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
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