A hot tub cover is an integral piece of equipment that can protect your hot tub from harsh weather conditions and animals. Hot tub covers are a necessity for most people. They can be costly and require various measures to maintain.
Once a month, or every few months, is ideal for maintaining your hot tub cover. It will keep it looking great for years and protecting it from the elements. In this article, we'll share with you some tips on how to extend the lifespan of your spa cover.
There are plenty of great tips and tricks to keep your hot tub covers looking their best. Keep reading to learn more!
Ten Hot Tub Cover Care Tips
- Clean your spa cover monthly with mild liquid dish soap or hand soap diluted in water. Hose the cover off, and use an old towel to dry.
- Use cover wipes or apply a vinyl conditioner like Vinyl Protectant or Spa Cover Conditioner and Protector.
- Do not use an abrasive sponge. Use a small, clean hand towel, regular sponge or soft bristled brush.
- Use a Spa Cover lifter, to avoid damage while moving it, or while stored.
- Keep your spa cover latched while it's on; use Wind Straps in areas of high winds or hurricanes.
- Remove your spa cover for an hour, at least twice weekly, to allow it to "gas off" and dry out.
- If you have Tree Sap on the cover you can remove this by rubbing some vegetable oil on the sap.
- Mildew can be removed with a vinegar solution cleaning, rinsing, and a thorough drying.
- Don't allow kids or large animals to stand or sit on the spa cover.
- Remove snow accumulation of more than 12 inches.
Mildew Growth in Spa Covers
Protectants are made to protect the vinyl cover from the sun's rays and prevent it from fading. However, they can also cause minor staining when used correctly.
Protectants are formulated to protect your vinyl cover from the sun's rays. They can also prevent the spread of mildew.
The underside of the cover should be removed weekly to allow it to dry. This is also important to prevent the growth of mildew.
Most hot tub owners use their tub at least three times a week to allow the cover to be exposed to the air. If you do not regularly use your tub make sure to open the cover at least twice a week to allow the water to breathe.
There is no organic content in the cover to grow mildew, so if the issue appears due to improper chemical levels then it is most likely caused by the spa's lack of exposure to the sun.
In extreme cases, the cover should be unzipped to allow the cleaning solution to penetrate the foam core and the fabric. Ideally, it should be placed in the sun and warmed up.With simple maintenance you can further extend the life of your new spa cover.
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