How to Clean Bathtub Jets

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It's important to learn how to clean bathtub jets properly in order to extend the life of your tub and keep your family safe.

About Jetted Tubs

Jetted bathtubs are the gold standard when it comes to creating a luxurious bathroom. The popular whirlpool bathtubs offer an oasis from the chaos of everyday life. Imagine being able to immerse yourself in warm water that massages your aching muscles courtesy of mechanical jets. These spa-like tubs are a welcome addition to any home. However, they differ from traditional hot tubs in that they are installed indoors and need to be filled before each use. What's more, the water in a hot tub maintains its heat longer and requires the use of chemicals to keep it clean. This is not the case with jetted bathtubs. Since these high-end tubs aren't treated with chemicals to kill bacteria, they must be cleaned on a regular basis. Otherwise, they become havens for microbes, mold, and other bacteria that can make you sick.

How to Clean Bathtub Jets

Learning how to clean bathtub jets will go a long way in protecting your family from harmful bacteria. If not maintained properly, you will find black flakes or brown scum in your jetted tub. This is the result of bacteria growing in your tubs warm, damp jets. In order to keep your tub sparkling clean and your family safe, consider the following cleaning tips for bathtub jets:

Regular Cleaning

This cleaning routine should be executed at least once a month to help your bathtub jets sanitary:

  1. Fill the tub with hot water approximately three inches above the highest jets.
  2. Turn off the air induction valve.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of household bleach to the water.
  5. Run the jets at the highest pressure for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Drain the tub and refill it with cold water.
  7. Run the jets for another 10 minutes to rinse.
  8. Drain the tub.
  9. Wipe the tub clean with a clean towel.

Deep Cleaning

If your bathtub jets are especially dirty or filled with soap scum, then use the following method to deep clean them:

  1. Fill up the bathtub with hot water.
  2. Add one cup of bleach.
  3. Turn on the bathtub jets to maximum power and allow them to run for 30 minutes or longer. Doing so will allow the bleach to circulate through the jets while disinfecting them.
  4. After 30 minutes, stop the jets and drain the water.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of disinfectant scrub, such as Ajax powder cleanser on an old toothbrush and gently scrub inside the jets. Then, gently scrub the crevices surrounding the jets.
  6. Rinse the bathtub with clean, hot water.
  7. Turn on the jets and allow them to run for 20 minutes.
  8. Drain the bathtub and wipe dry with a clean towel.
  9. Spray a disinfectant spray in and around the jets and allow it to dry. This will kill any remaining mold and mildew spores.

Important Cleaning Tips

Prior to sanitizing your bathtub jets it is vital that you consult the cleaning instructions that came with your particular whirlpool tub. The majority of jetted bathtubs sold in the United States are made from either fiberglass or acrylic. Consequently, it is not recommended that you use harsh cleaning materials that could scratch the surface of the jets or tub.

In addition, it is especially important not to combine a litany of cleaning chemicals when disinfecting your bathtub jets. When cleaning with bleach, make sure to ventilate your work area. What's more, never combine bleach with ammonia-based products. If you plan to use the two chemicals during a single cleaning, make sure you rinse the tub between applications.

Finally, if you don't feel comfortable using commercial cleaners in your tub, then opt for natural options, such as Shaklee Basic H cleaner. Simply add two teaspoons of the cleaner into the tub filled with hot water and turn on the jets for 20 minutes. Drain the tub, rinse the jets and dry it with a clean towel.

How to Clean Bathtub Jets