Last Updated: March 15, 2021
Learning how to clean a Jacuzzi is not as straight forward as you might think.
There is nothing worse then seeing dirty rings around jets or around the bathtub.
You would be surprised how quickly dirt particles and other debris can build up in your spa. Even though you always carefully cover it when not in use!
If you find this to be the case then it’s probably time to clean your filter.
Notice I said clean your “filter” not “Jacuzzi”.
This is because keeping the filter clean means the tub can start to take care of itself.
This article will be very detailed with lots of step-by-step instructions.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. There are a few explainer videos that will run you through everything you need to know.
So let’s get started.
- What is a Jacuzzi Tub?
- What Are The Different Hot Tub Parts?
- What You Need To Know About Hot Tub Filters (Before You Clean Them)
- Is it Time to Clean Your Jacuzzi?
- How Often Should You Clean Your Bath Tub?
- When Should I Clean My Jacuzzi Filter?
- How to Clean Your Jacuzzi Tub and Filter
- How To Clean Jacuzzi TUB [Video]
- How To Clean Jacuzzi [Video]
- Tips and Tricks for Getting Your Tub and Filter as Clean as Possible
- How To Clean a Jacuzzi The Easy Way?
What is a Jacuzzi Tub?
Before you begin to understand how to clean a Jacuzzi tub and its filter, it is a good idea to fully understand what a “Jaccuzi” actuallly is.
One important thing to know a Jacuzzi is not the same thing as a bath tub.
The brand is so attached to the product most people simply use it as a shorthand for the specialised hot tubs that it makes.
- A “hot tub” is simply a bath tub with a wooded base. However, as with the word “Jacuzzi”, over the years this term is now interchangeable with other words for these type of products.
- A “spa” is the same as a Jacuzzi. This word helps us to distinguish between wooden whirlpools and plastic or fiberglass spas. Currently, the word “spa” is as popular as Jacuzzi or “hot tub” to describe similar bath products.
- All these words refer to dip tanks that come with nozzles to create a whirlpool effect. These products also come with built-in heaters to keep the water hot.
What Are The Different Hot Tub Parts?
Your Jacuzzi tub consists of several different work pieces that combine to form your Jacuzzi hot tub.
This section provides a list of the most important parts of your tub and where you can find them on most models. However, remember to look around your product if you do not find any parts in the specific areas listed here:
- The main part of the hot tub is the section of hard plastic (or sometimes a different material) of the Jacuzzi with seats and a foot bath. It is usually the most colorful part of the hot tub, and that’s the part where you sit and relax when you are in the tub.
- Looking inside the Jacuzzi tank reveals jets, a drain and lights. These parts of the spa are the ones that you will interact with most often. Remember to periodically clean the nozzles and rub around the lights to remove any accumulated bacteria.
- The wooden (or sometimes stone) part of the Jacuzzi frame is known as a “base” or tub “housing”. The base of the spa is important as it supports the rest of the Jacuzzi system. Although you are unlikely to perform regular base cleaning and maintenance, you should periodically review it to help you identify any damage.
- You will find the pump behind the access door. Some older models of Jacuzzi’s have pumps outside the tub itself. But this is rare in modern versions. Different types of Jacuzzi’s have different types of pumps, but they all do the same thing i.e. they help to move the water through the Jacuzzi system.
- Near the pump you should find the controller and the heating system. This should be attached to the control buttons on the tub shell. The control unit and the heating system are responsible for regulating the jets and the hot water in the Jacuzzi. These can have their own access panels. If this is the case it will mean that you might not immediately be able to see them. Don’t mess with this unless you know what you are doing. A qualified electrician should take care of repairs to this part of the tub.
- You probably won’t be able to see it from the outside but there will be insulation in between the base and the tub. This keeps the water nice and warm and also protects the tub from bad weather if you have your Jacuzzi outside.
- The base usually comes with an access door on one side that facilitates access to the interior of the tub. However, this door may be well hidden. It could also be a panel instead of a hinged door depending on the type of tub you have.
- Inside the Jacuzzi there will be pipes that connect the pump and nozzles to the water supply. Having lots of jets around the hot tub can mean many more pipes. These are an important part of your tub as it’s what allows the water to move through the system properly.
Finally, you should be able to easily see where the filters go when you look inside the tub. The filter housing unit is usually covered by a small a hinged lid. However, the filter itself can be inside or outside the tub depending on your model.
What You Need To Know About Hot Tub Filters (Before You Clean Them)
A Jacuzzi filter has different parts that you need to recognise before replacing or cleaning the cartridge.
Almost all types of hot tub bath filters work in the same way. So you can expect your filter to contain most, if not all, of these parts listed below.
- Most filters consist of a top, a body, and a base. The complete filter is usually located within the filter housing unit, which may be inside or outside the tub itself.
- The upper part of the filter contains the vent valve and the safety ring. The lock ring holds the filter in place. And the vent valve helps water flow through the filter while maintaining air. This in turn means that your pipes and plumbing are safer and stay free of possible damage.
- The filter body contains the cartridge, its seal and a bypass valve. The bypass valve allows water to flow through the filter cartridge. However, the filter cartridge is the part of the filter that should interest you most. This is the part that cleans your water and is also referred to as a filter media. The cartridge seal is the part of the filter to which the cartridge is attached to hold it in place.
- The base of the filter consists of a different locking system and a valve that is very similar to the upper part. This keeps the filter in place and allows the water to move through the filter as it should.
There are also several other smaller parts that make up the filter. Including many screws and nuts as well as O-rings. These are important as they help hold the filter together.
Is it Time to Clean Your Jacuzzi?
Cleaning the entire Jacuzzi is not the same as just cleaning the filter. And you should not necessarily expect to clean both at the same time.
Of course you should clean the Jacuzzi with a quick rinse down after every use.
However, the list below will give you an idea for cleaning time frames so that you’re most effective at taking care of the device.
How Often Should You Clean Your Bath Tub?
- After every use: The more often you use the tub the more you need to clean it. Doing this will help you pick up possible as they arise. When cleaning pay attention to any cracks or leaks. This can help you prevent a potentially big problem later on. Also, when using the tub, check for signs of film build-up in the water or if it comes out in a strange color. If this is the case and the filters are brand new / working properly then consider getting a water test kit to investigate further.
- Once a month: Every month you will need to do a filter rinse. Drain all water from the tub so that you can easily take the filter out and rinse it down. This is also a good time to clean the spa lid with a special cleaner to prevent it from deteriorating.
- Once a Year: Perform a thorough maintenance test to your tub each year. This means that you take out and inspect the filters, clean the shell and inspect the tub parts for any damage.
When Should I Clean My Jacuzzi Filter?
- Once a month: Check the filter every month and inspect it for any visible signs of debris or damage. Just open the flap of the filter housing and look inside. If you find that a lot of dirt has accumulated on the filter or you see large debris then remove the filter and rinse it off. You can also remove large bits and pieces by hand. To rinse the filter cartridge, simply remove it from the housing unit and set it aside. Get your water hose and spray the filter very well. Be sure to rinse any visible residue, dirt or debris. Let it dry before putting it back into the tub.
- Every three months: This is when you should perform a deep cleaning of the filter. To do this clean your filter with a special solution that is specifically developed for Jacuzzi filters. Choose a cleaning solution that can eliminate things like bacteria and viruses that are invisible to the naked eye.
- Once a Year: Every year you should replace your filter cartridge(s). However, this will depend on how much you use it. See the filter manual for instructions on how frequently your specific model needs replacing.
How to Clean Your Jacuzzi Tub and Filter
Now that you know how to identify the different parts of your hot tub and how often you should consider cleaning it, it’s time to learn how to actually do it.
The methods for cleaning your tub vs filter are a little different. Especially as these are two separate tasks.
The video below will guide you through the process of cleaning the tub followed by step-by-step instructions.
How To Clean Jacuzzi TUB [Video]
- Fill up the tub with hot water.
- Add some powered detergent (or any detergent of your choice e.g. rinse aid) and add some to the water. If using powdered detergent then add half or a quarter of a cup full.
- Leave the soapy solution to sit for a few minutes.
- Put on the jets on to blast the soap around.
- Drain the tub.
- Rinse out and let it dry.
- Check the water quality before using the spa to make sure that it’s properly clean, if not you may have to clean or replace the filters.
How To Clean Jacuzzi [Video]
- Take the filters out of the bath tub and take it outside if you have a backward or garden with a hose pipe / jet wash. If not, you can but the filter in the bath tub and use the water nozzle.
- Use your hose to wash through the filter and keep going until you observe it becoming clean.
- Once you’re happy with how clean it is, leave it to dry.
- Pro tip: it’s a good idea to always have extra filters in the house so that you can use one while the other one is being cleaned.
- Once dry, put it back in your tub and use as normal.
Tips and Tricks for Getting Your Tub and Filter as Clean as Possible
Now you know how to clean a Jacuzzi and understand a little more about how it works. Here are some additional suggestions to help you get the best possible cleaning experience. Take a look at these tips and tricks to get you to a perfectly clean tub at all times…
- Buy two filter cartridges. This means you can switch between them while cleaning. When one cartridge is soaking, you can insert the other cartridge and restart the Jacuzzi. This means you will not have any downtime between cleaning the filter and re-starting your Jacuzzi.
- Make your own filter cleaning solution. Especially if you find that those available in the market are too strong for your needs. Some filters only require gentle cleaning solutions, so do not be afraid to make your own homemade solution to solve this problem.
- Always be very careful when rinsing and drying any part of your tub. Especially before turning it back on and refilling it after cleaning. If done in the wrong way, there is a risk of damaging the nozzles or the filter.
- Do *NOT* start the spa *WITHOUT* its built-in filter. This is because it can be very bad for your pump to operate the bathtub without its filter. But always check your operating instructions to see if a cycle without filters is recommended when you first install the device.
How To Clean a Jacuzzi The Easy Way?
As you can see, cleaning your spa does not have to be a big job. There are many things that you can familiarize yourself with in advance to make sure you always get the best possible cleaning process for your bathtub when you need it.
Now, after reading this article, you should have a much better understanding of your Jacuzzi.
And the structure of the tub and filter. You should also know how to identify the different parts of the bathtub and filter.
Which is a good place to start when trying to clean it properly.
Most importantly, you now know for sure when it’s time to clean your filter. And time to clean your entire Jacuzzi bath tub spa.
Follow the instructions in the step-by-step guide above and remember the tips and tricks provided. You can rinse and clean the Jacuzzi tub and filter components at any time.
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