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Hot Tub Cover Care and Maintenance

March 18th, 2013 by

Before and After using Leisure Time Spa Cover CleanerYour spa or hot tub cover fights the weather all year long, and like any Marine grade vinyl, cleaning and conditioning will make it last much longer.

Sun, rain and snow pull out the resins that keep vinyl soft and pliable. Over time, spa covers that are not cleaned and protected become brittle, and soon develop thin spots, rips and tears.

Fortunately, maintaining your hot tub cover is easy. I clean my cover once every few months, and it looks as good as the day I bought it (from HotTubWorks, of course), 3 yrs ago.

 

How to Clean a Hot Tub Cover

Start with a dry spa cover (use a towel if it’s been raining). Although you can use other vinyl cleaner and conditioner products, we have two products that are specifically meant for use with spa covers.

Just wipe it on the surface, and use a soft cloth to remove any excess. Apply more on seams or low spots that puddle water. It’s quick and easy to apply to both the top and the sides – but don’t use it on the inside of the spa cover.

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303 Spa Cover Wipes – These are even easier. Pre-moistened towelettes meant for one time use. Wipe it on the surface of your spa cover for an instant shine and cleaning. This is the product I have at home for my hot tub cover.

Leisure Time Cover Care - Cleans, restores and protects spa covers. Apply it with a sponge, using the textured side if you need it to remove tough stains. Allows you to apply extra if needed, unlike the wipes.

How to Condition a Hot Tub Cover

After a cleaning of your spa cover, your vinyl is prepped to receive a protectant. Without first cleaning the spa cover, the absorption of the protectant is limited, and protection is reduced. And, if after cleaning your spa cover, a protectant is not used, you may be amazed at how fast your spa cover gets dirty again. This is because cleaning your spa cover “opens up the pores” of the vinyl (much like skin), and dirt can gain a quick foothold – if not sealed up again with a bit of vinyl protection.

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Spa Cover Conditioner – This is our own brand, and our most economical spa cover protectant. Squeeze it out onto a sponge and the cream soaks into the vinyl cover. High level of UV protection – it’s like sunscreen for your spa cover!

303 Vinyl Protectant – Not oily or greasy, like other spa cover protectants. Spray on, wipe off. Repels dirt and dust and stains from leaves or animals.

How to Clean the Underside of your Spa Cover

Normally, the underside of your spa cover should not need cleaning, but if you notice a moldy, musty smell, or see dirt or discoloration on the surface, here’s a trick from an old hot tubber. Fill a small spray bottle with a 10:1 solution of water:bleach, or a 10% solution of bleach. Do this after removing the spa cover from the spa. After spraying the plastic undersides, hose clean with fresh water.

Don’t use household cleaning chemicals on your spa cover – you may add phosphates or detergents to the spa which can contaminate the water and give you problems with algae, foaming – or both. Some cleansers can even be harmful to spa users, if it gets into the spa water.

Hot Tub Cover Maintenance

Other than cleaning and conditioning your hot tub cover every 3 months or so, there isn’t usually any maintenance or needed repairs (as long as you are using a spa cover lifter). Here’s a few tips if you have problems with your spa top.

  1. Small tears to the plastic lining under the cover should be taped or patched to keep moisture out.
  2. Spa cover handles or straps can be sewn on again with an awl, or stapled (use Stainless Steel staples).
  3. Tears or rips in your vinyl cover material can be patched with an automotive “liquid vinyl” kit.
  4. Using a Spa Cover Cap can add years of life to your spa cover, and reduce the need for cleaning.

 

- Jack

 

Hot Tub Infographic

November 14th, 2012 by

Hot Tub infographics are all the rage now. This is one of the best, made from our friend Matt at SwimUniversity. It covers spa water care, spa filter care, spa water replacement, spa cover care, and finally cabinet and shell care. A full guide to spa and hot tub care. Print it out or pin/post to share the page with your friends!

A Complete Guide to Hot Tub Care by Swim University

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Hot Tub or Hot Tug?

October 2nd, 2012 by

I came across a CNET article about these fun hot tubs made in the Netherlands. You gotta love these folks that are making hot tubs go where they have never gone before.

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What is a HotTug? A wood-fired hot tub in which you can sail and a tugboat in which you can enjoy warm baths. With or without water the HotTug is a wide and stable boat for up to six people.

In the HotTug you can always enjoy yourself … whatever the weather is. Relax steaming through the canal, harbor or a lake? You’re able to with the HotTug!

This floating, boating hot tub is constructed from wood, coated with fiberglass. The HotTug has a stainless steel stove with a single wall pipe. The HotTug is available in two versions: 1 with integrated electric motor of 2.4 KW 2 with outboard.

How is the water in the HotTug heated?
A wood stove heats the water.

How long does it fill up with water and how long does it take to heat the water?
The filling rate depends on the thickness of the hose and the pressure. The HotTug can contain 2000 liters. The heater heats the water about eight degrees per hour. On average, it takes 3 hours before the water is 38 degrees Celsius. (or 100° in Fahrenheit).

How do you empty the HotTug?
The easiest way is with a submersible pump. With a small pump the HotTug is emptied in twenty minutes.

How hot is the water?
As warm as you want, but average people find a comfortable temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and that is no problem for the HotTug heater.

How many people are able to sit in the HotTug?
Six to eight people can sit in the HotTug.

How does the HotTug sail?
The HotTug is available in two versions:
1 with integrated electric motor of 2.4 KW
2 with outboard engine (electric or petrol)

How long do the batteries last?
The batteries will last at least 600 cycles. If they are not fully discharged, they last longer. On average you need to replace the batteries every seven years.

How much maintenance does the HotTug need?
Depending on the surrounding water (salt / freshwater / brackish), it is wise to apply a layer of antifouling every year or every two years. You need to empty the heater every season.

Where is the HotTug for sale?
At this moment the HotTug exclusively at supergoed.nl

Is the HotTug available in other colors?
By default, the HotTug is black, but at extra cost, any RAL and NCS colors are possible.

Where can I see the HotTug?
In cooperation with the Storm Water Sports, the HotTug is introduced at ‘in water boat show’ / Hiswa 2012. In addition you can see the HotTug at supergoed by appointment.

Does It Need A Hot Tub Cover?

Yes, but they don’t make them, but HotTubWorks.com does, so you are in luck!

 

Hot Tub Covers and Bears

September 17th, 2012 by

We have seen reports of bears in spas a few times. We have also had a few of our hot tub cover clients need to reorder their hot tub covers because the local bears have chewed up the covers.

You can protect your hot tub cover from bears. Our solution is to use our spa cover conditioner and protector on the spa cover. As the article below states, the bears smell the vinyl as it grows old and they think it’s an ant hill, so they eat it. Spa cover care products will protect the spa cover vinyl from producing the smell and make the vinyl last longer in the process.

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NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) -

Yet another bear sighting in a Lower Mainland neighbourhood. This 400-pound bruin was spotted in the Deep Cove area.

Tony Webb with the North Shore Black Bear Network says they need to fatten up before the winter.

“A big bear like that will need the equivalent of about 30 hamburgers a day, a lot of calories, before going into hibernation,” he explains.

Besides the usual food aromas, bears are attracted to the smell coming from hot tub covers.

“The vinyl starts to break down and releases formic acid that emulates an ant’s nest and will attract a bear,” Webb warns. “One technique to get rid of the smell is to wipe the cover weekly with a strong ammonia solution.”

If you see a bear in the neighbourhood, keep your distance, not because the bear might attack, but because bears might lose their fear of humans if it gets used to seeing people.

A bear had to be tranquilized after found wandering in North Burnaby on Thursday.

 

How to Keep Bears Away from your Spa Cover

 

Our specially formulated Spa Cover Conditioner and Protector helps keep your cover looking new. Now with added UV protection to help extend the life of your cover!

Maintain the beauty and service life your your new Hot Tub Works spa cover (and spa pillows too) with our Spa Cover Conditioner and Protector. Specially formulated to work with marine grade vinyl in harsh environments. Easy to use. Includes UV blocker. Also helps to restore the luster to your vinyl.

And, it prevents the smell of aged vinyl, so delicious to bears!

 

 

 

Hot Tub Safety Tips

July 20th, 2012 by

Hot-Tub-Safety by Pool Gear Plus

Your Health: Hot tub safety tips

by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.

Hot tubs, also known as spas, Jacuzzis and soaking tubs, have long been enjoyed by people seeking relaxation, stress reduction and a way to soothe aching muscles.

In my research for this column, I could find no scientific studies relating to the safe use of hot tubs. Most literature I reviewed states that if you have health questions relating to safe use of your hot tub, you should consult your physician.

Well, folks, because of the lack of medical research data, this physician — and most of my colleagues with whom I have spoken — can’t give any scientifically proven guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs. What advice we can give falls along the lines of experience and common sense.

With that being said, here are my guidelines for the safe use of hot tubs:

  • Shower with soap and water before and after use of a hot tub.
  • Do not heat your tub hotter than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and use an accurate thermometer to determine the temperature. Even if you’re in good health, do not soak longer than 20 minutes at a time.
  • A temperature of 100 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes is safer for those with heart disease or chronic medical problems and during pregnancy. It would be best not to use a hot tub during the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Children should be at least 5 years old and soak no longer than 10 to 15 minutes — and always under adult supervision — in a tub no hotter than 100 degrees.
  • Avoid hot tub use if under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as tranquilizers, antidepressants or sleeping pills.
  • Slowly exit the tub after soaking. Sit on the edge for a few minutes before standing upright. This should prevent the possibility of passing out because of the tub lowering your blood pressure.
  • Keep the tub clean and well maintained.

One way to prevent overheating is to not submerge your entire body in the hot tub water. Keeping your arms and shoulders out of the water is a good way to avoid getting too hot.

If someone with heart disease has been cleared by a doctor as well enough to exercise, they are probably at no risk when using a hot tub according to the above guidelines. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no evidence for increased risk of a heart attack while relaxing in a hot tub.

Hot tub folliculitis is a common pimple-like rash that will afflict some people after the use of a tub with a low chlorine level. It can be avoided by properly maintaining the tub and by showering after tub use. Unless severe, this rash will usually heal itself without the need to seek treatment from a doctor.

Enjoy your hot tub — that’s what it’s for.

Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., is an urgent-care physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz in Scotts Valley. Readers can view his previous columns on his website, valleydoctor.wordpress.com, or e-mail him at valleydoctor@sbcglobal.net. Information in this column is not intended to replace advice from your own health care professional. For any medical concern, consult your own doctor.

NOTE- Many safety issues arise when the hot tub is not use, please use a locking hot tub cover to secure hot tub when it’s not in use.

Hot Tub Covers Save Water and Energy

July 9th, 2012 by

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We help people save energy and water with our hot tub covers. In fact our covers were approved by Oregon Energy Trust for a $100 rebate because we can save up to 40% of energy with our energy saving hot tub covers.

That being said, there are many other ways to save around the home.

Learning to conserve water and energy is very important. As humans, we tend to over-consume, leading to unacceptable amounts of waste. Living sustainable starts in your home. Between showering, laundry, running your spa and lighting the rooms of your house, we waste energy every single day. However, there are many ways you can start saving today.

Adapting to taking shorter, “efficient” showers and using less lighting, can be very beneficial. Another effective way to conserve is by updating your old appliances to low-flow, energy efficient, or water conserving equipment. By using less and updating your appliances, you can quickly conserve a lot and lower your bills!

Let’s take a closer look with this Acting Green vs. Buying Green:

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Source: eLocal.com

Energy and Water Efficient Spa & Hot Tub Operation

  • Keep your spa cover in good condition, and well fitted.
  • Reduce temperature during times it’s unused.
  • Use low speed only unless you’re using the spa
  • Keep your spa filter clean. Replace the cartridge annually.

 

Modern Hot Tub Covers

June 29th, 2012 by

 

Some of Our Hot Tub Covers

I found some great hot tubs pictures which clients are always looking for for new ideas.  The hot tubs actually have hot tub covers which we made here at hottubworks. The wooden tub has a roll top cover which work great if your hot tub is gas heated. If you have an electric heated hot tub then the insulating hot tub cover is the best choice.

Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do. Some awesome homes in these pictures. If we’ve made your spa cover, send us a picture!
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If you had your hot tub or spa cover made by Hot Tub Works, leave your picture in the comments below. I’d love to post it to this page!

 

7 Hot Tub Safety Tips

June 26th, 2012 by

 Seven ways to Improve Hot Tub Safety

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A woman was found dead in a hot tub last week in Nevada. No foul play is suspected, it seems that she may have just slipped under the water.

Spas are very relaxing and can sometimes be too relaxing!

It seems to me to be a good time to provide some helpful spa safety tips for spa and hot tub owners.

 

  1. If you have a medical conditions, check with a doctor, and invite a buddy to join you. Safety in pairs.
  2. Hot tubs will increase blood flow and heart rate, so if you have issues with either, be careful.
  3. Don’t stay in the spa for too long. 30 min max. Get out and cool off every 15 minutes is best or keep tub at lower temp.
  4. Stay hydrated with water. Booze is not a good mix with hot water. Alcohol hits you quicker in a spa.
  5. When not using Hot Tub, always place a locking hot tub cover on the hot tub.  This will protect you and little ones from harm.
  6. Never allow children to use the spa or hot tub unsupervised.
  7. Ensure that your spa drain covers are secured properly to prevent entrapment

I know that these seem like common sense points about hot tub safety yet everyday we see reports of people ingnoring these simple guidelines.

Hot Tubs Keep You Healthy

May 17th, 2012 by

Hot Tubs help fight hypertension & diabetes

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Hot Tub Lifestyle

Quote startRegular hot tub bathing may help fight hypertension & diabetesQuote end

Gatwick, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 May 2012

We always knew that hot tubs were a great place to relax with family and friends, and to get a heavenly, soothing massage, but research shows that they are also good for your health, helping fight off serious diseases like hypertension and diabetes, according to hot tub specialists Waterstream Hot Tubs, regional distributors for respected American hot tub manufacturer Spa Crest Hot Tubs.

The UK has seen a huge rise in numbers diagnosed with diabetes, rising from 1.4 million in 1996 to 2.9 million today. Estimates suggest that over four million people will have diabetes by 2025 with most cases being Type 2 diabetes, due to the rise in the numbers who are obese and an increasingly ageing population. More than ever there is an acute need to find ways to combat type 2 diabetes.

According to a report in this week’s ‘The Guardian’, the newspaper of the University of California at San Diego, results of numerous studies catalogue the positive health benefits of regular hot-tubbing, in particular Dr Philip Hooper noted in a 1999 article in the New England Journal Of Medicine that tests on diabetic patients showed significant reductions in blood glucose levels, after only three weeks of hot tub bathing for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week!

In 1962 in Pavia, Italy, Ferruccio Ritossa accidentally discovered the ‘heat shock response’, while studying molecular genetics. A fellow student increased the temperature of his drosophila (fruit fly) incubator to higher than normal. When Ritossa examined the drosophila cells, he noticed changes in a way that makes DNA more accessible to be copied, or transcribed, which he discovered was being caused by the increase in temperature. Last year, Drs Virginia Vega and Laura Alexander from UCSD demonstrated that the heat shock response improves the condition of non-obese diabetic mice.

Coupled with other benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure, reduced weight due to buoyancy, and lowered stress on the joints, Alex Kemsley, managing director of Waterstream Ltd based in Handcross nr Gatwick says that the public are welcome (by appointment) to bring along their bathing costumes so that they can try out the superb Spa Crest range at their showroom to experience the benefits for themselves. And best yet, because they recirculate and filter their water, hot tubs are exempt from the hosepipe ban!

If you need spa filters, hot tub covers, or spa chemicals; please visit www.hottubworks.com

Sources:
University of California at San Diego (http://ow.ly/azfbp)
Diabetes UK (http://ow.ly/azfqd)

 

Going Green For Hot Tub Covers

April 23rd, 2012 by

Going Hot Tub Cover Green

Not THAT kind of Green Spa or Hot Tub!

Not THAT kind of Green Spa or Hot Tub!

Recently we crossed another milestone – our spa and hot tub cover production reached the very exciting new level of 500,000 hot tub covers manufactured. The growth over the last seven years has not been easy but it has been rewarding. We have been able to create more jobs, buy more raw materials, and provide more shipping contracts for all of our domestic partners.

One of the aspects that we are most proud of our operation is the technology we have invested in. All raw materials in our production facility are cut by automated machines, making our waste the lowest possible, creating a safe work place, and the greenest operation in our industry. Our order processing system is state of the art, and updates me on each order every 15 minutes. By using computer and industrial technologies, we have lowered our energy consumption and been able to produce higher quality hot tub covers (which protect hot tubs from wasting energy!).

And also quite recently, our hot tub covers were awarded the Energy Trust certification by Oregon. This means our Ultra and Works spa cover models exceed their energy savings guide lines. Oregon Energy Trust has created a rebate program for residents of Oregon to receive a rebate of $100 dollars on one of our Ultra and Works spa covers. The rebate is awarded because these spa covers save energy. They not only reduce demands for electricity but also have a big impact to the operational costs and energy bills for the home owner. It’s great program and we are proud to involved.

Here is the Energy Trust Program:

Energy-efficient spa covers can save money and last longer

Energy-efficient outdoor spa covers save energy by slowing unwanted air escape or intrusion between outdoor air and the heated water in your spa. Covers also keep debris out, decreasing demand on your heating, filtration and pumping components. Energy-efficient spa covers are framed and fully insulated—even at the folding seam—which helps you use less energy to maintain the temperature of your water, even when your spa is not in use, or is in standby mode.

Energy Trust offers a cash incentive for energy-efficient spa covers.

Energy Trust Incentives

Outdoor spa cover: $100 rebate

To qualify for this incentive:

  • Outdoor spa cover must be purchased through Energy Trust’s list of participating retailers.
  • Spa unit must be located outside and be heated with electricity or natural gas
  • Spa cover with air chambers must be at least two inches thick at all points; spa cover with a foam core must be at least three inches thick at all points
  • Spa cover should be one continuous piece, insulated to a minimum R-12, or a folding spa cover must have a hinge insulated to a minimum R-12

Oregon customers primarily heating their spa with electricity or natural gas from Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas can participate.

Oregon homes that heat with oil, propane, kerosene, butane or wood can conduct their own energy audit and apply for cash rebates for installed weatherization upgrades through the Oregon Department of Energy’s SHOW (State Home Oil Weatherization) program.

Energy Trust does not pay incentives for energy-efficient improvements that are mandated for building code compliance, such as remodeling, renovation or new additions to the home.

 

Follow these easy steps to get cash for purchasing an outdoor spa cover:

1: Establish your eligibility

2: Purchase a qualified outdoor spa cover from a participating retailer (Like HotTubWorks!)

3: Sign and submit your application within 90 days of purchase.


Mail or fax your signed and completed application, participating retailer receipt and manufacturer packaging slip to:

Mail:
Energy Trust of Oregon
Existing Homes
P.O. Box 40508
Portland, OR 97240

Fax: 1.866.516.7592