Few things are more disgusting than encountering scum in your hot tub. This slippery, slimy growth manifests itself in either a green, gray, or brown greasy film that covers the surface of your spa.
Here are 3 measures you can take to prevent hot tub scum from occurring in the first place, and get rid of it if it does take up residency in your spa.
1. Shower Before Entry
Perhaps the biggest culprit when it comes to causing scum in your hot tub may in fact be you. If hot tub scum becomes a recurrent problem in your spa, make sure every bather showers or rinses off before entering the hot tub to decrease the amount of lotions, creams, hair products, deodorants, and anything else that might be hitching a ride on soakers and mucking up your hot tub.
2. Maintain Clean Water
Properly maintained hot tub water is key in preventing hot tub scum build up. Replace hot tub water every 60 to 90 days, scrub down the walls of your hot tub regularly, keep track of the levels of your spa chemicals to be sure they’re correct, and maintain proper levels of sanitizer in the water.
3. Shock Regularly
Make sure you are shocking your hot tub water regularly to help maintain a proper chemical balance. Shocking the water can both prevent hot tub scum from showing up in the first place, and rid it from your water when it is present. A regular shock treatment and increase in sanitizer levels can help fight your scum problems.
Keep Your Hot Tub Clean
With the help of these preventative measures, it’s unlikely you’ll find hot tub scum in your spa anytime soon. Thanks to science and spa chemicals, any unwanted hot tub scum can quickly be eradicated from your spa, allowing you to return to your regularly scheduled soaking.