How To Clean And Maintain Backyard Swim Spas

Posted on: 24 January 2019

If you'd like to transform your backyard into a relaxing retreat, consider installing a swim spa. Larger than a hot tub but smaller than a traditional swimming pool, swim spas combine the best of both options. They're ideal for when you want a swimming pool and a hot tub, but only have the outdoor space for one or the other. 

Wider and longer than classic hot tubs, swim spas will allow you to comfortably swim laps, combining fun with fitness. Hydrotherapy jets, which you can easily turn on and off, provide a therapeutic massage after a long day at work or after a vigorous workout. Most spas range from 82 to 104 degrees, depending on your preference. 

In addition to being a place to exercise and relax, the spas are perfect for entertaining friends and loved ones during backyard barbecues, summer holiday parties and during birthday celebrations. Some swim spas even feature underwater lighting for nighttime soirees.

To keep the spas, which are commonly constructed of easy-to-clean sculpted acrylic, looking and performing it's best, keep these maintenance tips in mind:

1. Daily Cleaning

On a daily basis, keep your spa's water clean by skimming off the surface with a net to remove any sticks, leaves, dead bugs and other debris. It's best to keep a cover on the spa when it's not in use to protect it from the elements. 

During times of frequent use, such as during the spring and summer months, check the water's chemical balance every day or every other day. Make sure that the pH and chlorine levels are properly balanced to protect swimmers' skin and kill any germs and bacteria.

Before entertaining the spa, ask friends and family members to have a shower to remove any oils, such as lotion, from their skin. Consider installing an outdoor shower near the spa for convenience.

2. Monthly Cleaning

Once a month, clean the spa's filter cartridge by completely removing it and soaking it in a bleach and water mixture for up to two hours. As a more eco-friendly option, you can use distilled white vinegar instead of the bleach. Rinse the filter thoroughly with plain water before placing it back into the spa.

3. Deep Cleaning

Completely drain the spa's water after three months of continuous use, or six months during times of infrequent use. When the spa is empty, scrub the acrylic tub down using the recommended cleaners and a sponge. Replace with clean water and restore the chemical balance.