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A Beginner’s Guide to Spa & Hot Tub Care & Maintenance

Cheers to your new spa! Whether you want more relaxation, less stress, or a place to entertain, we’re sure you’re going to love it. But before you say spaa-aah, you’ll need to learn the basics around spa and hot tub care and maintenance. Here you’ll find all the information you and your family need to soak up your heart’s delight. If you need a little extra guidance, attend one of our spa classes or reference our service policy for help.

Read First: Spa & Hot Tub Safety

Owning a spa is an amazing experience, but it also means that you’re responsible for making sure your friends and family are as safe as possible. Follow these simple guidelines to avoid potential risks and injuries. Remember, with great relaxation comes great responsibility.

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General Spa & Hot Tub Care & Maintenance

To keep your spa clean, refreshing, and working properly, we recommended you perform these basic spa maintenance tasks on a consistent basis. You may find that you want to perform these tasks more or less frequently than our recommendations. You should do what you think is best for your newest home addition. However, not performing these tasks often enough could result in issues not covered by warranty.

*Please note that this guide covers general information for all spa types. For specific information regarding your exact model’s installation, use, and maintenance, refer to the manufacturer’s owner’s manual.





Clean/rinse filters Test GFCI Drain and refill spa Remove and soak jets in cleaning solution
Maintain chemicals Clean and inspect power pack area Clean and polish spa shell Visually inspect inside power pack & provide annual service check-up
  Clean filter cartridge Clean cover with saddle soap and apply conditioner Replace filters

Tips for Spa Parts & Accessories Care

Your spa de-stresses your mind, relaxes your muscles, and transforms your backyard into a vacation getaway. So, take care of your spa just as well as it takes care of you. Your spa’s skirting, shell, cartridges, and pillows are all parts and accessories that require just as much care as the spa itself.

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Spa & Hot Tub Water Chemistry 101

In order for your spa to be the oasis of your dreams, it needs to stay clean and balanced. That’s where chemicals come in. Maintaining a spa’s chemistry dictates the cleanliness, clarity, color, and safety of your water and is important if you want a worry-free soak. Below is a general maintenance schedule, but please refer to your manufacturer’s specific instructions, as well as our detailed list of steps.





Test pH and total alkalinity Add granular chlorine Test pH and total alkalinity Empty water and clean every 3-4 months
Add granular chlorine Add Leisure Time Enzyme, Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect or Swimway Natural Enzyme Add granular chlorine Add Leisure Time Renew tabs or Swimway Non-Chlorine Shock
Add Leisure Time Spa Defender or Swimway Scale Preventer     Hose off filter cartridge monthly
      Deep clean filters

9 Easy Steps for Setting Up Your Spa or Hot Tub

We know that you’ll want to get your new spa up and running the second you pull into the driveway. However, it’s important that everything is set up correctly the first time around so that each experience afterwards is flawless.

Follow these steps to set up your spa for the first time.

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Spa & Hot Tub Winterization

Slipping beneath the warm ripples of your spa in the heart of winter is a one-of-a-kind feeling. If you’re planning on soaking during those colder months, make sure your water temperature is well above freezing. You can do this by switching your spa from economy/sleep mode to standard mode and checking the temperature frequently.

If you don’t intend to use your spa during the winter months, you’ll need to winterize your spa to avoid complications.

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Spa & Hot Tub Re-Opening

The birds are chirping, the grass is growing, and your spa is waiting. If you didn’t use your spa during the winter months, make sure you reopen your spa correctly. To prepare for your first dip back in, follow our general instructions and refer to your owner’s manual for your specific make and model steps.

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Electrical Requirements

Powering up your spa correctly is imperative for your bather’s safety and spa’s functionality. Reference our general wiring guides for information on power supply equipment packs, breaker panels, sub-panels, and electrical requirements for powering your spa.

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