WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I CLEAN MY HOT TUB?
Getting into a hot tub after a tiring day at work can certainly relax your entire body. However, even the most exquisite spas need a good cleaning every now and then. One of the best ways to ensure that your hot tub stays clean is to create a routine schedule and stick to it. With regular cleaning of the tub, you’ll realize it isn’t troublesome at all to keep a very clean area for you and your family to enjoy.
DRAINING YOUR SPA
Hot tubs run at an optimal temperature for mold and bacteria to flourish. They can grow on the sides of your tub and within the system itself. Therefore, it’s imperative that you flush the lines of your hot tub regularly. This basically means running a cleaner through the system regularly to keep it cleaner than ever before!
Common side effects of not cleaning your spa can include cloudy water, decreased water pressure or strain on the motor. These should wither off once you develop the habit of cleaning the lines regularly. The procedure may differ according to your cleaner choice and hot tub model. Always refer to the specific instructions provided with the products and/or spa.
DISCONNECT THE POWER SOURCE
Next, you should disconnect the power. Leaving the power source connected while draining and cleaning your spa can be detrimental to the entire system. It could result in several issues, including:
- Broken pumps
- Damaged circuit breaker
- Reduced longevity or performance
Refer to instructions included with your spa to safely disconnect the power source. This simple step could save you tons of unnecessary costs down the road.
DRAINING THE WATER
This should be done according to the instructions that come with your hot tub. You can use a built-in sump pump or a drain plug for this purpose, however many manufacturers do recommend leaving the foot-well of your hot tub full of water. In case that flushing the lines leaves a cloudy discharge, it’s important that you empty your tub completely to remove any bad particles or debris.
CLEAN THE HOT TUB
After the initial rinsing of the tub, it’s time to clean! Sanitize your system using various hot tub cleaners, rags or spa scrub brushes. Gently scrub off all the dirt and grime with your rag or even a sponge. Be sure to use soft sponges to avoid causing any damage to the surface or the shell of cabinetry.
After the scrubbing, comes the more technical part of cleaning. Take out the filters from the cabinet in which your pump is located. You might have to unscrew a few bolts, so you should keep the necessary equipment by your side. After removing the filters, gently spray them with a garden hose. Afterwards, scrub them with a dichloride solution and then place it in an oil cutting solution for at least half an hour for maximum results.
Thinking about buying a Hot Tub? Here is a tip on what you need to plan before you purchase.
A hot tub is a big investment. You’ve made a smart choice to do some research before taking the plunge. There are several factors to consider when you are contemplating adding a JHot Tub to your backyard.
Having a detailed and organized plan is a great way to avoid stress, as is relaxing in your potential Jacuzzi® Hot Tub!
COST AND WHAT’S AFFORDABLE
The first and most important factor to consider is what is affordable for you. This might be the deciding factor for various details of what you are looking for in a hot tub. For instance, a new JHot Tub might be more expensive than a used one. The more expensive a hot tub is, the more likely it is to be of greater quality, a newer model or is larger in size and accommodating to more people. It’s important to keep financing options in mind when choosing between a new and used Hot Tub.
You will also need to factor in any costs for upkeep and maintenance. You will have to incorporate upkeep costs for your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for as long as it is in use. You can inquire with one of our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub customer service reps about what kind of maintenance costs the hot tub you have your eye on might require on a regular basis. These costs include, but aren’t limited to, needs such as chemicals, filters, and replacement parts.
Other various costs to consider are accessories and warranties. Incorporating these financial factors is a crucial first step in your planning process.
HOT TUB SIZE VS CAPACITY
Narrowing down possible Hot Tub options is a lot easier once you have a budget in mind. Now you are able to see what is offered in your price range. The more people you wish to accommodate in your hot tub, the bigger it needs to be. It’s important to know how much space you have available to fit a hot tub before picking the model. All factors work hand-in-hand with each other, so it is very important to know what you are looking for and what you have to work with.
PRO’S AND CON’S LIST
Making a realistic pro and cons list may be an effective way for you to decide if a hot tub is a worthwhile investment for you and/or your family. Some pros to consider may include the year-round use it provides, health and relaxation benefits, less space and cost than a pool requires an easy relocation.
WHAT’S BEST FOR ME?
These examples are just food for thought but are still very important factors to consider when deciding if a hot tub is right for you. Needs and preferences vary between different people and families. If you are unsure of what might be best for you, one of our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub sales representatives would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
As a distributor of luxury hot tubs and spas complemented by a full line of hot tub accessories, they provide knowledgeable staff fully trained in the latest technology in this field. Their spas are designed to deliver the ultimate in pleasure, and our staff is chosen for its ability to provide exceptional service.
To date, the Canadian Spa Industry & Health Canada does not have set standards, including infection control standards for spas.
Here are a few suggestions on what to look for in all businesses supplying esthetics and spa services:
- Ask the receptionist at the time of booking to verify that all service providers are accredited in their field.
- You should always be asked to fill out a health questionnaire before treatment. There are certain medications and health conditions that determine the type of care and the type of products that are safe to use.
- Check into the sterilization techniques used. Many salons and spas use UV Sterilizers to sterilize tools. These do not kill bacteria. All non-disposable instruments used must be sterilized correctly in order to protect you from what can be very serious health complications. Solutions used for sanitization and sterilization must be a hospital-grade disinfectant that also includes protection against HIV, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis.
These are just a few of the things to ask about…Keep these points in mind when choosing your spa pampering, and your experience will be safe and relaxing.
Any tools that can not be put in the autoclave are given to you to take home or are discarded. We use hospital-grade disinfectant (Accel TB) to disinfect our Pedicure Chairs & Hydrotherapy Tub after each and every client, meeting all specified safety standards. We care about your health and safety.
WHAT IS ONCOLOGY ESTHETICS?
All people with cancer, undergoing treatment or in recovery can benefit from Touch Therapy, however, it is important to know the level of therapy required for each individual. Oncology esthetics is a relatively new specialty field of care, perhaps this is the first time you've ever heard of it, but it's becoming more recognized & available due to the many benefits it provides. Already widely available throughout the United States, it is sadly absent in most of Canada. As one of the first certified Oncology Esthetics in Saskatchewan, we are passionate about offering this much-needed service to our clients and committed to encouraging more estheticians to acquire this certification.
Oncology Esthetics focuses on the individual who needs a gentle, safe, light touch and approach to skin care treatments that assists in easing the discomfort that your body and skin endure due to cancer therapy. Health challenges, medications, & the side effects of cancer therapy as well as our environment can cause irritation, dryness, and fragility of the skin.
Oncology Esthetics offers individualized treatments to help soothe, hydrate balance and calm the skin. Balanced happy skin, deep relaxation, tension and stress that melts away...a much-needed escape at a much-needed time during an individual's journey and recovery. If you are newly diagnosed or a cancer survivor, we offer services that will help to relax your mind, body and spirit while maintaining the health and balance of your skin.
Through proper skincare, we can help you look and feel better. It is important to select skincare and personal care products that do not contain synthetic fragrances, harsh ingredients and exfoliation properties, colors or other known reactive ingredients that may instigate reactions. Oncology Esthetics™ meet the specific skincare needs and challenges of individuals living with cancer. They know how to perform safe skin and beauty treatments for these individuals You may think a facial is an extravagant expense during cancer treatments. Your skin is especially dry and fragile during chemotherapy and radiation, and your stress levels are up, a facial is just the thing to bring you some much-needed skincare, relaxation—and to help promote healing!
Great Spa questions - Part 2:
Q: Renee T: Are there any creams/treatments that actually fade age spots? (Besides prevention with sunscreen and avoiding the sun).
A: Prevention really is key, however, I suggest having microdermabrasion treatments done, specifically focusing on the problem areas, followed by applying a lightening serum and cream diligently at home. It is very important to remember to continue with, and always apply sunscreen or the hyperpigmented areas will quickly return and darken.
Q: Jennifer G: My Skin is really dry at this time of year, and no matter what I put on it, nothing helps! What are your recommendations?
A: It’s important to update your skincare regime with season changes. I would suggest a heavier cream containing Hyaluronic Acid (to encourage moisture retention), or a cream containing Vitamin C to be applied before bed, to lock in hydration and provide repair to dry or de-hydrated skin. A light hydrating cream is great during the day, followed by sunscreen (even in the winter) and avoid creams or makeup with mineral oil that prevent the skin from breathing, or contain alcohol that dries! Try & exfoliate once a week to remove dry, dead skin cells and follow with a hydrating mask to really boost the skin’s moisture levels!
Q: Paige F: Is there anything specific we can do before and/or after a pedicure to help our feet (other than pumice stone, etc)?
A: To maintain healthy heels use a sanitized foot file after a foot soak or during a bath. Keep nails trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown toenails, and for full hydration or maintenance of the feet be sure to follow with a cream suitable for your specific concerns! (Callus, cracks, sweating feet, peeling skin, bad circulation etc). TIP *Be careful not to remove too much callus when filing, or your skin will actually produce more callus in response for protection!
When time permits, I suggest letting the pro’s take care of you! Invest in a professional pedicure service and let those sensitive feet be pampered!