How to Care for Your Spa Covers or Hot Tub Covers
Spa and hot tub covers are necessary to protect the inner workings of your spa or hot tub by keeping out debris and dirt from the water. These covers will also prevent children and pets from falling inside the unit and getting injured. In order to have your spa cover or hot tub cover last a long time, you will need to take proper care of it. Failure to take care of your spa or hot tub cover will have it cracking and fading in no time. This will consequently result in damage to your hot tub, as well as potential injury to your family.
The first thing to do in order to extend the life of your spa or hot tub cover is to clean it. Avoid using detergent based soaps, dish washing soaps; alcoholic products or any other cleaning products that contain bleach, as these could damage the vinyl in the cover. Ask your spa or hot tub cover manufacturer for recommendations on which products to use, or simply use water and some elbow grease.
Inspect your spa or hot tub cover for any signs of damage or wear on a regular basis. Check for small holes or cuts in the vinyl. These should be immediately repaired to prevent the inner foam core from getting damaged due to moisture build up and mold growth.
Simple repairs can be completed on the inner plastic layer by covering the holes with some clear packing tape. If possible, buy a vinyl repair kit to patch up any holes or cuts in the outer vinyl layer.
You will also need to look into ways of preventing mold from building up on your spa or hot tub covers. Most good quality covers will come already treated with anti-mold agent. Depending on your particular environment, you may need to apply additional protection. Again, it would be wise to consult your cover manufacturer for recommendations on which products to use.
At least 3-4 times a year, you should apply quality UV vinyl protection to your hot tub cover. This will help protect it from cracking and drying, due to exposure to the sun. Be sure to consult your cover manufacturer on which products to use. At least once a year, remove the foam core sections from inside the vinyl cover and flip them over, to help reduce sagging in your hot tub covers and spa covers.