We all know what a dirty bathtub ring looks like. Now imagine what that scum buildup is doing inside the jet plumbing of your Jacuzzi style bathtub!
Sure, you can clean the bathtub itself, but once you start up the air jets all kinds of nasty looking bits and specks will come floating to the surface if you don’t properly clean the jets themselves and the interior plumbing system.
That’s right, the jets and pipes behind your jet tub can quickly become contaminated with all sorts of infectious bacteria — some you can see, and some you can’t see!
This video shows how the plumbing in air tubs works and why you need to clean your jet tub system:
Fortunately, cleaning the inside of your air tub’s elaborate collection of pipes, jets, and nozzles is really straightforward and easy.
Here’s how to properly clean a whirlpool tub yourself in just a few quick steps…
#1 First, check your bathtub’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends. They typically specify which cleaners work best, as well as which ones you should avoid. Each air tub is different. Can’t find your owner’s manual? Find it online.
#2 Close all of the air controls on the individual jets so there is no air induction. Then fill the tub until all jets are submerged by 2 to 3 inches of water.
NOTE: Some air tub manufacturers call for the air controls to be fully opened, so it’s best to read the manual first to confirm which method is best for your specific bathtub.
#3 Add 2 tablespoons of a low-sudsing dishwasher detergent (such as powdered Cascade or Calgonite) and 1/2 cup of bleach. Some recommend adding these both to the water in one step, while others make it a 2-step process: first clean once with the detergent, then clean again afterwards with the bleach. I guess it’s a personal choice.
#4 Run the jets for 15 minutes, then drain the tub. Refill the tub with water 2-3 inches above the jets and run the jets again for 10 minutes to rinse thoroughly.
#5 Finally, drain the water and wipe down the tub and all nozzles using a soft cloth (like a cloth baby diaper). Use a Q-tip to get into the cracks and crevices around the nozzles.
What You Need To Know About Cleaning Jet Tubs
Over time, your jet fixtures may start to yellow or become discolored. This is a normal and natural process that occurs as plastic ages. In most cases, there is little that can be done to rectify this condition. Painting is an option though not a very good one — because with continual use in water, the paint is not likely to hold up very well and the resulting peeling or bubbling will look worse than the natural discoloration of the plastic.
Without a doubt, proper cleaning of your jet tub is very important and cannot be overlooked. Since moisture is always present in the jets and pipes of your air tub, bacteria can easily build up and mold, mildew, and other health risks can quickly become an issue.
How often you need clean the jets in your air tub depends on how often you use your tub. For the everyday user it may be necessary to clean and sanitize once a month (or more). Those who only use their jet tub occasionally can probably get by with cleaning and sanitizing it once every 3 to 4 months.
Proper Jacuzzi tub cleaning isn’t a hard task, it’s just one that can’t be forgotten. If you don’t stay on top of it, then you may have to pay to have your jet tub professionally cleaned, which comes with a pricetag of about $180, as described in this video:
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