Knowing how to clean a whirlpool tub can extend the useful life of your jets. It will also ensure that residue caught within the jets is not recirculated within the whirlpool tub. A thorough cleaning should be conducted at least once a month, with a superficial cleaning occurring once a week.
Caring for Your Whirlpool Tub
In order to maintain the functionality of the whirlpool tub jets, many manufacturers recommend using bath salts and bubble baths that are not oil based. Bath oils should also be strictly avoided because the whirlpool tub can increase the foam of these oils, also increasing the chance that it will cling to the plumbing.
In addition to taking these precautions, you should also buy a nonabrasive bathtub cleanser. Use this cleanser according to the manufacturer’s directions once a week to remove surface grime.
To conduct a deep cleaning, you will also need one of the following two products.
Commercial Cleanser: Many manufacturers offer a specially made commercial cleanser for their specific whirlpool tub jets. Check on the manufacturer’s website for purchasing instructions.
Dishwasher Detergent: A low foam detergent, such as dishwasher detergent, can also be used for deep cleaning. It is less expensive than commercial cleanser and you may already have some in your house.
How to Clean a Whirlpool Tub and Jets
Whether you use dishwasher detergent or a commercial cleanser, the technique for cleaning the jet is the same.
Begin by filling your whirlpool tub with hot water. The water should be at least 140 degrees F to insure that any residue will dissolve. Add four to eight tablespoons of dishwasher detergent or the recommended amount of commercial cleanser. If you are using dishwasher detergent, you can also add one half cup of bleach, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
With the air induction off, run the water jets for twenty minutes. After twenty minutes drain the water.
Continue by filling the whirlpool tub with cold water. Run the whirlpool tub for an additional twenty minutes. Clean the interior of the tub with a nonabrasive cleanser.
Learning how to clean a whirlpool tub is only useful if you regularly and thoroughly clean the jets. Try associating the monthly cleaning with some other task you complete once a month, or mark it on your calendar. Whirlpool tubs that are used frequently should be cleaned more often. If you regularly use a lot of bath salts or other bubble baths, you may also need to clean the jets more frequently.