How Do I Keep My Hot Tub in Good Condition?

A good hot tub spa can cost thousands of dollars, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Spas provide relaxation, socializing options, and even a myriad of health benefits.  But the cost of a hot tub is hard to justify if it doesn’t stick around a while.

When you research what hot tub to buy, it’s essential to keep that fact in mind.  Along with selecting a tub that naturally has a long lifespan, making sure you keep your tub properly maintained will increase its longevity.  A spa can last you anywhere from 5 years, 10 years, even longer depending on its initial quality and the subsequent care it receives.

Hot Spring hot tubs are built to last.

Assessing a Tub

If you’re shopping for a hot tub, you need to know how to assess whether or not it will stand the test of time. There are a few essentials to look out for. It almost goes without saying that tubs made out of high-quality materials dwill last longer than those made of cheaper stuff! In particular, pay attention to the quality of the plastic pieces throughout the tub, as these will be the first to experience wear. Do your research and read reviews of tubs to see how long they lasted for other consumers.

For instance, one consumer was able to make their Hot Springs Highlife Grandee tub last from 1995 to 2018 — and, of course, the tub model has been updated and improved since then.

Cleaning Your Tub

Keeping your spa regularly cleaned is one of the simplest ways to prevent wear and tear. You should clean and wipe down the surfaces of your tub on a regular basis using common baking soda. When you drain and refill the tub, that’s the time to clean down the entire tub to remove any buildup by using a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft rag. This is important not only for tub longevity but also for the hygiene and safety of anyone who uses the spa.

Keep dirt out of your vinyl cover as well. Be sure to spray it down, clean with a mild solution, and wipe it off before you put it back on the tub.

Invest in the Tools

Using the right tools to maintain your spa could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Don’t be afraid to purchase the necessary products. You should definitely use the high-grade filters and regularly change them out or clean them. Invest in a specialized spa vacuum, as well as products that monitor and stabilize the pH value of the water and others that prevent calcium buildup.


The elements can do some serious damage to your spa. Be sure to weatherize and winterize, especially if you live in an area prone to wind, rain, and winter weather. Buy and install a winter blanket and be sure to keep it monitored for wear and tear.

If you leave home for a while, set things in place by sanitizing, adjusting the pH levels of the water, locking the cover, and locking the lights and jets. Once you return, be sure to re-sanitize.

Turn to the Experts

We can’t emphasize this enough! You may be the most diligent spa cleaner to ever own a spa, but there’s nothing to replace expert insight. The above are general tips, but your spa has its own specific needs. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual before you take on any maintenance (and before you even install your spa in the first place!).

Your spa’s surfaces may have specific requirements, or you may only be able to use certain types of filters.  Reach out to us at East Texas Spa to get their expert suggestions on weatherizing, sanitization, and maintenance products.