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Filters are Kind of My Thing

Asthma has made me a bit obsessed about clean spa and hot tub filters. I clean the filter in the hot tub at his condo complex all the time. The tenants notice and appreciate the gesture. You can’t be too cautious. After all, the public is involved; it is more than my health at stake. You would want to take extra care with any communal facility.

There are different products made specifically to clean hot tub filters. You can purchase in quart bottles a concentrated overnight formula that deep cleans filter to remove dirt, oil, grease and scale with minimum effort. A three-month cleaning removes grids or cartridges from filters. Here’s what you do. In a clean, plastic pail, bucket or trash can that contains 8 gallons of water, add contents of the Filter Clean. (This is enough solution to clean 110 square feet of filter area.) Place cartridge or grids upright in solution. Soak for a minimum of 3 hours. For maximum effectiveness, soak overnight. Remove filter from solution. Hose off filter with high pressure nozzle and replace. By the way, it is compatible with chlorine, bromine and biguanide sanitizers.

There are other spa/hot tub cleaning accessories. Simply attach a filter spray nozzle to your hose and watch how easily your filter is cleaned. Take it from me, I use it. The special nozzle is designed specifically to clean spa filters. It projects a flat, fan like spray for deep cleaning action, prolonging the life and effectiveness of filters so I am told.

Another good bet is a mineral sanitizer like Nature2 Spa which uses mineral-bed technology to destroy bacteria. Its revolutionary process significantly improves the look, feel and smell of spa water by dramatically reducing chlorine and bromine requirements. If used with MPS, the most recommended spa oxidant, it becomes a complete spa sanitizing system – the only non-chlorine spa sanitizing option available. And managing your spa is easier than ever; Nature2 Spa slips into your spa filter and lasts up to four months. It works with any existing filtration system and all spa flow rates so you get hassle-free maintenance. It leaves water softer and clearer. It is available for spas up to 500 gallons.

I have provided some basic instructions here, not that any of you will be cleaning filters any time soon. You may have a maintenance person for your own hot tub. If you live in a complex, you should assume that it will be done. Since it is my job. I want those who have been lax to see the products they need and how easy it can be to be compliant with hot tub recommendations. Check with your pool supply company to discuss chemicals as well as they are not all desirable. There are different options that are healthier and less harsh to the skin. Meanwhile, asthma sufferers should know that vigilance is their best form of protection when they are at risk.