Hot tubs are a popular way to relax and soothe aching muscles. However, a hot tub is only inviting if it is clean and doesn't have floating debris and body oils. For this reason, it is essential to keep your filter clean so it can do its job: keep your hot tub clean. In addition, keeping your filter clean will also help your hot tub function properly, potentially adding years to its life span.
To clean your hot tub filter, take it out every week and rinse it off with a hose. This is especially important if the hot tub is outdoors where leaves, pollen and bugs may clog up your filter. Simply take it out and hold the hose at a 45-degree angle and rinse everything off.
Every other week, and every time you change the water in the hot tub, clean your filter with a cleaning solution. This will help get rid of algae, body oils and other things that accumulate that a hose will not effectively remove. Most hot tub manufacturers and dealers will state that you have to use a cleaner specially designed for hot tub filters. By adhering to this suggestion, you will preserve your warranty and the filter should last around a year.
However, if you don't want to go to the expense of buying filter cleaning chemicals, chlorine bleach is effective enough to clean your filter. Know that using bleach will decrease the filter's lifespan and you may need to replace it sooner than expected. To clean your filter, mix equal parts of water and bleach and soak your filters for 15 minutes. Do not scrub the filter clean, as this can damage it. Rinse the filter well before putting them back into your hot tub.