Your spa should be drained, cleaned, and refilled with fresh water at least every 4 months, sooner under heavy bather loads. We recommend changing your spa’s water more frequently versus continuing to add chemicals to cure a bad water condition.
To clean your spa, remove the filter cartridges, add spa flush, and allow to circulate according to the directions. Then drain it, wash it out with solution of spa flush and water on a soft cloth, rinse, and refill. Clean your filter cartridge following the steps in Filter Maintenance below. Many stains around drains and inlets have to be cleaned by hand, but they can be kept from returning. Stain & Scale and Metal Control can reduce or eliminate the buildup of stains. If your spa is equipped with a skimmer, clean it of hair and debris after each use. In addition, check the skimmer frequently. Clean you spa cover regularly and apply a cover conditioner to protect the surface.
Operate your filtration system a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per day. The amount of filtration time will vary according to the size of your spa, pump and filter, and bather load. If the water does not remain clear, continue reading this section and then see Spa Water Isn’t Clear above.
The purpose of filtration is to trap and remove larger particles of debris. These particles are not entirely removed from your water system until the cartridge is removed and thoroughly cleaned. Therefore, your filter cartridges should be cleaned regularly. Water clarifier should be used at least once a week in your spa to assist in the filtration process. Water clarifier will coagulate suspended particles from the spa water, allowing them to be filtered much easier.
Your spa filter cartridge(s) should be inspected weekly for signs of debris or discoloration. Typically, you will need to clean the filter cartridge once or twice a month at the least, more often for heavier bathing loads. Follow these directions to
clean your filter cartridge:
- Remove your filter cartridge(s) from your spa.
- Put a spare set of filter cartridges back in your spa.
- Using a garden hose, rinse off the filter cartridge on a weekly basis to help prolong the filter life. (Do not pressure wash as it will ruin the fibers of the filter.)
- Brush the pleats with a soft brush to dislodge debris.
- Soak the filter cartridge in Filter Fresh Cartridge Cleaner following the label directions. The filter cleaner will remove oil-based contaminates that will not normally be removed by rinsing the cartridge alone. If the filter cartridge is not a white color but brownish, you’ll need to use the Filter Cartridge Cleaner.
- Brush the pleats once again to dislodge any debris.
- Rinse off the filter cartridge again trying to get most of the debris out from in between the pleats.
- Allow your filter cartridge to dry about 24 to 48 hours. It will be easier to remove the majority of the debris between the pleats when the cartridge is dry.
- Use a soft brush to remove the remainder of the debris from between the pleats of the cartridge.