Maintainance Programs


Here's a summary of the proper steps to take for starting up and maintaining your spa or hot tub.

NOTE: When a spa is filled for the very first time, it is recommended that a superchlorination dose of Chlorinated Concentrate be added with the spa circulation and aeration turned on. Allow the system to operated for a couple of hours, then drain spa and rinse interior surfaces. Refill the spa with fresh water and follow the steps below.

Always read and follow label directions on each package. Apply properly measured dosages following the application directions on the label.

START UP - PREFERRED METHOD

  1. As spa is filling with water, add SpaGuard® Stain and Scale Control to prevent stains from metals in the water.
  2. Once spa is filled, start equipment following manufacturer's directions. Apply SpaGuard® Polysheen and allow the water to circulate for about 5 minutes.
  3. Use SpaGuard® Perfect Balance following the recommendations on your computerised water analysis from your SpaGuard Specialist. These recommendations are personalised for your water and spa.
  4. Allow the water to circulate for approximately 30 minutes, then add SpaGuard® Chlorinated Concentrate to initially oxidise the water (50g/1000 litres).
  5. Use Brominating Tablets as detailed in start-up directions on the label.
  6. Once you have established a bromine residual of 4 to 6 ppm, apply SpaGuard® Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect.


ALTERNATE METHOD

  1. Follow instructions of Step 1 of Preferred Method above.
  2. Follow instructions of Step 2 of Preferred Method above.
  3. Balance the water following the recommendations on your computerised water analysis from your SpaGuard Specialist. These recommendations are personalised for your spa and water. Be sure to wait the indicated time between the addition of balancing products.
  4. Apply Chlorinated Concentrate as detailed in start-up directions on the label of the product. If you have chosen Brominating Tablets for your sanitiser, use Chlorinated Concentrate to establish a sanitiser residual.
  5. Once you have established the proper sanitiser residual, apply SpaGuard® Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect.

Whether you choose the preferred method or the alternate method, testing is very important. Use 4-way Test Strips.

PERFECT BALANCE - PREFERRED METHOD

  1. Test the bromine residual every day or every other day. Apply Brominating Tablets per label directions to maintain a bromine residual of 4 to 6 ppm.
  2. Test the pH of the water once a week. If pH drops below 7.2 or rises above 7.6, take a sample of your water to your SpaGuard Specialist for testing and recommendations. The ideal range is 7.4 - 7.6.
  3. Apply Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect and SpaGuard® Stain and Scale Control each week as indicated by label directions.
  4. Shock your spa with SpaGuard® Chlorinated Concentrate at least once a week. Additional applications are recommended after heavy spa usage or the appearance of cloudy water.
  5. Apply SpaGuard® Perfect Balance weekly to replenish and maintain pH buffering.
  6. Spas should be drained and refilled every 6 to 8 weeks depending on usage.


ALTERNATE METHODS - MINERAL ADJUSTMENT

  1. Test the chlorine or bromine residual every day or every other day. Apply SpaGuard® Chlorinated Concentrate if needed to maintain the chlorine residual between 1 to 3 ppm or increase/decrease the rate of SpaGuard® Brominating Tablets to maintain a bromine residual of 4 to 6 ppm.
  2. Test the total alkalinity of the water once a week. If the total alkalinity is below 125 ppm, use SpaGuard® Balance Pak 100 to raise the alkalinity to the proper range of 125 to 150 ppm. If the total alkalinity is above 150 ppm, use SpaGuard® Lo 'N' Slo to lower the total alkalinity to the proper range.
  3. Test the pH of the water once a week. If the pH drops below 7.2, use SpaGuard® Balance Pak 200 to raise the pH to the proper range of 7.2 to 7.6. If the pH rises above 7.6, use SpaGuard® Lo N' Slo to lower the pH to the proper range.
  4. Apply Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect and SpaGuard® Stain and Scale Control each week as indicated on the labels.
  5. Once a week - or more often if bather load is high - superoxidise your spa. You may use SpaGuard® Chlorinated Concentrate. Read the label carefully and follow directions.
  6. Each month test the calcium hardness level of your spa. If the calcium hardness is below 100 ppm, add SpaGuard® Balance Pak 300. If it exceeds 200 ppm, apply SpaGuard® Stain and Scale Control as indicated in the label directions.
  7. Spas should be drained and refilled approximately every 6 to 8 weeks, depending on usage. Consult with your SpaGuard Professional.

Tips


For ultimate bather comfort and soft silky water, use Optimiser Plus as a regular maintenance product.


When draining and refilling:

  • Clean spa surfaces with BioGuard® Off The Wall to remove greases and oils.
  • Use Swirl Away to remove all build-up of grime, greases and oils from pipes.
  • Remove all greases and oils from the filter with Spa Filter Brite.


If there is any foaming on the spa, AntiFoam Concentrate will dissipate any foam almost immediately.


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