23 June 2015
Looking after your spa, sauna and hot tub
There’s no better way to relax after a hard day’s work than by unwinding in your luxury home spa. It’s pretty hard not to shrug off the stresses of corporate life when you’re relaxing in the sauna or enjoying the soothing bubbles in the hot tub. However, if you don’t follow a regular maintenance schedule, a home spa can quickly lose its allure. In this blog we give you a few key tips to help you keep your spa, sauna and hot tub in perfect condition - and ready to use whenever you need to chill out.
Sauna maintenance is relatively straightforward and preventative measures are usually enough to stop the sauna going from chic to shabby. After using the sauna, quickly brush walls, floors and benches. If stains do start to appear, deal with them immediately using a proprietary sauna cleaning kit. To keep benches in pristine condition, periodically sand them down gently.
The biggest concern for hot tub maintenance is the water quality. Every day before use, test the pH levels of the water. If the reading is outside the range of 7.2-7.6, add pH increaser or pH decreaser, as instructed on the container, to bring the pH level back to equilibrium (for more information about the importance of pH levels, check out this blog). For hygiene purposes, it is recommended that you change the water every few months and shock the water with an oxidising agent on a weekly basis.
On a monthly basis, clean the vinyl on the cover of the hot tub - use a suitable cleaner and wipe thoroughly. When cleaning the shell of the hot tub, use only cleaning products specifically designed for hot tubs, as household cleaning agents may damage the shell. When it comes to cleaning the filter cartridges, a spray cleaner is recommended - this should be performed on a monthly basis and it’s a good idea to keep spare cartridges to avoid any downtime.
On a daily basis, mop the spa area, removing debris or stains from the floor. Natural products such as white vinegar are excellent for cleaning the floor and walls, and scented oils are an ideal choice for polishing the furniture. It’s a good idea to keep the air circulating in and out of the spa area, to maintain a nice fresh aroma. Instead of generic air fresheners, you may wish to consider incense and scattering plants throughout the spa area to preserve a more natural, refreshing scent. On a weekly basis, dust the pipes, clean the floor with disinfectant and clean any glass items thoroughly.
Service at Hand
If you prefer not to tackle these repetitive jobs yourself, they can all be taken care of by a professional service engineer who can visit as regularly as necessary. We take all the work away; you simply sit back and relax.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.