When Should I Replace My Spa Cover?

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Your spa cover is more than an attractive accessory.

It has the very important job of; holding in heat when your spa is not in use, helping to reduce energy consumption and keep energy costs low, prevent excess evaporation, helping you conserve water, prevents debris and objects that could clog your hot tub filters from falling into the spa.

Maintaining the cover in good condition is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your spa operating at its very best.

Signs Your Hot Tub Cover Is Ready For Replacement

Spa covers are designed to last for a long time. But like any object exposed to sunlight and weather over time, your hot tub cover will eventually show signs of wear.
So, inspect your spa cover monthly for warning signs.

Replace Your Hot Tub Cover if:

You see breaks, cracks, tears, fading or sagging. Deteriorating condition and changes in shape could cause the cover to let heat and water vapour out, and dust and debris in. Look for dry or brittle texture in addition to holes and other visible signs of breakage.

Your hot tub cover is waterlogged. When the vapour barrier fails the cover’s inner foam will absorb water, creating a perfect environment for bacteria and mildew to grow. Not only is a waterlogged cover a health hazard and overly heavy, it could lead to accelerated deterioration of the other parts of your spa.

Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Hot Tub Cover

1. Regular hot tub cover cleaning

To keep your spa cover looking great and doing its job, periodically clean it.

To clean the cover, remove it from the spa and lightly spray the outside surface with a garden hose. Then use a very mild soap solution; 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid to 7 Litres of water, or bicarbonate of soda and a large sponge to gently scrub the cover using a circular motion.

Work in sections and rinse each area before the soap dries on the vinyl. On the inside surface, use water only and wipe it clean with a dry towel.

2. Let the spa breathe

When you treat or clean the spa itself or the water in it, leave the cover off for about half an hour immediately afterwards. Water purification agents need air to mix properly. Covering the spa immediately after adding chemicals can trap vapours inside that work against the longevity of the vinyl.

3. Your hot tub cover is not a table

Don’t put objects or people on the cover. Anything with weight could cause the cover to stretch and sag, speeding premature deterioration.

Remember to remove snow in the winter. If ice accumulates on your cover, loosen it with warm water before removing. Prying or chipping it off could tear the vinyl.

4. Be kind to your cover!

Lastly, be kind to your cover. Spa covers are heavy and large and can be difficult to remove and replace alone. Don’t drag it, even on grass.

Get a friend to help, or install one of our hot tub cover lifters.

World leading covers from Hot Spring

HotSpring Spas leads the industry in producing highly energy-efficient hot tubs and hot tub covers. Our rigid, vinyl hot tub covers tightly lock in heat with 24 kg/m³ and 32 kg/m³ foam cores that increase the R-factor of the cover for additional energy efficiency.

Our spa cover will save you money on your energy bill by holding in the heat. With a tight seal you will save money on your water bill as well since less water is lost to evaporation.

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