As the temperature starts to drop, a warm relaxing spa is just what we’re looking forward to. What to do with your spa if you haven’t used it in a while is a common question we hear this time of year.

Follow this quick guide to get your stand alone spa ready for Autumn bathing. If your spa is attached to your swimming pool system, ensure your pool water is balanced and your heater is set to the desired temperature.

1. Remove the cover

If it’s been some time since you last took off your cover, there will usually be a good amount of dust & debris on top, brush off and wipe with warm soapy water to clean up. The cover also acts as a seal for your spa, so it’s a good idea to leave it off for a few hours to give your spa a good airing.

2. Clean the filter

Always remember to regularly check and clean/change the filter. Using a cartridge cleaning product will help degrease and remove stubborn debris & build up. This improves the water flow, as well as the water clarity. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference a quick filter clean will make!
Ask us which filter cleaner is right for you next time you’re in.

3. Treat the water

Most spa manufacturers will have a specific start-up procedure to make sure everything is working fine. We recommend always following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Whether you’re refilling your spa with fresh water or continuing with the existing water you should bring in your water sample for us to test and give it an Autumn shock.

To really get that water sparkling and remove any odours. You will probably need to sanitise your water. First, oxidise with a non-chlorine-based Spa Shock before adding your sanitiser.

If you are using Bromine, add the required amount of Bromine according to the packet instructions and leave the lid off for the oxidising process to fully finish. You should have a Bromine level of 2-4 ppm.

If you’re using one of the Poppits non-chlorine sanitisers, Poppit Sanitiser or Perox395, shock with Quick Fix and wait 4 hours before adding your liquid sanitiser. And if you’re using Aquaspa non-chlorine sanitiser, you can use Spa Shock and add the required dose of liquid sanitiser and Spa Kleer.

If you are not sure what sanitiser you have, as they are often labeled differently depending on the brand, pop in-store and we can let you know which one it is, or a similar alternative.

*always ensure the water is circulating before balancing it with products.

4. Run the jets

Running all the jets once your water is balanced will pass more water through your filter quickly and help keep your spa clean.

If you are not going to cover your spa regularly or it is getting more dirty than usual, running the jets and circulating the water regularly will help to filter out the dirt, dust, and debris that fall in. How long you need to filter each day varies depending on several factors such as filter size relative to water volume however 4 hours a day is a good place to start.

5. Set the temperature

If your spa is electric, it takes time to heat the water in your spa, so make sure you plan ahead. We don’t suggest setting your spa to any hotter than 38°C, at this temperature bathing should be no longer than 15 minutes.
You’ll know what your perfect spa temperature is, but we suggest starting at 35°C and then adjusting it slightly from there.

*Constantly turning your spa temperature up and down will use more power and can also wear out the heating element sooner. Keeping your spa cover on and maintaining a constant filtration & heating schedule minimises energy wastage, keeps the water warm enough so it doesn’t take too long when you’re ready to heat it up again.

6. Use your spa!

You’ve spent a lot of time getting your water ready and keeping it that way, so use it!
If you’d like us to give your spa an Autumn service for you, give us a call or contact us below to book your service.