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How To: The Care and Keeping of Your Hot Tub Cover

Having a hot tub can be an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable experience but there is some maintenance that goes into it. It’s pretty common knowledge among hot tub owners that a quality hot tub cover will help maintain your hot tub and keep it clean, but did you know that there are some considerations that should go into caring for your hot tub cover?

With proper maintenance and regular cleaning, quality hot tub covers like the ones we carry at The Hot Tub Store can last many years. In this article, we’ll discuss how to care for your hot tub cover so that you can get the most out of it for years to come.

Clean the cover regularly

Cleaning your hot tub cover is essential for maintaining its effectiveness. Regular cleaning helps reduce bacteria and mold growth that can accumulate over time so cleaning the cover will also help ensure that the edges of the hot tub barrier stay in good condition. A little effort spent ensuring that there are no gaps or openings where air and heat can escape will keep your energy bills down and prevent any unpleasant odors from developing in the hot tub area.

After cleaning your hot tub cover, it is advisable to give it a good rinse with a garden hose to ensure any chemical residue that might accelerate material deterioration over time is removed.

Store your hot tub cover indoors when not in use

Storing your hot tub cover indoors when not in use is advisable for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it will ensure that the cover is protected from the elements. Sun, wind, and rain can cause damage to the material over time, leading to premature wear and tear and an increased need to replace it sooner than expected.

In addition, storing your hot tub cover indoors also helps to preserve its insulation qualities so that it can effectively trap heat inside the hot tub and maintain water temperature more effectively. 

Apply silicone lubricant

Applying silicone lubricant to all moving parts of your hot tub cover, such as hinges and straps, is essential for preserving the life of your cover and ensuring its effectiveness. Silicone lubricant helps reduce friction between the metal or plastic components, which can prevent wear and tear over time. By regularly applying a silicone lubricant to these parts you can help ensure that they remain in good working order for years to come.

Silicone lubricants also provide protection against corrosion due to their water-resistant properties. This helps prevent rust build-up on metal components and ensures that your hot tub cover will still be able to keep out air and maintain its insulation qualities for longer periods of time.

Inspect for signs of mold or mildew

Inspecting for signs of mold and mildew buildup around where the warm air escapes from underneath your hot tub lid is essential for maintaining your spa’s safe, sanitary environment. Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that thrive in damp, humid environments. If left unchecked, they can spread quickly and create a hazardous situation by contaminating the water inside your hot tub. In addition to being unsanitary, mold and mildew growth can also lead to structural damage such as discoloration or cracking in the vinyl material of your hot tub cover. This can make it less effective at trapping in heat which will cause energy costs to rise as your hot tub must work harder to maintain desired temperatures. 

Taking care of your hot tub cover is essential for maintaining its effectiveness, preventing the spread of mold and mildew, and preserving a safe and sanitary environment. Regularly checking for tears or cracks in the vinyl material, applying silicone lubricant to all moving parts such as hinges and straps, inspecting for signs of mold or mildew buildup around where warm air escapes from underneath the lid, are easy steps you can take to ensure that your hot tub cover remains in good condition. 

Ultimately, taking proactive measures now will help preserve your spa’s efficiency over time so everyone can enjoy a comfortable experience without worrying about contaminants entering into the water supply! If you have any questions about taking care of your hot tub cover we recommend stopping in to our location near you to speak with our experts at The Hot Tub Store.