Whirlpool or jacuzzi tubs require special care and cleaning products to be sure all bacteria is eliminated. Not only must the interior and exterior surface be cleaned, the jets and pumps also must be disinfected. Bacteria like warm, dark places to grow and jacuzzi jets are a perfect spot. They will be blasted out into the bath water when the tub is restarted if they are not removed. Mold and mildew also enjoy the interior of jets and pumps and your bathroom may smell musty if they are not removed on a regular basis. Most experts recommend cleaning the entire tub with certain products at least twice a month to remove bacteria and grime.
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Manufacturers suggest using speciality-made products to degrease and disinfect your whirlpool tub. Jacuzzi.com sells Systems Clean. This product is recommended by the jacuzzi sales group as a safe, effective cleaner. Jacuzzi claims this is the most effective at removing body oils, soap scum and other grime and bacteria that may accumulate in the jets and pump systems. The product retails for approximately £13 for a box of five cleaners. Home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's also sell products specifically for use in jetted tubs.
Homeowner Cleaning Solutions
Many homeowners opt to go the less expensive route and use cleaning agents already in their homes to successfully clean whirlpool tubs. Owners on several how-to sites suggest using a dishwasher detergent with enzyme cleaner, such as Cascade Complete, and ½ cup of bleach to completely clean and disinfect the whirlpool jets.
Wipe down the surface with an approved bath cleaner. This could be an over-the-counter product such as Tilex, or a homemade concoction, such as baking soda mixed with Castile soap. Be sure it is a mild abrasive, and use a soft cloth or sponge to avoid scratching the surface of your bathtub. Rinse the cleaning agent from the tub completely.
When cleaning the jacuzzi, add warm water to submerse all of the jacuzzi jets. Jets that are allowed to suck air could be damaged; be sure all are under water before adding a cleaning agent. The cleaner should include a degreaser to remove body oils sucked into the pumping system, as well as a disinfectant to kill bacteria. Run the whirlpool with the air jets fully open for at least 10 minutes. Some experts say 15 minutes is even better to completely remove oils, grime and bacteria.
Drain the whirlpool tub, then add clear, cold water. Once again, be sure the whirlpool jets are completely submerged. The cold water will not add to the froth from the scrubbing agent, such as Dawn liquid soap, but will rinse the entire system. Let the jacuzzi jets run another 5 to 10 minutes to thoroughly rinse the pump system.
Cleaning your whirlpool tub at least twice a month prevents the growth of mould, mildew and bacterial growth. Not cleaning your jacuzzi tub properly could not only damage the jets, but also cause health problems in those who use the tub.
Only use approved bath salts and bath bubbles in your whirlpool tub, as those not specifically formulated for a jacuzzi may cause damage to the pumps. Low-foaming formulas will not cause damage or build up to the interior of the pump system. Also, do not allow any detergent to sit for more than 15 minutes, as it may damage the finish and the pumping system.
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