Soaking up to your chin in the swirling warm waters of a whirlpool tub is luxurious. But the jets can get dirty, so your tub requires regular maintenance to keep your baths clean and healthy. Here are some simple tips to show your tub some TLC.
Regular maintenance keeps cleaning simple
Most things we own require maintenance to prevent big cleanup or repair jobs later. Whirlpool tubs are no exception. Soap scum, alkaline deposits and germs can all build up in a whirlpool tub’s jets.
You can make cleaning easier by avoiding the use of oils and bubble bath soaps that can leave a film on surfaces and inside the jets. Use regular bath soap instead when in a whirlpool tub.
After bathing in any shower or tub, rinse the sides with water to remove suds and soap film. This simple step takes literally seconds and can save several minutes of hard scrubbing later. An extra hack: After each use, mist all surfaces of your tub and shower with a spray bottle of water mixed 50-50 with white vinegar. Let stand a minute, then rinse.
Cleaning the whirlpool tub jets
If you use your whirlpool tub with any regularity, use this cleaning procedure about once per month:
- Fill the tub with hot water to a level three inches above the jets.
- Add one-quarter cup of a low-suds soap such as granular dishwasher detergent. For more intense disinfection, add a half-cup of bleach as well.
- Run the jets for a minimum of 15 minutes, then drain.
- Fill the tub again with plain water and run the jets for 10 minutes, then drain.
- Your whirlpool tub and the jets will be clean and sanitized.