Cleaning hot tubs and spas can be a challenge, says Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il 60201. Most hot tubs and spas these days are made of cast acrylic plastic or fiberglass. They're slick and shiny and easy to care for if you're careful not to abuse them. Don't use any harsh acids or alkaline cleaners on them, or strong solvents such as acetone or lacquer thinner. Abrasives too are a no-no because they can scratch and dull the finish, making future cleaning much harder. Scouring powder, colored nylon scrub pads, and steel wool should definitely not be used in spa maintenance.
Prevention can do a lot. Cut down the amount of contaminants in the water by requiring spa users to shower first. You'll still have body oils and perspiration to deal with, but getting rid of the suntan oil, cosmetics, and hand lotion before anyone slips into the tub will eliminate a lot of cleaning. Keeping the spa water properly conditioned is key. Your dealer can help you with detailed instructions and supplies to keep the pH, chlorine, and mineral levels where they need to be. If you do this faithfully you shouldn't have problems with scale buildup, algae and bacteria growth, clogged pipes, and filters.
Preventive maintenance beyond this is just a few simple weekly procedures such as cleaning the skimmer baskets and pump strainer and doing a little touchup cleaning. Once a month or so, drain the spa and clean it thoroughly with a mild detergent and a white nylon backed scrub sponge. Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201, recommends rinsing and drying the surface and protect it with a Spa Fast Gloss or a similar sealer/polish.