot of home owners do not know about the needed maintenance.

 Blooming for Maryland home buyers.

May 21, 2010 01:06 AM #12
Avi Manda


Did you know that even after you clean your jetted bathtub it may still contain dangerous bacteria and may be unsafe to use? Jetted bathtubs have plumbing lines that contain stagnant water; these plumbing lines are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other dangerous microorganisms. Eventually a microbial buildup known as biofilm will form exposing who ever is using the tub to dangerous bacteria and putting them at risk of infection. In addition to being dangerous, biofilm is also difficult to clean. Because of its biological properties biofilm is far less susceptible to traditional cleaners like Chlorine and Bromine. We at Scientific Biofilm Solutions have made it our goal to create a product that will clean disgusting biofilm from your jetted bathtub making for a clean and safe bathing experience. Our product ‘Oh Yuk’ is a specially formulated chemical designed to get rid of dangerous biofilm lurking inside of your jetted tub. By cleaning your jetted tub with ‘Oh Yuk’ after every use your jetted tub will be cleaner, safer and easier to take care of. Please visit our website for more information about ‘Oh Yuk’.


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