Finally, you’ve bought the hot tub of your dreams. Now, it’s time to use it, right? As much as you’re excited to relax and unwind in your tub, you should first consider the chemicals needed to keep the water clean and safe.
Because your health is important, maintenance and care for your hot tub is a must. Well, what chemicals do I need for a hot tub then? You might ask. If you want to know more, here are the basics:
Spa Metal Free
Before anything else, you need to add Spa Metal Free to your hot tub water. Let this sit in the water for about four to six hours. Then, you can proceed with adding other chemicals.
If you’re not familiar with this, Spa Metal Free is used to neutralize the water in your tub and reduce the traces of metal found in it. With neutralized water, you won’t have any metals clashing with other chemicals in the water.
Spa Test Kit
If you’re not comfortable with the water in the tub, you can opt for a test kit used in spas to know its chemistry. Simply take a sample of the water and use the test to see results. Then, just follow the recommended guidelines of what’s the ideal balance of chemicals for safer and cleaner water.
For a much more specific and narrowed-down result, you can get a calcium hardness test to measure the level of calcium found in your water. Almost all water supply has this, and if you’re wary about using water that has a lot of calcium, this one’s for you.
Just a tip, though, the cloudier the water, the more traces of calcium are in it.
Alkalinity and pH
This is also another chemical needed in your water. The key to clean and safe water in the tub is to have a balance between the alkalinity and pH level of your water. Alkalinity keeps the pH level stable, while pH is used to determine the acidity of your water.
With the test kit, you can identify if you lack or are in excess of any of the two mentioned; just adjust the chemicals accordingly when needed. You can do this with a Spa pH decreaser or increase. Both can be easily bought from local stores or online.
One of the most important chemicals to add to your hot tub is Bromine. Since you have the option to use hot water, this chemical is excellent in killing off bacteria and viruses in the water. Chlorine can be used for this, but it’s not as effective when used in hot water. What’s great about Bromine is that it does not have a strong, unpleasant smell like chlorine.
In addition to chemicals used to kill bacteria and viruses, Shock is also used, especially when you use your water for the first time in a while. It’s excellent in removing any organic compounds that can be dangerous as well.
The last on our list are fragrances that you like; all the best hot tubs have this. This is optional, but we can all agree that adding fragrance gives more relaxation and makes everything smell nice too. Choose any fragrance that you like, but make sure to check the labels for any specific instructions before adding to the hot tub.
These are some of the most basic chemicals needed to make your hot tub experience great, safe, and clean!