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Hot Tub Season is Upon Us!

I don’t know about all of you, but when it starts getting chilly outside I just can’t wait to get into the hot tub. If you are just opening it, there are a few steps to take to make sure your spa is safe to being soaking in again.

  1. You’ll need to clean out those jets. Whether you drain the tub for the winter or keep the water in, you’ll need to clean all the gunk out of your jets from the previous season. We recommend Leisure Time’s Jet Clean for this job.

Application: JetClean

  • Remove the filter. Very Important!! You’ll also need to clean the filter before putting it
    back into fresh water. Now while you’re waiting would be the best time to do so. Use SpaGuard Filter Cleaner and let soak for 15-30 minutes before rinsing.
  • Add 16 oz. jet clean to a full warm spa. For those of you who do empty your spa for the winter, you’ll need to fill the tub and let it heat up.
  • Run the jets for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the jets for 1 hour.
  • Run the jets for 15 minutes to blow all of the dirt and grime out of the lines.
  • Drain the spa and clean the tub while draining with BioGuard Off The Wall or Spa Guard Spa Mitts and rinse.
  • Re-fill, test and balance to begin your SpaGuard chemical program.



2. Balance your new spa water! Add your sanitizer and shock and test the pH, alkalinity, and calcium to ensure a safe environment for both your soakers and your equipment.

Don’t forget- We offer free water testing at our convenient location in Hudson, NH! Bring your spa water to the BioGuard Water Care Experts!

3. Enjoy your clean, fresh spa!


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Hot Tub Season is Coming!

What a lousy season it’s been for pools, huh? Well, no worries! That just makes for a better spa season, and it’s just around the corner!

Here are a few tips to get your spa season started the right way. 


1. Clean your hot tub.

Your spa has been sitting idle for months! Whether you drain your tub for the summer or not, you need to take a couple steps to rid your spa of harmful bacteria before you start soaking.

  • If you drain your spa:

Use BioGuard’s Off The Wall with a Miracle Pad for easy removal of films, mold, and stains, and Spa Cleaning Mitts to remove oils, dirt and waterline deposits.







  • If you keep the water in your tub: 

Use Leisure Time Jet Clean to clean all the junk out of your jets. This is important! Still, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and it will start in the jets where you can’t clean with normal products or see.

To Use Jet Clean:Leisure-Time-Jet-Clean1

  1. Remove Filter and clean separately using SpaGuard Filter Cleaner.
  2. Before the spa is drained, add 1 bottle of Leisure Time Jet Clean to warm spa water.
  3. Turn ON pump and run the jets for 15 minutes. (Ensure that the filter is NOT in the spa.)
  4. Turn pump and jets OFF and let sit for 1 hour.
  5. Turn pump ON and run jets and blower for 15 minutes.
  6. Drain the spa, hosing off the inside spa walls while draining.*
  7. Follow the If you drain your spa steps listed above to clean the shell.

*May need to partially fill spa and drain to reduce foaming.

Once you have thoroughly cleaned your spa, you can move onto the next step…

2. Fill your hot tub.

If you are filling from a well or if your town water has metals, use a Hayward Water Bobby with SpaGuard Stain And Stain Control when filling the spa. This will eliminate the chance of metals discoloring the spa water and gumming up the filter when you begin chemical maintenance.


  • Screw the Water Bobby to the end of your garden hose to catch the metals while filling before they get into the tub.
  • Use SpaGuard Stain And Scale Control to ensure that your spa is protected in case some trace metals made it through the Water Bobby, or if you’re not using a Bobby at all. This will allow you to chlorinate and shock like normal without needing to worry about the metals dropping out of solution and discoloring the water or staining the spa surfaces.

Once you have filled your spa and protected it from metals that may be present in your source water, you may continue to the next step…

3. Balance the water.

This is the simplest step. Bring in a water sample when the spa is up to temperature and we’ll test it for you. Depending on your pH level, we will supply you with a SpaGuard Spa Symmetry Water Balance Kit. The kit includes everything you need to balance your spa. The sanitizer and shock will need to be purchased additionally. With a spa you only use teaspoons and tablespoons at a time (usually,) so the kit will last a while.


When the spa has been balanced, you can move on to the final step…

4. Enjoy your hot tub!

We don’t really need to tell you how to do that, do we?




Also check out our new lines of Spazazz Spa Scents
 to enhance your soaking experience!



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