No matter the brand or style of hot tub you choose, you’ll need the right hot tub supplies to make sure it runs perfectly!
Having the right hot tub supplies, accessories, and water care products always on hand can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable hot tub soak – every time.
Let’s take a closer look at the basic hot tub supplies, chemicals cleaners, and accessories that you should always have on hand for your hot tub.
Basic Hot Tub Supplies to Always Have On-Hand
Some of the most common hot tub supplies include items such as test strip kits, a good thermometer, and a water skimmer are essential. Don’t forget replacement filters!
You should also regularly use and replace hot tub sponges that absorb the natural oils from skin and residue from hair products, deodorants, lotions, and soaps. In a well-kept hot tub, it works like a charm, keeping your water crystal clear and reducing foul odors and foaming.
Whatever you do, never squeeze it, as it will release all that is absorbed back into your water. Many people find success by placing theirs right inside the filter, but you let it float around.
Hot Tub Chemicals & Cleaners
Depending on your hot tub and personal preferences, you’ll need chlorine or bromine tabs or granules to kill bacteria, viruses, and microbes. Brominating tabs require the use of spa shock and/or sodium bromide when filling the tub with fresh water.
Another important chemical combo to have on hand is pH and Alkalinity Down, and pH and Alkalinity Up. For best results, maintain your water’s pH level at 7.2 to 7.8. The total alkalinity of spa water should be maintained between 80 and 150 ppm as determined by a suitable test kit.
To summarize, here is the list of hot tub water care products you should always have:
- Chlorine or Bromine Tablets/Granules
- Spa Shock
- pH Up/Down
- Alkalinity Up/Down
- Hot Tub Cover Cleaner
- Filter Cleaner and Flosser
Hot Tub Accessories & Fun Stuff
While a nice, long soak in your hot tub is relaxing and good for your body, it’s definitely more fun when there are friends! Grab some floating drink holders and a waterproof card game for a great time together.
Make sure to have enough warm robes and towels on hand in case someone wants to jump out and cool down a bit.
Hot tub pillows and headrests are especially important, and can sometimes need upgrading or replacing. Using a high-quality protectant on all your vinyl, rubber, and plastic can preserve and extend life by preventing fading and cracking.
Outdoor lighting and mood lighting are essential to designing your space around your hot tub or spa. Consider designing a relaxing space with various plants and greenery, too! Remember to take weather into account, and consider a hot tub cover for protection not only for you but for your equipment.
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