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Tips for Spa Parts & Accessories Care

“Vinyl” Thermal Cover

After taking home your new spa, we recommend applying a thin layer of Leisure Time Cover Care & Conditioner to your thermal cover to help maintain its new appearance. Without it, direct sunlight can cause irreversible damage.

You should also clean and condition the cover on a monthly basis to keep it looking brand new. The pros here at Watson’s have put together a list of steps for cleaning and conditioning your cover.

Note: Remove the spa cover during cleaning to avoid getting soap in the spa water and baking soda on the skirt.

  1. Remove the cover from the spa and gently lean it against a wall or fence.
  2. With a garden hose, spray the cover to rinse away dirt or debris.
  3. Using a large sponge and/or a soft bristle brush, and using a very mild soap solution (1 tsp. dishwashing liquid with 2 gallons water) or baking soda, scrub the vinyl in a circular motion.  Try not to let the vinyl dry with soap film on it before it’s rinsed clean.
  4. Scrub the perimeter and the side flaps of the cover.  Rinse clean.
  5. Be sure to rinse off the underside of the cover (do not use soap or baking soda), and wipe it clean with a dry rag.
  6. To condition the vinyl cover after cleaning, apply a thin layer of Leisure Time Cover Care & Conditioner to the vinyl surface and buff to a high luster.
  7. Helpful tips:
  1. Remove heavy snow loads to prevent damage to the spa cover.  
  2. Pooling of water on the cover can be corrected by pulling the cover cores out, turning them over, and re-inserting them.
  3. Never allow children or pets on top of the spa cover.  Damaged caused by excess weight load is not covered under the limited warranty terms.

Spa Skirting

To clean your spa’s skirting, scrub the sides with a soft brush or cloth using a mild soap and water solution to remove any stains or residue.  Do not use household cleaners. For stains that can’t be removed with soap and water, use a soft rag and lightly rub the stained area.


Acrylic, Quarite, or Hope Materials

Clean the surface of your spa shell with a non-abrasive, non-sudsing cleanser to eliminate and prevent mineral build up. We recommend Leisure Time Citrabright spa surface cleaner.

After cleaning, use the Leisure Time Spa Fast Gloss, or similar product, to keep the shell sealed from dirt and debris, and to maintain luster.

Note: Always thoroughly rinse off any cleaner and use carefully to avoid eye and skin irritation.

Filter Cartridge

Cleaning and caring for your spa cartridges helps maintain the health of your spa and therefore your bathers. We recommend cleaning your cartridges monthly, depending on use, and rotating your filters monthly if using a Hot Spring spa or spas with multiple filters. Not cleaning your filters can result in spa or heater shut down, due to restricted water flow. For help cleaning your cartridges, follow the steps below.

Note: Never use the spa with the filter cartridges removed.

  1. Place the filter cartridge on a clean foundation and spray each cartridge using a garden hose.  To thoroughly remove dirt and debris, rotate the cartridges as you spray.
  2. After allowing it to dry, inspect the filter cartridges for calcium deposits or an oil film.

If, while cleaning, you notice calcium deposits or oil films in your cartridge, follow the steps below to remove them.

How to Remove Calcium Deposits

  1. Soak the filter in a 4:1 - 2:1 solution of water to muriatic acid overnight.
  2. Thoroughly rinse and dry before re-using.

Note: Refer to safety handling instructions on muriatic acid label.

How to Remove an Oil Film

  1. Soak the filter in a solution of either Leisure Time Filter Clean or Swimway Filter Clean and water, or in TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) and water. Leave overnight.
  2. Thoroughly rinse and dry before reusing.

Spa Pillows

Cleaning and caring for your spa pillows extend their life and keep your spa’s sanitation in good shape.  Clean spa pillows with a mild soap and water solution and be sure to thoroughly rinse afterwards. Apply Leisure Time Cover Care & Conditioner after cleaning to protect the pillow’s exterior. If you’re not planning to use your spa for a long period of time, or when the spa water is very chlorinated, remove the pillows.

Note: Spa pillows are not covered under any manufacturer's warranty, so it’s important to take care of them.