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How to effectively clean your jetted tub in just a few easy steps

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Imagine coming home after an exhausting day at work, and all you can think about is soaking in that luxurious, expensive jetted tub that you and your family carefully selected. So you prep your bath with your favourite essential oil and bath salts, and finally get to unwind in this little piece of heaven you have created for yourself.

The only thing that could stand in the way of this ideal scenario is coming home to a dirty bathtub that is ridden with grime and soap scum. In this situation, you have two options; you either learn how to clean a jetted tub, or accept that your self-care in the tub has ended before it even began!

Why You Should Clean Your Jetted Tub Routinely

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If the jetted tub is not cleaned regularly and/or stagnant water is not drained away, it can cause mould and bacteria to build up which is completely unsanitary for you and your family. On top of this, it can result in your jets getting blocked or clogged, thereby compromising on the water pressure and overall experience of soaking in your expensive bathtub.

Most jetted tubs come with recommended cleaning methods which are provided by their respective manufacturers. This should be available in your installation or instruction manual. If not, the company website should have all the information you need.

If you’re wondering how often you should clean a jetted tub, our cleaning experts have devised a cleaning process that is recommended approximately once every 1 – 3 months. Ultimately, it really comes down to how quickly the surface becomes dirty and grimy. As long as you clean your tub routinely, you can enjoy your wonderful hydrotherapy whenever you feel your body and soul needs it!

What is the Best DIY Cleaning Solution for Jetted Tubs?

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We recommend using safe, green products whilst cleaning your home. Particularly for areas like the bathtub because you don’t want to have traces of chemicals left on a surface that your skin and body will make contact with.

Baking soda and vinegar are excellent, non-toxic cleaning products that are much safer for you and the environment as opposed to commercial chemical products. Along with being inexpensive and widely available, baking soda (also known as Sodium Bi-carbonate) acts as an effective gentle scrub for your bathtub. This non-abrasive alkali helps to remove stains and grease which get dissolved when baking soda and water are added to the grime. It also whitens and fights bacteria on the surface, thus making it an excellent cleaning agent in your home.

Vinegar, which is acidic, acts as a natural disinfectant, neutralises odours, and helps in unclogging blockages in sinks and drains. Together, these fantastic cleaning products will leave your jetted tub naturally clean and spotless!

Step-by-Step Instructions to Clean Your Jetted Tub

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Don’t be startled or overwhelmed when you see that this DIY natural cleaning method for a jetted tub includes 9 different steps; they are super simple and straightforward to follow.

Now, let’s begin by gathering a few household items.

What You’ll Need to Clean a Jetted Tub:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hot or warm water (not scalding hot)
  • 2 microfibre cloths
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Rubber gloves

When you have everything you need close at hand, refer to the steps below to deep clean your jetted tub.

Step 1

With a damp microfibre cloth, wipe away any dust particles that may have accumulated along the interior surface of the tub. You will find that this alone picks up some of the dirt and therefore, might need to be rinsed between wipes. When you are done, rinse the microfibre cloth thoroughly as it will be reused later on.

Step 2

Dust an adequate amount of dry baking soda along the floor and sides of the tub. Dampening the walls of the bathtub will help the powder to stick better while a dry floor will allow the baking soda to spread more evenly as you sprinkle it around.

Step 3

Add hot water to the baking soda by filling up the tub. Ensure that the jets are submerged, as well as stubborn or hardened grime along the sides of the bathtub.

Step 4

Add 2 to 3 cups of distilled white vinegar to the mixture of water and baking soda while it is still hot. There’s no need to stir or swish it around as the next step will ensure that the ingredients are properly combined and put to work.

Step 5

Follow your manufacturer's recommendation in relation to either turning off the air induction valves or leaving them open. Then power up the jets to get this mixture to circulate through the tub, and watch the magic happen!

Step 6

Allow your tub to run for approximately 5 to 10 minutes to allow the mixture to get into all the nooks and crannies of your tub. Thereafter, turn off your jets and allow all the water to drain away.

Step 7

Dampen a clean, soft toothbrush, dip it into some baking soda, and scrub the area around the jets’ nozzles to remove any leftover dirt. For scum residue that hasn’t washed away along the interior surface and top edges of the tub, use your damp microfibre cloth to scrub it away with the help of some more baking soda. In a similar manner, wipe down the taps and faucets.

IMPORTANT: Avoid using a rough or hard brush/scrubber to clean your jetted tub as it can cause scratches which can make the surface look old and worn out.

Step 8

Refill your tub, power your jets, and let the movement of water unsettle any unwanted scum before it gets drained away. If needed, manually rinse off the edges of the bathtub before you turn the jets off, and subsequently drain the water.

Step 9

Use your clean, dry microfibre cloth to wipe away all the water droplets to avoid water-spotting in your tub. This will help your jetted tub look smooth and clear of unsightly hard water stains caused by mineral deposits.

How to Keep Your Jetted Tub Clean

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While the nine steps above will effectively deep clean your jetted tub, one should note that rinsing and drying the tub after each use goes a long way in keeping it clean. For this, allow your bathtub to fill with hot water, add 1 - 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, and turn on the jets for 5 minutes. Finish off by draining away the water, and then drying the surface immediately with a clean microfibre cloth. This quick rinse will save you the hassle of doing a deep clean sooner than you need to by reducing the soap scum, mould, mildew, and bacteria buildup.

Now, you can finally relax in your jetted tub knowing that whilst you soak in the warm wonderful water, you have been kind to yourself, your family, and the environment by using an eco-friendly method to clean your jetted tub!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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