Hot Tub Cover Care, Information & Tips

hot tub coverYour spa or hot tub cover fights the weather all year long and keeping it clean and in condition will make it last, look and perform better and longer.

Sun, rain and snow all pull out the resins that keep vinyl insulated hot tub covers soft and pliable.

Over time, spa covers that are not cleaned and protected become brittle, develop thin spots and start to rip and tear.

The Cover Care Tips below will help keep your cover looking and working great for years to come.

• Keep the Cover Clean – The exterior 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 month.keepitclean

• Use a Moisturizing Product – Use a moisturizing and cover conditioning product, such as Kover Care & Conditioner, at least once every two months.

Don’t use any products with silicone in them. These types of products can destroy the vinyl’s topcoat, allowing the plasticized gases to escape. Once this happens, the vinyl will be susceptible to cracking.

• Wipe Off Chemical Residue – Clean 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 vapor begins to penetrate the EPS core when its protective layers become too porous.

• Maintain Proper Hot Tub Water Chemistry – We cannot stress the importance of maintaining proper hot tub and spa water chemistry enough. As your spa water chemistry is more balanced, the vapors coming off the tub are less corrosive. Making the vapors less corrosive leads to the protective layers of the cover to degrade more slowly, thus prolonging the life of your cover.

• Unzip Cover & Clean – 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.

• Remove EPS Cores & Flip Them – It’s also important to remove and flip your EPS cover at least once per year. The cover is a protective layering system designed to slow the EPS core’s absorption of water vapor. The corrosive vapors 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, thereby extending the total life span.

Remove Cover for 20-30 minutes After Shocking – As the shock is burning out the Chloramines and Bromimines in your hot tub or spa, highly corrosive vapors are released. Removing the cover after shocking will protect your covers materials from premature degradation.

• Never Use the Handles On Your Spa Cover – The only thing handles are good for on a spa cover is a sales gimmick. Sometime in the life of your spa cover, it is going to weigh a lot more than the twenty or thirty pounds that it was when it was new. A handle, which has a limited stitching area, cannot be expected to move around some of the conceivable weights of old spa covers and not rip out.

We recommend that you use the skirt. Our insulating spa covers are equipped with a non-segmented skirt/flap on each half of the cover. This long stitch run provides a more suitable design to dissipate the force of opening and/or moving the cover.

• Never Stand, Sit or Walk on Your Cover – Most covers are designed to insulate from heat loss and to keep debris and dirt out of the tub. You cannot walk on a standard spa cover. Please Note: We do offer special spa covers that can withstand as much as 500 or 1000 lbs. of weight.