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Hot Tub & Swim Spa Filter Cleaning Guide

Introduction to Spa Filters

We all know how much we enjoy relaxing in our spas whether it be a quiet night with the family, or a late evening with friends. But we need to make sure that maintaining our spas and keeping them clean is a higher priority; it’s paramount that you perform regular maintenance to allow you to enjoy your spa for many years in future!

Your filter is arguably the most important part of your entire cleaning system as every drop of water will get pumped through it. This will remove any dirt, debris and bacteria that builds up in your spa. In our Self Clean Hot Tub Range, 100% of the water is filtered every 15 minutes!

By keeping your filter clean it will extend the life and health of your spa. This also allows you to save money in the long run on possible repairs/issues.

How Does The Filter Operate?

Like mentioned before, the pumps in your spa will push the water round, including up into the filter housing and back out again. This effectively removes any dirt, debris and bacteria that is bound to get in your spa. This is why it is so important to keep your filter cleaned on a weekly basis. As if the filter itself is dirty, then your spa will be dirty too!

How Long Can I Use My Filter For Before Replacing?

Our Hydropool filters can be used for 12-18 months, depending on your care and maintenance of the filters. To achieve the 18 month usage we highly recommend buying a second filter after purchasing your spa. You will be rotating the filter once a week, and cleaning the filter taken out each time. This means that your filters aren’t in water all the time and allows them to have a longer lifespan. Also it allows you to clean your filter when you see fit by having a clean one ready to go each time. By only using one filter, you will have closer to a 12 month lifespan due to the continuous usage of it. Having 2 filters from the start means you’ll be all set for the next 3 years/36 months of filter changes!

Filter Canister

How Do I Clean My Filter Correctly?

Follow the steps listed below in order to correctly clean your filter and ensure they have a long lifespan!

  1. Firstly, ensure your spa is either in standby mode, or switched off at the isolator. We can’t have any of the jets running when taking the filter out or the water will spray into the air!
  2. You need to remove the filter from it’s housing area after the spa is in standby or switched off.
  3. Using a garden hose, spray down the filter which will help get rid of debris and dislodge any larger parts. (no jet wash as it’s too strong!)
  4. Fill up a bucket of water with the filter in so that 100% of it is submerged underwater.
  5. You can then add your filter cleaner to the bucket to allow it to soak into the fibres. Refer to the bottle of cleaner to find dosage instructions.
  6. If you have access to a filter canister cleaner tube this will make the process much easier, as the filter will not float in the bucket as it’s locked in either side.
  7. Do not allow any pets/children to touch the filter or water when it is soaking.
  8. After it has soaked per the recommended guidelines on the canister cleaner, take out the filter and rinse fully with your garden hose for a second time.
  9. Lastly, allow the filter to completely dry so it is no longer wet. It is then able to be placed back into the filtration housing in your spa.

We recommend that you complete this process once a week, we like to do it on a Sunday ready for the next week to come!