After a long stressful day when you can home and decide to make use of a neglected Jacuzzi tub to relieve stress. You fill the tub with steaming water and light the scented candles and then slip into the bath. After firing up these jets to gently massage, you feel relaxed. But these jets are a safe haven for mold and bacteria. Don’t worry there are easy ways to quickly clean them along with maintaining them. Let’s take a look at some of the very best ways for how to clean a jetted tub using some casual household cleaners. You don’t need to buy expensive commercial cleaners for cleaning a jetted tub.
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- 1 1.How to Clean a Jetted Tub with Household Items
1.How to Clean a Jetted Tub with Household Items
You need following materials and tools to clean a jetted tub.
- Baking Soda
- Bleach (optional)
- Dishwashing liquid or powder (optional)
- Tooth Brush
- Measuring Cup
- Soft Cloth
- Dental floss (optional)
Flush the accumulated gunk and bacteria out of the tub. To start, remove any hair or other debris from the rim or basin. Now fill the tub until water stands few inches above the jets. Use hot water to fill the tub if you haven’t cleaned the tub for a while. After filling the tub, you have various options for cleaning agents.
The first option is adding two cups of vinegar to the water. The acidic nature of vinegar dissolves buildup efficiently. The best part is unlike commercial cleaners, vinegar does so without damaging the tub components.
The second option is adding 1/2 cup of bleach with a couple of teaspoons of liquid or powdered dishwashing detergent. Remember whether you are using vinegar or dishwashing detergent, always read the manufacturer’s instruction.
Activate the jets but before turning them on, turn off the air-induction valves. When you close the indication valves, it forces the water to circulate through the internal plumbing of tub. It encourages the flow which results in deeper cleaning. Run the jets on high for at least 10-15 minutes with closed valves.
Now drain the water from the tub. Again fill it up with warm water few inches above the jets. Now run the tub again for another 10 to 15 minutes to flush out more gunk from the tub. Now drain the water.
It’s time for good old-fashioned scrubbing. Take a soft cloth and baking soda to breakup mildew, mold, and soap scum. Now sprinkle some baking soda inside the tub and give it few minutes to sit properly. Use the soft, clean, dampened cloth to remove the grime. You can use the baking soda on the drain and faucet too. Don’t scrub too vigorously. Majority whirlpool tubs are acrylic, a material which can be gouged or scratched though not easily but sometimes when not handled carefully.
The last thing to do is to address the bacteria and muck which can be lodged in and around the water jets. Use the toothbrush for cleaning and gently scrub the jets nozzles along with contoured trim around the nozzles. Don’t forget to clean the air-intake cover by unscrewing. Give it a soapy brush, rinse it off and screw it back to its position. Now give it a final touch by thorough rinsing.
How to Clean a Jetted Tub with Household Supplies
Fill the tub using hot water at 10 cm above the highest jet. Now turn off the air induction valve to ensure that only water is flowing through the pipes instead of mixing it with air. Opening up the air induction port can be more effective because it improves the turbulence. Don’t forget to follow the guidelines provided with tub.
Adding Cleanser to the water
Add ¼ cup (50) of a low-foaming surfactant like powdered dishwasher detergent to the hot water. Cascade Complete is a decent choice as it is based on enzymatic action. It is not acidic in nature which can strip the sealant on the brass and will tarnish.
Add 100ml (1/2 cup) of household bleach. We all know bleach has fabulous disinfecting qualities.
Now run the jets for 1015 minutes at highest pressure. You may see nasty stuff getting out, so be of a strong stomach.
Drain the tub and clean out the remaining. Now refill the tub with cold water and above the jets again.
Run the jet for at-least 10 minutes again to rinse everything out.
Again drain the tub and clean it thoroughly.
Your jetted tub is ready to serve you.
How to Clean Air Jets with Household Supplies
Fill the tub with hot water at 15 cm (6 inches) above air injector holes.
Now add (10 ml) 2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent. Cascade Complete is a handy option.
Now add ½ cup (100 ml) of household bleach. Carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding with bleach. But it can work for you in an emergency.
Turn on the air blower for 2 minutes to mix things together.
Now shut down the air blower and allow the bath to soak in a mixture for about 2 hours.
Turn on the air bath again and run it for 5 more minutes.
Turn off the air bath and drain the tub. Clean the tub thoroughly to remove any residue remaining. It’s time to take a bath in a clean jetted tub.
How to Clean a Jetted Tub with Bio-film Remover
A jetted tub may develop accumulations of hard combinations of deposits in the tubing known as biofilms. Such biofilms are can’t be penetrated using common household cleaners and may have seriously harmful bacteria. You need to use special cleaners made for this purpose.
Carefully read the instructions available with the container and follow them to avoid potential to the jetted tub.
Fill your bathtub with warm water to cover the jets and turn them on.
Now add a recommended level of biofilm remover to the water. Run the jets for the specified interval.
Run the tub for one hour for initial cleaning.
Use a lighter level amount of biofilm remover for maintenance cleaning and run for at least 10-15 minutes.
Drain the tub and clean the remaining residue. Now Again refill the tub to the jets. Run it for 5-10 minutes and then drain. A jetted tub is ready to go.
Repeat the cleaning procedure one or two times per month.
You can also use a specialty tub cleaner in place of bleach and detergent. Tub manufacturers, dealers, and various plumbing suppliers sell such type of cleaners. But they are expensive with nice looking bottles. However, they guarantee the results.
If the jetted tub is too gross to deal with, you can call professional cleaning companies for cleaning. But they demand healthy amount for the cleaning purpose.
If you regularly maintain your tub, you will never call such cleaners.
You can also use 1 cup (.23 L) white vinegar if bleach is not advised by the manufacturer.
Always read the manufacturer’s instruction and cleaner labels before start cleaning.
Don’t use bubble bath or foaming cleaners in your tub.
Ventilate the room when use cleaners as bleach fumes are harmful in low ventilated rooms.
Don’t turn on the jet unless they are covered with few inches of water. Exposed jets can damage the motors.
Keep the children away from the tub during the procedure.
Lotions and bath oils mostly leave residue in the pipes. Don’t use them in a hot tub.