Ask Kim: What do I need to know about cleaning my hot tub cover?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany people often overlook cleaning their hot tub cover but it’s an important part of the maintenance routine. Without proper maintenance, your cover may begin to crack, fade, become heavier and even begin to stink. Be prepared to clean your cover every two weeks, by wiping it down and taking an extra few moments to inspect for any damages.

Use a standard garden hose to loosen up debris and dirt on the cover. The hot tub cover features a special top coat of vinyl that can become cracked or faded when exposed to harsh chemicals or weather elements. Select a product designed to clean hot tub covers such as Cover Care by Natural Chemistry. Avoid using cleaners with oil, bleach, silicone, detergent or alcohol, which will destroy the top coat. The use of an oil-based product will actually attract the sun’s rays faster causing the cover to deteriorate faster. Additionally, try to limit the cover’s exposure to sunlight or winter elements by concealing it with a plastic tarp.

It’s also important to maintain the proper chemical levels to keep the integrity of the cover and protect your investment. If the water is unbalanced the acidic elements may cause the cover to come apart at the seams, bulge and even become discolored.

The cover includes foam pieces, which can become bogged down in water making it extremely heavy. To help keep your cover light, unzip the edges for a few hours to let the cover dry out.

Following all of these steps will help keep the musty odor away.

Have a question? Please use the “Contact Section” to submit a question about your pool or hot tub.

-Kim

 

Top 7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Hot Tub in Cold Weather

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the temperature outside continues to drop, the temperature of your hot tub stays nice & warm. While swimming & soaking aren’t often thought of as a winter recreational activity doesn’t mean you should forget about your hot tub! Here are the top 7 reasons to enjoy your hot tub in the cold weather.

  1. Reduce stress and anxiety. With the holidays upon us, stress and anxiety can rise. Soaking in a hot tub raises your body temperature which releases stress-fighting hormones, allowing you to relax and ready to conquer the rest of your day.
  2. Improves sleep. Similar to a bath or long shower, soaking in a hot tub increases your body temperature which helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
  3. Alleviates joint pain. Being in water makes you 90% more buoyant than being on land. This feeling of floating takes the tension and weight off your joints and allows them to relax.
  4. Healthy for your heart. Your heart rate increases and your blood pressure decreases when soaking in a hot tub. However, if you have heart problems please consult your doctor before enjoying a hot tub.
  5. Lose toxins. Sweating allows your body to relieve itself of toxins. This will also help with sore throats, congestion and sinuses.
  6. Clear skin. Increased circulation within your body means more nutrients are being delivered to your skin. Not to mention that stress and anxiety are a leading cause of aging skin as well. Soaking in a hot tub is a win for your skin.
  7. Improves mood. Just like at a beach, being in a hot tub makes you feel warm, relaxed and happy. For most of us, access to the beach is limited but a hot tub is within walking distance from your back door.

Improve your mind and body through hot tubs this year & make the winter blues drift away.

Ask Kim: What Temperature Should My Hot Tub Be?

Mud Slingers Hot TubAsk Kim: What temperature should my hot tub be?

Maintaining a consistent temperature is an important component in staying safe while using a hot tub. Many rookie and experienced hot tub owners wonder exactly what temperature their hot tub should be at. While the water may feel good, it might not be safe for you.

Despite the limits (or lack thereof) on your temperature settings, 104°F is the maximum temperature you should set your hot tub. Anything higher than 104°F is considered unsafe and can lead to overheating or heat exhaustion.

Typically, hot tub temperatures range from 100 – 102°F, which feels warm while being safe for your body to be in and safely adjust. Anything under 100°F is still safe for you but may not feel as enjoyable. However, new owners should start their hot tub temperatures off at around 98°F and slowly increase after that in order to adjust your new equipment.

Consistent temperature maintenance is important not only for you but also for your budget. Like your air conditioner, you may want to turn down your hot tub temperature when you’re not using it to save money. This is actually the opposite of what you want to do! In the long run, you are creating more work and using more energy for your hot tub to heat back up each time you want to use it. Maintaining a consistent temperature is key.

Have a question? Please use the “Contact Section” to submit a question about your pool or hot tub.

-Kim