How to Clean Hot Tub Filters Manually?

To keep your Buenospa hot tub running perfectly, you need to take the time to maintain it. Cleaning the hot tub filters manually is an important maintenance task to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your hot tub. They are very easy to clean, so let’s see what you need to do:

What will you need?

  • Garden hose with a spray nozzle
  • Filter cleaner solution (optional but recommended)
  • Soft brush or sponge
  • Bucket or large container (if using filter cleaner solution)
  • Protective gloves (optional)

Steps to Clean Hot Tub Filters Manually:

  1. Turn Off the Power:
    • Ensure the hot tub is turned off at the breaker or unplugged if 110v to prevent any electrical hazards while cleaning the filters. This is the first and most important step to prevent the risk of accidents!
  2. Remove the Filters:
    • Open the filter compartment according to your hot tub’s user manual.
    • Carefully remove the filter cartridges. Note their orientation and position for reinstallation. You can easily remove it, which shows you how dirty the filter is.
  3. Rinse the Filters:
    • Use a garden hose with a high pressure spray nozzle to thoroughly rinse the filters. Spray water at a 45-degree angle to dislodge debris, dirt, and contaminants trapped in the pleats. Move the spray nozzle in an up and down motion to push out the debris.
    • Make sure to rinse between each pleat. Rotate the filter to ensure all sides are cleaned. Clean it thoroughly, even several times.
  4. Soak the Filters (Optional but Recommended):
    • Fill a bucket or large container with water and add a filter cleaning solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Submerge the filters in the solution and let them soak for the recommended time, usually 1-2 hours. This helps to break down oils, lotions, and other stubborn contaminants. Of course, a rinse is also very useful.
  5. Brush the Filters:
    • After soaking, use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub the filter pleats. Be careful not to damage the pleats while scrubbing.
    • Focus on areas that still have visible dirt or debris. Be sure to use a soft brush for this operation!
  6. Dry the Filters (Optional):
    • Allow the filters to air dry completely if you have time. This can help kill any remaining bacteria. Sunlight is the best disinfectant!
    • However, drying is optional, and you can reinstall the filters while they are still wet if needed.
  7. Reinstall the Filters:
    • Place the clean filters back into the filter compartment in the correct orientation. Don’t twist it too much or overtighten if it’s a thread-in filter.
    • Secure the filter compartment cover.
  8. Restart the Hot Tub:
    • Plug in and turn on the hot tub.
    • Check for proper water flow and ensure everything is functioning correctly.

Additional Tips:

  • Frequency: Clean your hot tub filters every 1-2 weeks if you use the hot tub frequently. Soak the filters in a cleaning solution every 2-3 months for a more thorough cleaning.
  • Replacement: Replace the filters every 12-24 months, depending on usage and manufacturer recommendations.

If you follow these steps, your Buenospa hot tub will work beautifully all year round. It’s not difficult and it doesn’t take up much of your day, so it’s worth taking the time!

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