Important Cleaning Tips for Jacuzzis, Spas, & Whirlpools

Important Cleaning Tips for Jacuzzis, Spas, & Whirlpools

ecoTub Solutions can restore your Jacuzzi, whirlpool bath, spa tub, and air jet tub to look new and clean again. We also will run cleaners through the jets and pipes to remove mold and bacteria buildup. While we do not fix associated plumbing problems on your existing spa, we can restore the beauty to the tile and fiberglass surfaces. 

Just as it is important to have clean tubs and showers for your tenants or guests, it is essential to have a clean and sanitary spa or Jacuzzi. Water jets and air jets can often become contaminated with mold, mildew, and infectious bacteria. Spas and whirlpools have an elaborate system of pipes, jets, and nozzles. Spa baths accumulate amounts of unhygienic matter such as oils, molds, body fats, hair, bacteria from wounds, and skin tissue that builds up over time and adheres to the inside of the pump and the circulating system. It is dangerous to put consumers at risk for bacteria and disease. When one person uses the bath and leaves bacteria such as Staphylococcus or E-coli in the pipes and pumps, it can remain free to contaminate the next person to bathe.

Whether you own a home, hotel, motel, or condo; you cannot afford to have someone contract a serious or deadly disease from your bath. The spa pipes and surfaces can carry pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Salmonella, Streptococcus, Necrotizing fasciitis (Flesh-eating bacteria), E-coli, and Influenza A/H1N1. Multiple types of Molds and Mildews also plague tub surfaces, jets, nozzles, and fixtures.

Whirlpools and Air Tubs require different types of maintenance and care. Both types of spa tub provide jet massages, but the distinguishing feature is the mechanism by which the jets operate. Whirlpools shoot jets of water and Air Tubs use jets of air. While both can be relatively simple to keep clean. Water jet whirlpools must be filled during the cleaning process and air jet tubs should be emptied and the jets allowed to run through with drying air.

Whirlpools with water jets that are used often should be cleaned and sanitized more than once a month. A water jet tub that is used only on occasion may be fine being cleaned every three months. Water jet and air jet fixtures may become yellow or discolored over time. As the plastic ages, it is normal for this to occur. However, since moisture is always present in the jets and pipes of your air tub, bacteria can build up and mildew, mold, and other health risks can quickly become a problem. If you have found small black and brown flakes in your tub after the whirlpool motor is engaged, the bathtub is overdue for a cleaning.

Basic cleaning maintenance for a water jet whirlpool or Jacuzzi can be performed with these simple steps:

  • Fill the tub with hot water about three inches above the location of the highest jet.
  • Pour in approximately one half cup of bleach and two tablespoons of powdered dish washing detergent.
  • Operate the whirlpool jets for at least ten minutes with the air control fully released for maximum turbulence.
  • Turn off the whirlpool jets and allow the tub to drain.
  • Refill the bathtub with cold water to same level as before and run the jets again for another ten minutes.
  • Allow the tub to drain entirely and it will be ready for use, however, if debris is still evident, repeat the process until the jets run clear.

When your whirlpool or Jacuzzi has been professionally cleaned by ecoTub Solutions, the surfaces are smooth, shiny, and clean. Restored tile and fiberglass are much easier to keep clean than ever before. The pits, chips, scratches, and build-up that harbored dangerous pathogens will be gone. Future maintenance cleaning will become a breeze and will save you time, money, and will help keep your guests and visitors healthy.

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