Hot Tub Cover Maintenance

Is your hot tub cover ready?

Most hot tub covers last about 5 years; longer if they are protected from the elements and given proper care like cleaning and conditioning and regular time-off the tub, when they can shed some of the moisture and heat that they retain 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

If your spa cover has suffered a bit over the summer. If the vinyl is beginning to thin, maybe a crack across the panel insert, or if you start to see steam seeping out the sides of your hot tub cover – it may be time for a new one.

If you’re lucky enough to have a home hot tub, it’s important to educate yourself as much as possible about proper care and maintenance. This will not only prevent costly repairs, but also enhance the enjoyment you get out of your investment. But hot tub maintenance isn’t just about taking the right care of the water, filter, and other hardware: you also need to treat your hot tub cover right.

Hot tub covers are heavy covers to keep the interior of your hot tub clean and safely contained. They are usually made with a solid foam core, sometimes many layers thick, which affects the strength of the cover as well as how much heat it retains. They usually have one or more hinges to help with putting them on and taking them off of your hot tub. They also tend to have faux-leather vinyl or PVC covers – a stylish, and more importantly watertight, way to make sure your hot tub’s interior stays warm and secure.

Properly cleaning and protecting the cover is the first defense against unnecessarily having to replace it prematurely. Use Dazzle Cover Cleanse and Protect – it cleans, polishes and protects, so your cover looks and stays beautiful. Wet the cover with a garden hose, apply the non-abrasive cleaner, and wipe clean. Be sure to rinse the sponge or rag and re-apply cleaner regularly. DO NOT use harsh cleaning agents such as those containing alcohol, bleach, oil, detergent, or dish soap. This process should be repeated every month or so, or as often as is needed.

It’s very common for hot tub covers to develop a problem with mold or mildew forming on the inside of the vinyl cover. If you think this is the case with your hot tub cover (the smell will give it away), don’t worry. Simply remove the vinyl jacket from the inner foam core and set the core aside in a dry, shady place. Thoroughly scrub the inside of the cover, and then rinse with clean water and towel dry. Leave the cover out in the sun for another couple hours of air drying. However, if the foam core itself seems rotten, waterlogged, or highly mold-ridden, it’s almost certainly time for a replacement cover.

Moss is normal on a Hot Tub Cover especially during winter months, moss can start to grow on the exterior of your hot tub cover. This is common on or around zipper and surrounding stitching. Scrub the vegetation away and apply a cleaner like you normally would to the inside and outside.

Sit back and enjoy your hot tub, it's going to be a long, cold winter.