Protecting Your Hot Tub / Spa Cover

Protecting Your Hot Tub / Spa Cover
December 08/2015

Creating hot tub / spa covers that last ‘forever’ is a huge challenge because spa and hot tub covers must be thermal and efficient to keep the water hot, lightweight for easy handling, and cost effective.

So far good-quality polystyrene foam and heavyweight marine-grade vinyl (UV-treated & anti-microbial), along with other non-corrosive, treated elements have provided the best solution to these key needs. Spa / hot tub covers should last, if treated properly, an average of three to five years, and even then, good care can mean that only replacement parts may be needed instead of an entire cover.

The first and best advice is to leave the cover off your spa or hot tub for at least 30-45 minutes after adding chemicals to allow fumes to disperse. This cuts down a lot of wear and tear on the polyethylene moisture barrier encasing the foam cores. If fumes begin to compromise the moisture barrier, moisture can seep into the foam cores.

Have your water balanced professionally as often as possible. If you have an ozonator and you are not using the spa or hot tub frequently, open the cover to let the gas out periodically. (You still need to maintain your water with properly balanced chemicals if you are using an ozonator!)

Flip your cores twice a year to prevent pooling and constant exposure to chemicals on one side of the core. A cover lifter also helps keep foam from getting cracked, and skirts and straps from being used as handles, which tears them out of the seams.

Keep your hot tub or spa cover clean. Wash gently with mild detergent and warm water and steer clear of solvents and harsh cleaners such as bleach. Clean thoroughly at least twice a year and hose down or brush off gently in-between.

Keep snow and ice build-up off yout spa or hot tub cover in the winter, but use a broom rather than a shovel! Use a conditioner designed to treat hot tub covers (make sure it contains no silicone) and keep the vinyl supple. Saddle soap takes a little work, but applied properly and rubbed into the seams, it will protect the vinyl top for quite some time!

Last but not least, call your spa cover manufacturer if you have a special situation and are unsure how to handle it! A cared-for hot tub cover will save you money, and that is always a good feeling!

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