After you’ve had a long, stressful day, there is nothing like coming home and sliding into the Jacuzzi tub. Fill the tub up and put on some mellow music. You’ll be relaxing sooner than you know it. That is, of course, if the tub is clean.
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If your jetted bath tub isn’t clean, then you’ll probably be doing less relaxing and more making weird, grossed out faces. The jets in the tub are meant to relax you, but if your back is sliding against grime, it’s not going to be a very enjoyable experience.
Fortunately, jetted tubs are really easy to clean, and they’re even easier to maintain. All you need are some household supplies and a small amount of your time. With that said, let’s get started!
How to Clean a Jetted Tub
First, you’ll want to fill the tub. Make sure the tub is filled to at least 4 inches above the highest jets in the tub. Make sure to turn off the air induction valve. You want to make sure only water is flowing through the pipes instead of both water and air.
Keep in mind that what we’re doing right now is cleaning the air jets themselves. You’ll want to check to see if your tub has cleaning instructions and follow those as best you can. Next, add a cleanser to the water.
You can use ¼ cup of low-foaming surfactant, like powdered dishwasher detergent. An excellent choice would be Cascade Complete because it uses enzymatic action as opposed to acidic action.
If you use acidic detergent on your tub often, it will eventually cause stripping of the sealant around the brass. If cleaning your tub is an emergency, and you don’t have anything else, you can use virtually any dishwashing detergent once.
Toss ½ cup of household bleach into the mix. The bleach serves as a disinfectant. A lot of manufacturers advise against using bleach because it can dry out internal gaskets, but it won’t hurt to use once or twice.
You can check the manufacturer recommendations to learn about ongoing maintenance. Next, you’ll want to activate and run the jets for 15 minutes. Make sure to set the jets on high pressure. You’ll probably see some really nasty things come out of the jets.
This is good because it means the cleaning is working very well. After you’ve let the jets run for about 15 minutes, drain the tub and clean out the residue inside of it. Next, refill the tub using cold water and make sure it’s filled to at least 4 inches above the jets.
Now, let the jets run for 15 minutes again. This will make sure everything is rinsed thoroughly. Next, drain the tub and clean everything thoroughly.
Specific Instructions for Cleaning the Actual Tub
The above advice is mostly for cleaning the jets in the tub. However, you’ll also want to give the tub itself an adequate clean. Fortunately, you can do it with some simple household cleaning supplies that you probably already own.
You’ll need an old toothbrush, cleaning rag, water, vinegar and baking soda. Baking soda is great because it’s abrasive enough to get rid of soap scum and mold, but it won’t damage the material your tub is made out of.
First, just sprinkle a coat of baking soda over the entire surface of the tub. Use a damp cloth to scrub everything. Make sure you do some extra scrubbing around the drain, faucet and waterline area.
Next, fill up the tub about half way and add about three cups of vinegar. Scrub the tub again. When you’re finished, drain the water.
You should now have a thoroughly cleaned, jetted tub that you can enjoy. Also note that these cleaning techniques are perfectly safe for Whirlpool tubs.