Many people would love to have a whirlpool bathtub in their home; however, most people don't understand how they work or how to maintain them. In this article, we'll provide the basic, yet important information consumers need to drop their fear of whirl pools. We'll also add valuable tips on how to use and maintain a whirlpool bathtub - it's easier than most people think.
Are There Differences Among Spa Bathtubs?
Not all whirlpool tubs are the same. There are two primary types of spa tubs to choose from; a whirlpool or an airspa. A whirlpool tub is characterized by the jets installed about half-way up on each side of the bathtub and a point of suction, which is found in a bottom corner. A whirlpool system creates a hydro-massage by sucking the water from the bathtub and pumping it through the jets from controlled pressure. An airspa produces a less powerful jet of water, because there is a different mix of air and water as well as less pressure. A whirlpool's jets are stronger than the jets of an airspa, which are basically air bubbles that forced through the water in the tub.
How to Use a Spa Tub
To enjoy a spa bath, simply fill the bathtub with water at the desired temperature. Turn the timer clockwise to turn on. Get in the tub and direct the jets towards the muscles. To direct the jets, place your finger inside of the jet opening and gently move the spray to the left, right, upwards or downwards. Adjust the pressure of water by turning the jets clockwise to reduce pressure and counter clockwise to increase the pressure.
Cleaning and Maintaining a Whirlpool or Airspa Tub
Cleaning a whirlpool tub requires more than simply cleaning the bathtub itself. To prevent the buildup of bacteria, it is important to clean the jets, pipes and nozzles as well. Fortunately, cleaning the entire bathtub as well as the jet plumbing is an easy process. Before cleaning your whirlpool tub, you should take a few minutes to read the manufacturer's manual to see what type of cleaning is recommended. Some manufacturers recommend specific cleaners or suggest jets to be open during cleaning. Once you have read the manual, follow these tips for a quick and easy cleaning process.
Close air controls on all of the individual jet and fill the tub with water, making sure the jets are submerged in about three inches of water. Add about two tablespoons of powdered dish washing detergent and half a cup of bleach to the water. If you prefer to not use bleach, one cup of vinegar can be substituted. Run the jets for about 20 minutes. Drain and refill the tub with warm water, covering the jets with about three inches of water, run the jets for another 10 minutes to thoroughly rinse. Drain the water. Use a soft cotton cloth to wipe down the tub and all of the nozzles. Use a cotton swab to get into the small crevices of the nozzles. If you use the spa on a regular basis, it should be thoroughly cleaned once each month to prevent bacteria from building up in the jets.
Enjoying a spa bath is relaxing; however, in order to keep your tub clean and bacteria free, it is important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations regarding the use of bubble bath or bath salt products. In most situations, you cannot use oils or salts in a whirlpool tub, because these products can clog the motor due to the circulation of water. However, the water of an airspa tub does not come in contact with the pump or the motor, so in most situations, bath oils or salts are safe to use.
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