Having stains in your hot tub can be damning. It takes away the sense of hygiene and could irritate visitors using it. Most stains, especially yellow stains in a hot tub, are caused by a heavy bather load or an off-balance water chemistry.
Here are three methods by which a yellowish stain in your hot tub can be removed.
- Put a high dose of chlorine or bromine in your hot tub: Adding a high dose of chlorine, the double the amount of the usual shock dose. Since these chemicals are strong bleaching agents, they’re likely to kill and remove bacteria that may be the cause of stains on your hot tub. To undergo the process, add the solution to your hot tub water and run your pump for a few hours.
- Consider a magic eraser: A magic eraser is a cleaning tool that can be used for cleaning different surfaces. It’s very effective in removing tough stains.
- Try a home remedy: If you’d like to try a home remedy, there are simple, easy, and inexpensive solutions that you can apply to your hot tub that will help remove the stain. However, the solution will require you to drain your spa.
- Make a paste consisting of water and baking soda: Mix together equal parts of water and baking soda. In simple term add one cup of baking soda to a cup of water then mix together. Once it has been mixed, you can then use a clean soft cloth to clean it; scrub the surface area where the stain is situated and clean it. Note: do not use anything abrasive or you’re likely to damage your tub.
- Try applying vinegar: Use a mix of water and white vinegar in a spray and spray it on the area where the stain is. Allow the spray to sit for some minutes, then wipe the surface area with a clean stain away with a clean, damp cloth.
What causes brown residue in a hot tub?
The sight of oily brown residue floating on the surface or around the rim of your supply can send some disgusting feelings, especially when you’re an owner that has always tried to keep their unit clean. As you proceed through this blog, you will get to know why exactly you see brown residues in your spa.
Do take note that not only bacteria or other contaminants contribute to the development of brown stains in your hot tub; even things like personal care products, sanitizers, chemical imbalances, or filter problems are all possible options for bad pool problems.
Recognizing the actual cause of your spa problem can be very tricky. However, there are some certain clues to always watch out for to figure out the reason why there’s a slimy brown color in your hot tub.
If the water chemical level is low in your hot tub, it is likely to develop a brown residue on the sides and insides of your tub. This normally occurs when the water pH is too high, causing iron to react with the water. To correct the pH level, you can add a pH level decreaser solution to bring the pH to a balanced level.
Also, if the stain that you encounter in your tub is a blue-green one, then this is an indicator of a clogged or dirty filter. Personal care products, hair, or particles dissolved in the water get stuck in the filter, and if regular cleaning or treatment is not administered to your hot tub, it will produce a blue-green scum or stain in the water.
How do you get brown stains out of an inflatable hot tub?
No matter how many times you clean your hot tub, the chances of it developing a stain over time are likely to increase. This is why it’s important that you know the various ways you can remove stains from your hot tub depending on the type of stain.
The very first step to removing and preventing stains from your hot tub is knowing the origin of the stain. If you’ve done a check and you confirmed that the cause is from an organic material, then it’s appropriate to treat it with natural solutions like white vinegar and water.
Apply the mix of the white vinegar and water to the stained area and use a non-abrasive scrubber (something like a cloth would do) to clean the surface area. Although, if the stain is a metal one, it may not be removed this way. This is why it is generally accepted to first check the origin of the stain before embarking on treatment.
In order to know the actual origin of your hot tub stain, whether organic or metal, in the water, you must observe its reaction with the different cleaning solutions that you use. Put a sock filled with chlorine tablets on top of the surface area with the stain to ensure that the stain is from organic matter.
If you notice the stain getting lighter a while after undergoing the process, then the stain is likely from an organic residue. This is where using a white vinegar and water mix becomes necessary.
However, if the stain is from a metal source found in the water, the stain will not be lightened by the chlorine. To confirm it is a metal stain, place a sock filled with vitamin C tablets on the surface area. If, after a while, it gets lighter, then the stain is actually from a metal source.
If the brown stains are due to organic materials, use white vinegar mixed with water. Apply it on a cloth and the area where the stain is present. If the brown stains are caused by metal content, use vitamin C and apply it on the cloth to clean the surface area.
How can I clean my inflatable hot tub with vinegar?
Owning an inflatable hot tub is one thing, maintaining it so that it doesn’t become a threat to your own health and safety is another. It is necessary to know the proper measures to take towards hot tub management and maintenance. In this blog, we shall be providing all the necessary information you need to properly clean your hot tub.
Step 1. Ensure you remove any leaves or debris that could be present in the spa to avoid the drainage valve being blocked.
Step 2. Drain the hot tub water completely. Depending on the model of your hot tub, this can be done by removing the nozzle or the valve, or in some really rare cases, by attaching a hose to the tub.
Step 3. After you’ve drained the tub, use a damp microfiber cloth or sponge and water to thoroughly clean both the inside and outside of the tub. Should you encounter stubborn stains outside the tub, use a detergent or magic cleaner and warm water, but do not use the detergent if the stain is inside the tub to avoid suds when you refill the tub. Rinse thoroughly after you’re done with the process. Take note: do not use an abrasive brush to scrub the hot tub; it can damage the surface area.
Step 4. If your reason for cleaning the tub is to store it, allow it to dry properly before putting it away.
Step 5. Deflate the hot tub: Depending on the type of your spa, empty the air pressure inside the tub.
Four ways to maintain your hot tub
- Maintain the pH level: Always make sure that the pH level of your water is balanced to prevent the growth of contaminants in the water.
- Always keep your spa water clean: Ensure proper cleaning is done in your hot tub from time to time.
- Clean the filter regularly: Always check and clean the hot tub filter to prevent it being clogged with dirt and debris.
- Provide a good base for your inflatable hot tub: Ensure there’s a good foundation to place your spa upon, to give you the appropriate balance and feel without having to worry about cracking or shaking.
Can I use vinegar to clean my inflatable hot tub?
White vinegar is a safe and effective way to clean your hot tub. It’s an acetic solution made from grain and water, and it is generally regarded as a powerful natural solution.
Vinegar is effective and very affordable compared to other commercial treatment products. Vinegar is without any strong or toxic chemicals, and it’s completely safe to use around children. It cleans and deodorizes the tub appropriately.
Vinegar helps to prevent hot tub jets from clogging, removes water spots and bacteria, and cleans up the tub.
So, yes. Vinegar is very efficient to use for the cleaning of your hot tub.
To use vinegar, pour at least one cup of white distilled vinegar into your hot tub, leave it to soak and run through for one or two hours, pour undiluted vinegar onto a cloth and wipe the sides of the hot tub, then rinse it with warm water after you’re done.