How Do I Keep my AlumiTubs Wood-Fired Hot Tub Clean?

Cleaning your AlumiTubs Wood-Fired Hot Tub

Keeping your AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub clean is minimal and easy. With these tips, learn how to practice good water hygiene, drain and clean your tub in between uses, and sanitize your water safely with chemicals. A clean, well-maintained tub means a better soak and will keep your AlumiTubs wood burning hot tub protected for decades to come. 

Good Hygiene 

This goes without saying but we're not exactly the cleanest things on this earth. We're covered in bacteria whether we like it or not, and since bacteria flourishes in warm and hospitable places, a hot tub is the perfect environment for them to grow. 

It doesn't matter if you opt for tubbing sans chemicals, add natural sanitizers like bromine, or find hydrogen peroxide to be ideal, a preventive approach is always the best option to keeping your tub clean and your hot tubbing enjoyment maximized. When you keep clean, your water will stay fresh for longer and you'll spend less time draining and cleaning it out. 

Here are our tips for keeping clean before using your AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub: 

  • Shower beforehand: Just like in Japanese onsen-style bathing, give yourself a good scrub before getting in the water. Buff your skin using an exfoliant so you slough off dead skin cells and other microorganisms, and make sure to rinse off any residue from products you may have used. 
  • Rinse your feet: A pair of bathing sandals is helpful for walking to and from your hot tub. They help to protect your feet (and tub!) from dirt, mud, grass and other debris. Keep a bucket next to your tub to rinse off your feet just before dipping them in the water. 
  • Avoid harsh laundry detergent: If you can, wash and dry your bathing suits without the use of harsh detergent or chemicals. Any residue left on your suit will also transfer to your tub. 
  • Try not to spill: This is a no brainer but whether you're drinking a refreshment or even snacking while tubbing, make sure you avoid spilling food or drink in your AlumiTubs. 
  • Don't put on lotions or oils: Products like oils, soap, suntan lotion will pollute the clarity of your water making it cloudy and ripe for bacteria to grow. 

How to Clean Your Hot Tub Without Chemicals

Keeping your tub chemical-free is entirely possible, you'll just need to clean it more frequently. While it's not for everyone, we love the simplicity of an onsen-style bath and the reward that comes after draining, scrubbing and refilling your tub. 

Here's how to keep your water fresh and your tub clean without chemicals.

1. You can get about 4-5 uses out of your water before you need to clean it. Obviously this can change depending on the person or the circumstance but once your water becomes murky, it's best to change it.
2. To clean your tub, drain the water then use a chemical-free cleaning agent (we like vinegar and water), but you can also use a natural spray that is biodegradable and doesn't rely on harsh chemicals to thoroughly scrub the aluminium sides and bottom, the cedar bench and slats protecting the stove box. Make sure your cleaning cloth is soft and not abrasive, or it will scratch the surface and damage the aluminum. Spray it down with a hose, and for good measures, go over any spots you may have missed or that need a little extra elbow grease.
3. We also recommend cleaning peripherally around your tub. Rinse off the step you use to get into your tub, the styrofoam insulation, the chair you may sit in while you tub, and anything else you may come in regular contact with during your sessions. It all helps!
4. After emptying and cleaning the tub, leave the drain tap open to allow water to drain off the pipes, then when you're ready to hot tub again, refill it as normal. Depending on your drain situation, you can also use a ShopVac to suck up any last remaining water that's left. We don't recommend leaving water in the tub if you don't plan to frequently use it. 

Sanitizing Your Hot Tub With Chemicals

Don't want to clean your tub every week? You can always add non-toxic chemicals after every use to sustain the longevity of your water. While chlorine is most frequently used for pool and hot tub maintenance, be sure not to use the pucks. Here are some cleaning agents on the market that safely sanitize your water, just be sure to follow the dilution instructions accordingly: 

  • Bromine
  • Chlorine 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Tips When Using Chemicals In Your Hot Tub

Make sure you're not using expired products (the potency will diminish and its safety may be compromised if expired). Check sanitization frequently; you can pick up test strips specific to chlorine, bromine and peroxide. Similarly, you can always check the pH balance of your water to ensure it's balanced and you won't encounter skin irritation. 

Monthly & Yearly Maintenance for your AlumiTubs Hot Tub

The more love and maintenance you put into your AlumiTubs wood burning hot tub, the better it will be. Daily maintenance, like filtering debris that gets in the water or wiping down residue, is helpful to keeping your tub water clean and pristine, while weekly and monthly maintenance ensures your tub will stay protected for years to come. 

Monthly Hot Tub Maintenance 

AlumiTubs are built to last a lifetime—with its marine-grade aluminum foundation and high-quality Western Red Cedar milled right here on the Sunshine Coast of Canadabut we always recommend doing a monthly inspection to look for any signs of wear and tear. Whichever way you choose to keep your tub clean, we still recommend regular deep cleaning (see the steps above) regardless every month or two. 

Yearly Hot Tub Maintenance 

Apart from regular maintenance, there are a few tips to keeping your AlumiTub in tip-top shape:

  1. Over time, your AlumiTub interior will lose its shine due to the naturally-occurring process of oxidization (surface whitening). This is a natural occurring effect of aluminum. Mineral oils can be used on the tub liner to help bring back its glossy sheen.
  2. Mineral oils can also be used on the cedar components of your AlumiTub to bring out the grain. 
  3. Clean your stove box regularly with an ash shoop.
  4. Your chimney cap can be inexpensively replaced if it becomes rusted.

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