So, you’ve just got your brand-new hot tub – you weighed up the options, chose the perfect model for you, and now there’s nothing left to do but enjoy long relaxing soaks, all summer long, right?

Well, unfortunately it’s not quite that simple. There are a few basic hot tub maintenance tasks that you need to know about. Caring for a hot tub isn’t a very intensive process, but there are a few simple things you’ll need to keep an eye on. Get these few things right, and you’ll be well on your way to floating in your tub without a care in the world!

1.     Make sure you know the details of your tub

Before you start any maintenance tasks, the first thing to do is make sure you understand the basics. Ensure you know the make and model of your hot tub, as well as how much water it holds. Having all this information to hand will make the rest of your hot tub maintenance much easier.

The other thing to ensure you’ve got to hand is the manufacturer’s manual. In many cases, this will cover off many of the maintenance tasks you need to complete, as well as letting you know exactly how to do them. You should always follow the instructions in the manual, as these may affect your warranty. Plus, the manufacturer will give you the right instructions for your make and model.

2.    Keep the water flowing

One of the most important maintenance tasks for your hot tub is to ensure you keep water circulating around the tub often. As you run water through the filters of the tub, the water is cleaned, helping to keep it free of contaminants.

If you don’t do this, over time contaminants may build up and this can cause more serious maintenance issues. Water that’s allowed to just sit around will simply get dirtier over time, and you’ll end up with a much bigger cleaning job on your hands.

Many hot tubs have an automatic schedule which will turn on the jets and filtration system for a period of time once or twice a day. If your tub doesn’t have a schedule that does this, it’s worth turning the circulation system on at least once a day, for around 15 minutes.

This can of course be when you’re using it – so if you’re a frequent user, don’t worry about this too much. Although, having said this, we’d generally recommend leaving the circulation system on for a little while after you get out, just to allow the filters to clean out the water.

3.    Give your tub a clean

We’ve written before about how to keep your hot tub clean, as well as how to tackle the trickier hot tub stains, scum and scale.

The thing is, when it comes to beginner hot tub maintenance, your cleaning routine should be fairly common sense. It’s just about keeping your spa clean – remove any debris as and when you see it and give the inside of your hot tub a wipe with a sponge about once a week. The key here is just to think about how often you’d clean other parts of your home, like sinks and baths – just give it a wipe when it gets dirty, ideally around once per week.

On top of this basic maintenance, you’ll also need to occasionally drain your hot tub completely and give it a thorough clean. Expect to have to do this around every 3-5 months, or possibly more frequently if you use it a lot.

You also need to take care of the filters – as we mentioned earlier, these do a lot of work when it comes to keeping the water in your tub clean. So, take them out and rinse them about once per week, when you clean the rest of the tub, and give them a spray with filter cleaner.

4.    Keep the water chemistry balanced

This last one is often considered to be the trickiest part of hot tub maintenance. However, it doesn’t have to be too much hassle. Luckily for you, we’ve already written in-depth guides on balancing your hot tub water, as well as on shocking your tub, and the merits of chlorine vs. bromine. We’ll give you a quick run-through here – but we’d recommend digging into our articles to get all the details you’ll need.

The main things you need to keep on top of with hot tub water chemistry is pH and alkalinity. You can test these using test strips, so make sure you’ve got plenty of these. To keep these balanced, it’s just about making slow, careful alterations to the water, adding pH increaser or decreaser as required. Make sure you give these chemicals enough time to work – if you don’t wait, you won’t get accurate readings and it’ll be much harder to get the balance right.

5.    Make a checklist or schedule

Now you know which hot tub maintenance tasks you’ll need to complete, it’s worth taking a little bit of time to create a checklist or schedule you can refer to. Once you’ve got everything planned out, it’ll be much easier to follow and taking care of your hot tub will be a breeze!

Separate out your hot tub maintenance tasks into daily, weekly and monthly items, and then simply write these down. Then, you’ll always know which tasks you need to take care of.

Looking after your hot tub shouldn’t be a massive chore. With a little bit of planning, you can easily get on top of all the hot tub maintenance tasks you need to accomplish.

If you’re after some help with your hot tub, speak to BMS Spas. When it comes to hot tub maintenance or repair, there’s nothing we don’t know! From service packages to one-off repair jobs, we can handle everything to do with your hot tub. Get in touch today.