October 6, 2017
When Should You Replace Your Hot Tub Cover?
Sure, your hot tub cover is attractive. But, it’s not just an accessory.
It holds a very important job and that’s helping keep your hot tub clean and costs low by keeping the heat in.
The cover also prevents excess evaporation, helping you conserve water. It prevents debris and objects that could clog the hot tub filters from falling into the spa. Maintaining the cover in good condition is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your spa operating at its very best.
Yet, sometimes it’s time to replace the cover. In this article, we answer the question, “When should you replace your hot tub cover?”
Know the Signs
Spa covers are designed to last for a long time. But like any object exposed to sunlight and weather over time, your hot tub cover will eventually show signs of wear. Inspect your spa cover monthly for warning signs.
Replace your hot tub cover if:
- You see breaks, cracks, tears, fading or sagging. Deteriorating condition and changes in shape could cause the cover to let heat and water vapor out, and dust and debris in. Look for dry or brittle texture in addition to holes and other visible signs of breakage.
- Your hot tub cover is waterlogged. When the vapor barrier fails the inner foam absorbs water, creating a perfect environment for bacteria and mildew to grow. Not only is a waterlogged cover a health hazard, it could lead to accelerated deterioration of the other parts of your spa.
Regular Maintenance Matters
Clean your cover:
To keep your spa cover looking great and doing its job, periodically clean it.
To clean the cover, remove it from the spa and lightly spray the outside surface with a garden hose. Then use a very mild soap solution (1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap to 2 gallons of water) or baking soda and a large sponge to gently scrub the cover using a circular motion. Work in sections and rinse each area before the soap dries on the vinyl.
Then condition the cover with a thin film of Hot Spring Cover Shield™. On the inside surface, use water only and wipe it clean with a dry towel.
Let the spa breathe:
When you treat or clean the spa itself or the water in it, leave the cover off for about half an hour immediately afterwards. Water purification agents need air to mix properly. Covering the spa immediately after adding chemicals can trap vapors inside that work against the longevity of the vinyl.
Take care of your cover. Don’t put anything heavy on it, or it might stretch and sag, speeding up its deterioration. Your hot tub cover is not a table.
Also, remove snow and ice from the cover in the winter. Don’t pry it off, or you might tear the cover. Gently loosen it with warm water.
Don’t try to handle it on your own. Either get someone to help you or ask us about our hot tub cover lifters.
Questions? Let us know!