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How to clean a hot tub filter?

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Keeping your hot tub clean is not just a way to ensure an enjoyable bathing experience, it is also important for ongoing maintenance and to keep your spa running smoothly. One of the key aspects of keeping a hot tub clean is looking after your hot tub filter with regular cleaning and periodic replacement. Keeping a spa filter clean can have benefits that you may have not assumed including better efficiency, using fewer chemicals, and increasing jet power! This blog post will help you understand what a hot tub filter is, what it does, why it is important to keep it clean, how to clean a filter, and some useful tips and advice.

How Does A Hot Tub Filter Work?

Water is pumped through the filter by the circulation pump or massage pump to remove contaminants such as dirt and debris. The amount of water pumped through the filtration system will vary depending on the make and model of Hot Tub you own. The hot tub filter works in conjunction with chemicals and sanitisers to keep your hot tub healthy and clean.

Why Should I Keep My Hot Tub Filter Clean?

If your hot tub filter is not cleaned regularly the particles of dirt remain trapped and eventually start to build up reducing the effectiveness of the filter and the cleanliness of your water. Cleaning your filter regularly will prolong its life.

Before you start cleaning your Hot Tub Filter we recommend ensuring that you have a spare, this will allow you to continue using your hot tub whilst your other filter is out of use.

How to Clean Hot Tub Filters?

There are multiple ways to clean a hot tub filter and each can be very effective. However, you will get different results with each method, so it really depends on the amount of time and energy you’re willing to put into it.

At Aguaflo, we recommend adopting a scheduled program for hot tub filter maintenance. In doing so you can dramatically prolong the life of your spa filters and have the peace of mind that your filters are working as efficiently as possible.

Routine 1: The Very Busy Person, Little Time and Low to Medium Hot Tub Usage:

  • This routine is simple, quick, and effective but suits those who have a busy life schedule.
  • 1 DAY AFTER FILLING THE HOT TUB - Rinse Filters with a hose.
  • EVERY MONTH (DURING WATER CHANGE) - Soak Filters in filter cleaner.

Routine 2: The Busy Person - Average Spare Time - Medium Hot Tub Usage.

  • This routine is more thorough than the routine suggested above but less so than the ideal routine below.
  • 1 DAY AFTER FILLING THE HOT TUB - Rinse Filters with a hose.
  • FORTNIGHTLY - Rinse Filters with a hose.
  • EVERY MONTH - Soak Filters in filter cleaner.

Routine 3: The Less-Busy Person - Lots of Spare Time - High Hot Tub Usage.

  • This routine is the recommended routine for those that have time to clean their filters more thoroughly.
  • 1 DAY AFTER FILLING THE HOT TUB - Rinse Filters with a hose.
  • WEEKLY - Rinse Filters with a hose.
  • FORTNIGHTLY - Swap Filters with clean ones, then soak the dirty filters, allow to dry and place back in within a fortnight.

These routines are not strictly realistic but they give you an idea of how to organise the maintenance of your hot tub around your lifestyle. You may be wondering why we recommend that your filters are rinsed within one day of filling up your spa? Well, this is because tap water is dirty, so by rinsing one day after filling up, you can remove any debris or impurities that were in the tap water. The best technique is suggested in Routine 3. This involves having two or more sets of filters, constantly swapping them, and ensuring that they are dry when placing back into the hot tub to add to filtering efficiency. Obviously those of you who love a hot tub party will need to clean them thoroughly after such an event and these routines do not consider such high usage events.

If you still have questions or you need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us or call us anytime at 605 090 388.


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