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Like other elements of a spa, a cover has to be maintained properly. Thankfully, maintaining a spa cover’s exterior is not that difficult. For the best results, most spa cover manufacturers recommend that spa owners clean and condition their covers once a month. Here’s a rundown on how to accomplish those two tasks in no time at all:
Begin by lightly spraying your spa cover with a garden hose, not a pressure washer. You can feel free to leave the spa cover in place while doing so. The water from the garden hose should help to remove and loosen debris that may be present. In the process, take care not to let sharp-edged debris scrape across the vinyl. Failure to do so could cause tears and holes in your spa cover.
Next, take out a two gallon bucket and fill it with water. Once the bucket is full of water, add 1 teaspoon of an eco-friendly, bleach free, mild dishwashing liquid to it. Whichever brand of soap you choose, it should be safe for use around the whole hot tub. Then dip a soft sponge into the water and use it to wash the spa cover’s top, side flaps and perimeter.
It is important that you do not wash underneath of the spa cover at this time. Because of the way spa covers are designed and used, that area needs to be treated separately. In most instances, we recommend simply rinsing it with the hose and drying it with a soft, clean, lint-free rag.
While you are washing the spa cover’s top, side flaps and perimeter, it’s also imperative that you rinse off the soap frequently. Otherwise, you are likely to end up with a build-up of soap residue. Soap residue build-up, just in case you don’t know, can damage your spa cover.
Once you’ve finished washing and rinsing the spa cover, dry it with a cloth. Then apply a spa cover conditioner to the cover’s vinyl exterior. Just make sure that you use a spa cover conditioner that is compatible with the materials used to create the cover (i.e. vinyl) as well as the chemicals you use to maintain your spa’s water.
One company that makes a great vinyl spa cover conditioner is Leisure Time. It is designed to protect the spa cover from dust, dirt, UV rays and water damage. Plus, it’s safe to use with common spa chemicals like bromine, chlorine and biguanide. Additional products that may be used to maintain spa covers are303 Aerospace Protectant Spray and 303 Aerospace Protectant Wipes. They will protect your spa cover from staining as well as the other elements that we mentioned previously. To learn more about these products and spa cover care in general, please contact us at (888) 251-6661.