Make That Cover Last!
Most people (myself included) consider a soak in the hot tub a necessity in order to make it through cold winter nights! After spending a small fortune making your Jacuzzi® the ultimate North American oasis, the last thing you want is for its cover to only last a year or two.
Here are some tips on keeping your new spa cover in great shape for many years to come!
1. Protection. If your Jacuzzi is in a spot where sunlight often hits it, it is crucial that you apply some form of UVA/UVB protectant to the top of your cover. A vinyl protectant should be applied 2-3 times a year.
2. Bromine beware. If you use Bromine in your tub, be sure to keep the levels to a minimum. Gas trapped under the cover will ‘orange peel’ the underside and make your cover very brittle overall!
3. Snow trap. A single cubic foot of freshly fallen snow weighs about 30 pounds! So if you have an 8 x 8 cover you can imagine all the extra weight being placed on your cover. To avoid this weight-related damage, be sure to remove snow as it piles on during the winter months. On top of snow, do not sit anything on the cover of your tub. This includes children and pets!
4. Weekly shocks. When you are shocking your hot tub leave the cover open or better yet, off! Leaving the cover off for an entire jet cycle (15-20 mins) will allow expelled gases to escape. This habit not only protects the underside of the cover but also clears your water for clarity!
5. Frequent inspections. Check the vinyl cover for any pokes or cuts on a regular basis. As soon as a small hole is made the foam core of your cover begins absorbing liquid, making it heavier and ultimately causing more wear and tear to your tub.
6. The flip. Just like your bed mattress, the inside foam of your Jacuzzi cover should be flipped about once a year. Just unzip, flip, and get further longevity for your cover!
So, with the right protection, simple inspections and frequent cleaning your Jacuzzi cover will be well worth its original cost and might even outlive you!