Caring for Your Spa Cover!
A proper and diligent spa cover care routine can certainly be the difference between you
needing to buy another cover in 3-4 years instead of it lasting 5-7 years. Here are some tips to
get the most out of your new spa cover purchase.
- Keep the cover clean. The vinyl needs to stay clean and conditioned. Use a mild
detergent and water solution to clean the vinyl portion of the cover at least twice per
- Use a moisturizing product, at least once every two months. Do
not use any product with silicone in it. We have found that the use of these products tend
to draw the moisture out of the vinyl, leaving it susceptible to cracking. Using saddle soap to clean
your cover will help to moisturize the vinyl.
- Wipe chemical residue from the underside of the cover every chance you get. These
residues, if left on the cover, start to break down the material causing it to become
porous. Water vapour begins to penetrate the EPS core when its protective layers
become too porous.
- Maintain proper spa water chemistry. We cannot stress this enough. As your spa water
chemistry is more balanced, the vapours coming off the tub are less corrosive. Making the
vapours less corrosive leads to the protective layers of the cover to degrade more slowly,
thus, prolonging the life of your cover. Failing to maintain proper water chemistry may
void your warranty.
- Unzip the cover and clean just inside the zipper at least twice per year. Mildew has a
tendency to build up here and if you have not kept your sanitizer levels up you may
develop this as a problem. Use a weak ammonia and water solution.
- Remove the EPS cores and flip them over at least once per year. The cover is a
protective layering system designed to slow the EPS core absorption of water vapour.
The corrosive vapours formed in your spa break down these layers over time. By flipping
the cores over, you start to work on the other side of the protective wrap on the core.
- Remove the cover for 20-30 minutes after shocking your spa water. As the shock is
burning out the Chloromines and Bromimines in your spa, highly corrosive vapours are
released. Following this tip will protect your covers materials from premature
- Completely remove the cover at least once per week to allow the water to drain out of it.
Always completely remove the cover while using your hot tub. We highly discourage the
practice of only opening one half of the cover while bathing in your spa.
- Use a floating thermal blanket in addition to the traditional hard-shell insulating cover.
Floating covers, by bringing a layer of insulation to water level, drastically cut down on
evaporation. Evaporation is the primary delivery vehicle for bringing the chemicals and
contaminants to the cover. Cutting down evaporation reduces the amount of damage
done to the cover.