A whirlpool bathtub is great for relaxation and it is quite different from other types of bathtubs in that it has numerous jets that spray water, which produce bubbles. These bubbles are pressurised, making them suitable for massaging sore muscles and improving circulation. A whirlpool can also accommodate more than one person at a time, so its size and depth are bigger and deeper than, say, a freestanding bath. Conventional baths do not have fittings such as jets, so cleaning them and maintaining their condition is a lot easier compared to maintaining a whirlpool bath. If you have one in your home, you may want to keep these maintenance tips in mind and practice them to add life to your whirlpool bath.
Avoid Using Oil-Based Bath Products
Soap, bath bombs, bubble bath, mineral salts and the like that contain oil may prove to be damaging to whirlpool baths. The oil from these products can accumulate over time in the jets and other fittings. This will result in the clogging of the fittings and water flow will be obstructed by the accumulation. Aside from this, it can also cause infections and illnesses to bathers. Before purchasing bath products, see to it that they are not oil-based. Choose water-based products instead.
Take Care of the Circulation System
If possible, flushing the circulation of the bath should be done after every use, otherwise, it can be done once or twice a month. This will get rid of any residues. This task can be done easily by anyone who uses the bath. Fill the tub with hot water, at least a couple of inches above the highest jet. Two to four tablespoons of low-foam dishwashing liquid should be added before opening the air induction to the maximum level. Run the bath for up to twenty minutes and drain. Fill the bath again with hot water and add a cup of bleach. Run the jets again up to twenty minutes and then drain. Then lastly, fill it with cold water and rinse.
Get Rid of Small Objects
If you are letting your kids use your whirlpool bath with toys, make sure that the toys do not have very small parts that may come off in the course of the bath. These very small parts may get in the jets and clog them. It will also be hard to pry them out. It may require a professional plumber to do the job, which will cost you. Make sure that the toys do not have very small parts that may get detached from them. The same goes with clothing. Even threads can get in the jets and cause clogging.
Newer models of whirlpool baths have built-in hygienic systems that don’t require manually cleaning the circulation system. Newer models have ports where cleaning solutions can be placed to let the system work its magic in cleaning the bath itself.