Your hot tub cover is a vital and necessary accessory for your spa.
It protects your spa from the elements and keeps the heat in your hot tub when you aren’t using it. A hot tub cover also reduces your energy consumption and keeps your costs low.
The cover also prevents excess evaporation, helping you conserve water. It prevents debris and objects that could clog your hot tub filters from falling into the spa. Maintaining the cover in good condition is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your spa operating at its very best! Here are some tips that answer the question, “How do you know it’s time to replace your hot tub cover?”Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Cover
Spa covers are designed to last for a long time. But like any object exposed to sunlight and weather over time, your hot tub cover will eventually show signs of wear. Inspect your spa cover monthly for warning signs.
Replace your hot tub cover if you see:
- Your hot tub cover is waterlogged. When the vapor barrier fails, the inner foam absorbs water, creating a perfect environment for bacteria and mildew to grow. Not only is a waterlogged cover a health hazard, but it could also lead to accelerated deterioration of the other parts of your spa.
- Dry or brittle texture, holes, and other visible signs of breakage
Deteriorating conditions and changes in shape can cause the cover to let heat and water vapor out and dust and debris in.
If any of the above conditions are present, please contact us to get a new hot tub cover. Once you have one, check out these tips for keeping it in great shape.
Take Care of Your Hot Tub Cover Regularly
To keep your spa cover looking great and doing its job, periodically clean it.
To clean the cover, remove it from the spa and lightly spray the outside surface with a garden hose. Then use a very mild soap solution (one teaspoon of liquid dish soap to two gallons of water) or baking soda and a large sponge to gently scrub the cover using a circular motion.
Work in sections and rinse each area before the soap dries on the vinyl. Then condition the cover with a thin film of Hot Spring Cover Shield™. On the inside surface, use water only, and wipe it clean with a dry towel.
Let the Spa Breathe
When you treat or clean the spa itself or the water in it, leave the cover off for about half an hour immediately afterward.
Water purification agents need air to mix properly. Covering the spa immediately after adding chemicals can trap vapors inside that work against the longevity of the vinyl.
Don’t Sit or Stand on Your Cover
Don’t put objects or people on the cover. Anything with weight could cause the cover to stretch and sag, speeding premature deterioration.
Remember to remove snow in the winter. If ice accumulates on your cover, loosen it with warm water before removing it. Prying or chipping it off could tear the vinyl.
Spa covers are heavy and large and can be difficult to remove and replace alone. Don’t drag it, even on grass. Get a friend to help, or you can install one of our hot tub cover lifters. Cover lifters make hot tub ownership so easy!
At Fiesta Pools and Spas, we are here to help you keep your hot tub in tip-top shape! Give us a call or stop by – we’d be glad to help!