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So you just purchased your dream hot tub from Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas–now what? While you may be excited to soak in the healing waters of a home spa, you need to know what kind of care and maintenance will keep your tub as good as new for years to come. Take a look at our hot tub tips below!

Important Spa Care Tips to Remember

We know how difficult it can be to wade through all of the internet forums on how to keep your hot tub clean and safe for your family to enjoy. Luckily, you don’t have to! We’ve done the research so you can maintain your tub for years to come.


We talk a lot about how you need to test the water in your swimming pool to maintain the proper conditions for water safety. The same goes for your hot tub. You don’t want algae growing in your tub because it grows fast. So it only makes sense that you should test the water in your tub.

By using the results of your water testing, you can adjust the levels of your chemicals to boost your clarity. In general, you should test your water two to four times a week to adjust these levels.

The general rule of thumb for your chemical levels should fall into these ranges:

  • Chlorine: 1.0-3.0 ppm
  • Bromine: 2.0-4.0 ppm
  • pH: 7.4-7.6
  • Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 150-250 ppm

Keep a record of your water levels, the chemicals you are using, what is working, and what isn’t. This will help you keep your water levels in check.


Many first-time hot tub owners think that the source of the water has to be expensive to be quality. But that actually isn’t true in most cases. If you are fortunate enough to have a well in your backyard, you can use your hose to fill your tub.

The key is not the water source itself, it is how hard or soft the water is. You may have to adjust your chemicals accordingly once you fill your tub so that the water is just right. Then, before adding anything else, test that water!


You vacuum your pool to get rid of any gunk or debris that falls to the bottom or lingers on the sidewalls, right? Consider it no different for your hot tub. You can purchase a small spa vacuum to get any debris that falls to the bottom of your spa. But for those little floaters, just skim the top.

There are many types of spa vacuums on the market, so be sure to ask your local pool and spa professionals what is best for your home tub.

It is critical, though, that any time you empty and refill the spa, you give a thorough cleaning of the surface and hardware of your spa. But do not use household cleaners as this can upset the balance and damage the surface of your spa.

Ask your pool and spa professionals at Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas what you can use to clean your spa.


The cover of your hot tub can become a breeding ground for nasty bacteria and mold when you let the water and humidity build up. To keep your cover in pristine condition and keep the water in your tub sparkling clean, be sure to take the cover off your spa completely a few times a week just to let it dry and breathe.

It will save you time in maintaining your tub, but also make your cover last a lot longer.

Contact Aqua Leisure for More Tips on How to Care for Your Spa

You want the best of the best when picking your new hot tub. The pool and spa professionals at Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas pride themselves on perfection. If you are ready to purchase your dream home spa or need help with hot tub care, contact us today at our Wilkes-Barre, Dickson City, or Tannersville location to get started!

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