How to Clean a Jetted Tub

How to Clean a Jetted Tub

Cleaning up a jetted tub is not difficult, provided you use the right cleansing agent and proper techniques. This Buzzle article provides some useful tips and techniques for cleaning jetted tubs.
At the end of a tiring day, nothing can be more relaxing than soaking your stressed out body in a jetted tub filled with warm water. The massaging effect that it creates, releases the tension from the muscles and provides relief from the aches and pains. Regular cleaning of the tub is essential. The damp surface can be an ideal breeding ground for mold, mildew, microbes, etc. These tubs are mostly made of fiberglass or acrylic. Therefore, you cannot use any harsh cleaning products on them.

Using Special Cleaners
Whether you use the jets or not, a weekly cleaning ritual is essential to get rid of the mold, grease, bacteria, and algae that tend to accumulate in the 15-20 feet of plumbing lines under the tub. The resultant microbial build-up leads to the slime in the plumbing lines, also known as biofilm. While bleach, vinegar, and dishwasher detergents are good for cleaning the outer parts, they do not clean the plumbing lines. This leads to the growth of bacteria and other deposits that clog the pipes and cause health hazards. Specific biofilm cleaners are necessary to address the issue and remove the bacterial growth.

Fill the tub with warm water while ensuring that the water is high enough to cover all the jets.
Run the jets for some time.
Add the biofilm cleaner and allow it to stay on for an hour (for initial cleaning). The longer the cleaner stays, the better it works to cut out the slimy gunk.
Drain the bathtub, and clean the scum ring and surface with a cleanser.
Fill the tub again and turn on the jets for a few seconds. Drain the bathtub.

Using Soap

Fill up the tub with some hot water having a temperature of 140°F. The level of the water should be enough to cover all jets of the tub.
Now, add 4 tablespoons of low-foaming surfactant such as dishwasher detergent to the water for cleaning the tub. A regular foaming detergent is not suitable because the whirling action of the tub can create soapy bubbles all over the bathroom and you can have a tough time getting rid of them.
After adding the dishwasher detergent, you can switch on the jets and let it run for 10-15 minutes.
Stop the jets and drain out the soapy solution out of the tub.
Then, fill up the tub with water. This time, use cold water. Run the jets for 15 minutes more and let it drain out. This is done to wash off the soapy residue from the tub.
Let the tub air-dry before you use it.

Using Bleach
If you have not cleaned the bathtub for a long time, then you will find tough stains on its surface. There are chances of mold and mildew build-up. The jets often get clogged with various debris. In such cases, you have to use a strong cleaning agent such as a bleach.

To begin with, you have to fill up the tub with water. In this method, you need more water as you have to dilute the bleach. The water level should not reach the brim of the tub as the whirling action can splash the bleaching solution all around and stain other surfaces of the bathroom.
Pour one cup of household bleach into the warm water and run the jets for at least 10 minutes.
After that, stop the jets and drain out the bleach solution out of the bathtub.
To rinse off the standing bleach that remains on the tub surface, use a hose.
For a final rinse, refill the bathtub once again with warm water and put on the jets for some time. Let the water drain out of the tub.

Using Vinegar
There are many people who do not prefer bleach for cleaning jet tubs as they fear that the strong chemical residues can cause harm to their skin later on. If you feel the same, then vinegar is a safe option. The acidic property of vinegar works really well for the removal of dirt, mold, and grime that gets stuck on the bathtub. Vinegar is also useful for controlling the odors of the jetted tub.

First, you have to fill up the tub with warm water that covers the jets by three inches.
Add 5 cups of white, distilled vinegar, but not more than that. Otherwise, it will leave behind a strong vinegar smell.
Next, run the jets for 15-20 minutes. Let the vinegar solution stand on the tub for 15 minutes more so that it can dissolve out the dirt and debris properly.
After that, the water should be drained out. You may find that there are some areas in the tub where the stubborn dirt and grime still remain. To scrub them off, take some vinegar in a spray bottle and sprinkle it on the dirty spots.
Then rub the area with a damp sponge or soft piece of cloth to remove the stains. Do not use any abrasive scrub pad for this job as it can leave behind ugly scratches.

After every use, you should flush out the residues of soap scum, body oils, and dead skin cells from the tub. Fill the tub with warm water and run its jets for around 10-15 minutes and drain out the tub. This practice helps a lot in the maintenance of the bathtub, and also helps you avoid the big hassle of a thorough cleanup.
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