Care : Needs for Every Spa
A spa or hot tub is an investment in
your relaxation. A hot soak relaxes tired muscles, promotes circulation
and helps relieve stress. Sound chemical maintenance will preserve your
investment and enhance your enjoyment.
page is designed to help you get the most enjoyment from your spa or hot
tub without risking your health or damage to spa equipment. In it we will
use the term "spa" to refer to both spas and hot tubs. The SpaGuard®
Chemical Maintenance Program fulfills the special needs of all spas and
Has What You Need For Great Spa Care
is important - and relatively easy - as long as you know what to do. By
following the easy procedures contained in the SpaGuard Web pages and
using SpaGuard® products you can:
Keep your spa water protected from bacteria
2. Keep your spa water sparkling clear and comfortable
spa when you are ready
Even if your
spa is equipped with an ozone generator (or some form of ion device),
you will still need to pay attention to the maintenance information in
this Web site. Of course, every spa is different, so you should consult
your spa owner's manual for equipment operation and maintenance procedures.
Always read product labels for detailed information on application and
And of course,
feel free to ask your Water Wizards Specialist any questions. Because
we want you to have a perfect spa environment whenever you're ready to
explore the fine art of relaxation.
spa problems are caused by poor filtration. A filter that's operating
properly helps keep the water clean by capturing the hair, oils and cosmetics
that wash off when people use the spa. When the filter is dirty or clogged,
all this debris remains in the water. Most spas have a cartridge filter.
Check your owner's manual for detailed information on how to remove the
filter for cleaning. Typically you should clean the filter every 4 - 6
Rinse with a garden hose to remove loose debris. A hose-end nozzle is
best. A pressure washer has too much pressure. (NOTE: This will not eliminate
the accumulated oils.)
Every time you clean your filter, use SpaGuard® Filter Brite in the
new 100 gram bag. This will dissolve and loosen the built-up oil and dirt.
Thoroughly rinse the cartridge again. (Ideally the cartridge should be
allowed to dry before being returned to service.)
Return the cleaned cartridge to the filter housing.
Replace the filter
element as often as the manufacturer or your SpaGuard Specialist recommends.
Use SpaGuard® Polysheen weekly. Some particles of debris are microscopic
and too small for the filter to catch. Polysheen will help join these
tiny particles together and allow the filter to remove them, keeping the
day, bacteria and other contaminants can find their way into your spa
water. Proper circulation will
help prevent these contaminants from becoming problems. As the water circulates
through the filter and the suspended particles are trapped.
Thoroughly distributes the SpaGuard® products that kill bacteria,
eliminate undesirable compounds and help prevent problems.
- Run your
spa's circulation system every day. Check your spa owner's manual to
determine how long your spa's circulation system should run or ask your
SpaGuard Specialist for advice.
- If your
spa has a separate circulation pump that runs continuously, simply make
sure that your system is always in good working order.
Maintaining proper pH is extremely important to ensure efficient sanitiser
control of bacteria, user comfort and preventing equipment deterioration.
pH is the measure of acidity and alkalinity in the water. The proper level
is 7.4 to 7.6. This is a comfortable level for your skin.
2 great programs for controlling water balance:
The Perfect Balance Program - especially for acrylic, vinyl
and fibreglass spas, or
Adjustment Program - for all types of spas.
Consult your SpaGuard® Specialist for the system best suited to
Balance using SpaGuard® Perfect Balance
Perfect Balance is best for acrylic, vinyl and fibreglass spas. When
used as directed, it is an easy, 1-step liquid dosage for maintaining
a stable pH while softening the water to increase its comfortability.
SpaGuard® Perfect Balance, when used in a freshly-filled spa, at
the rate of 500ml per 1000 litres, not only establishes the proper pH,
but helps stop the pH from drifting to make water management easier
for you. When SpaGuard® Perfect Balance is added at a pH of 7.4
- 7.6, pH is then "locked in" at that level. Minor maintenance
additions of SpaGuard® Perfect Balance may be required to maintain
pH in spas using SpaGuard® Brominating Tablets.
vinyl or fibreglass spas utilising the Perfect Balance method only,
disregard any recommendations for regular maintenance of Total Alkalinity
or Calcium Hardness adjustments. SpaGuard® Perfect Balance will
provide the necessary balance of spa water required to protect your
spa surface and equipment. SpaGuard® Perfect Balance will precipitate
all the calcium from the water. The removal of dissolved calcium softens
the water for a cleaner, more comfortable feel and eliminates the possibility
of scale formations. This may temporarily cloud the water (6 - 24 hours)
if a high amount of calcium is present. This is a desired effect. Operate
the filter continuously until the water clears and monitor the filter
pressure. Clean the filter cartridge as required to remove the calcium.
Perfect Balance to hold the pH in its optimum range. pH is the most
important aspect of spa water quality. However, maintaining the proper
pH can be a challenge. The heated, aerated water combined with heavy
bather loads can cause the pH to change quickly, unless a means for
buffering these changes is present. Perfect Balance is formulated to
"watch over" the pH and protect the water from pH changes.
Mineral Adjustment Program
involves adjusting total alkalinity, pH and calcium hardness. Total
alkalinity (TA) should always be in the 125 to 150 ppm range. Low TA
can cause the pH to bounce from one level to another, potentially causing
scaling or corrosion of surfaces. Add SpaGuard® Balance Pak 100
to raise low TA. Excessive TA levels can cause scale, cloudy water and
other pH problems.
pH. If pH is high (above 7.6) chlorinating sanitisers are less effective,
surfaces and equipment can scale, water may cloud and shorter filter
runs may occur. Correct this by adding SpaGuard® Lo 'n' Slo. Low
pH (below 7.2) causes sanitisers to dissipate more rapidly, increases
corrosion of surfaces and equipment and may make water irritating to
spa users. Adjust low pH by adding Balance Pak 200. Never add more than
30 grams of BP200 per 1000litres of water. Add while pump is operating.
Maintain pH level between 7.2 - 7.6. Ideal level is 7.4 - 7.6.
adjust calcium hardness. Low levels of calcium (water's too soft) can
lead to corrosion of equipment and staining of surfaces. Add SpaGuard®
Balance Pak 300 to raise low calcium hardness. High levels of calcium
can cause scaling of equipment (reducing efficiency) and ugly, rough
patches on the interior of the spa. Calcium hardness should be maintained
between 100 - 200 ppm.
offers a full line of sanitisers, oxidisers, balancers and accessories
all formulated for maximum performance and value. As a family of quality
products, the products work superbly on their own or in spas which use
pre-installed devices such as ozonators.
products provide numerous benefits. When used according to label instructions,
SpaGuard® products will:
Make the water feel clean and comfortable.
Kill bacteria which can multiply rapidly in a spa.
Protect spa surfaces from stains caused by metals that are often dissolved
Protect spa equipment from scale caused by calcium deposits. Scale can
accumulate on spa surfaces and inside filters and heaters, greatly reducing
convenience, we've colour-coded our different product categories.
Sanitisers to kill bacteria and keep the
water protected and soothing.
Oxidisers to remove undesirable compounds
and keep the water inviting and sparkling clear.
Balancers to make the water feel wonderful,
and protect the spa surfaces and equipment.
Accessories to keep the spa surfaces clean
and the water beautiful.
left unchecked, contaminants such as dirt, oil, and even bacteria can accumulate
at the water line, much like a bathtub ring. Regular cleaning of spa surfaces
preserves the surfaces so the whole spa environment looks and feels better.
Use a skimmer net to remove floating debris.
Brush and vacuum the spa.
If you have a skimmer basket, empty it once or twice a week.
Clean the oily ring
that forms at the waterline using BioGuard® Off The Wall. This fast-acting
product breaks up the oils and debris at the water line so you can easily
wipe the surface clean. Unlike most common household cleaners, BioGuard®
Off The Wall is totally compatible with your spa's water chemistry.
Prevent water line build-up with Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect. This
natural, safe product has enzymes that digest most oils and eliminate
them from the water. By removing these oils:
spa will be less likely to form foam.
surface will be clean.
water line will stay clean longer.
life of the filter will be extended.
Clean the plumbing system with Swirl Away. This product removes deposits
of oils, greases and grime from pipelines and jets in your spa or spa
bath. Swirl Away's unique formulation softens and clears deposits to
allow your system to operate at peak efficiency.
Test the Waters
the only way to make sure the water is safe and comfortable. Tap water
that's safe to drink may not be right for your spa. Your SpaGuard®
Water Wizards Specialist offers water testing to detect any mineral or
metal imbalances that could shorten the life of your spa and equipment.
This service is especially important each time the spa is filled.
important that you have an accurate test kit for pH and sanitiser levels.
Make these tests daily until user load is established and then 2 - 4 times
weekly to be sure proper levels are maintained.
2 primary components that affect spa water quality:
When both are within their recommended ranges:
water is comfortable, protected and clear.
sanitisers and "shock products" work efficiently.
spa surfaces and equipment are protected.
Maintain bromine or free chlorine residual within their recommended
Residual = 4 - 6 ppm
Chlorine Residual = 2 - 3 ppm
(If your spa is equipped with an ozone generator, you may choose to
maintain the chlorine or bromine at the lower end of their ranges.)
Test sanitiser and pH level several times a week with the 4-way Test
Strips. These strips provide quick, easy and accurate readings. The
test process is simple. Follow the label instructions. Just dip and
Take a water sample to your SpaGuard® Specialist regularly (every
4 - 6 weeks) for a FREE complete water analysis. In addition to testing
the pH and sanitiser, this analysis will measure the water's total alkalinity,
calcium hardness, iron, copper, manganese and total dissolved solids.
Based on this analysis, your SpaGuard® Water Wizards Specialist
can recommend the SpaGuard® products you need to keep the spa looking
and feeling great!
draining and refilling is a normal part of spa maintenance. Over time, the
water absorbs and dissolves minerals, chemicals and other soluble material.
Your Water Wizards SpaGuard Specialist can perform a Total Dissolved Solids
(TDS) test to help determine if it's time to replace your water. High TDS
can make the water look dull, become foamy and develop an odour.
you drain and refill your spa depends on how often you use it. This simple
formula can help.
Litres ÷ Daily Bathers ÷ 12 = Days Between Draining
Example: 1200 litres ÷ 2 daily bathers ÷ 12 = 50 days
Clean the pipes with Swirl Away.
Drain the water. Check your owner's manual for information.
Clean the spa surfaces
with BioGuard® Off The Wall.
Refill the spa with fresh water.
Take a sample of the water used to refill the spa to your Water Wizards
SpaGuard Specialist for a complete analysis.
Add the recommended SpaGuard® products in the order and amount determined
by the water analysis.