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Spa Care

Maintaining your spa pool is essential for both longevity and optimal performance. The amount of disinfectant needed varies based on usage, but even a small spa requires as much disinfectant as an average-sized swimming pool. To ensure effective disinfection, your spa water must be clean and well-balanced. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve the best results. We recommend using a 4-in-1 test kit for this process.

Step 1: Determine Your Spa's Volume

If you're uncertain about your spa's volume, consult your spa supplier. Most private spas range between 1000-5000 liters in capacity.

Step 2: Monitor the pH Levels

pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline your water is. Keep the pH level above 7.0 but below 7.8 to avoid corrosion and ensure effective disinfection. To adjust the pH, follow the guidelines in Step 3 for total alkalinity.

Step 3: Regulate Total Alkalinity

Aim for a total alkalinity range of 125 - 175 ppm. To increase it by 10 mg/L, add 17g of sodium bicarbonate per 1000L of spa water. To decrease it by 10 mg/L, add 20 mL of hydrochloric acid or 24g of dry acid (sodium hydrogen sulfate) per 1000L. Always operate the filter pump when adding chemicals but avoid using the air blower or venturi.

Step 4: Disinfect the Water

Disinfection is crucial to eliminate harmful microorganisms. If using Spa Sanitiser Plus, add 50 grams per 1000 liters initially, followed by a daily dose of 12 grams per 1000 liters. For bromine, keep 4-6 tablets in the floating dispenser at all times.

Note: Spa Sanitiser Plus is preferable as liquid chlorine can degrade over time. Calcium hypochlorite is not recommended as it can cause scaling.

Step 5: Shock Dosing

Perform a shock dose at least weekly or after heavy usage. Our Spa Shock product is ideal for this purpose. You can find all the necessary spa chemicals here.

Alternative Sanitizing Methods

The AquaSpa range of chemicals offers a chlorine and bromine-free way to sanitize your spa.

Spa Usage Guidelines

  • Keep the water temperature below 40º C; 35-37° C is ideal.
  • Limit spa usage to 20 minutes at maximum temperatures to minimize heat stress.
  • Avoid using the spa if you're pregnant, have a heart condition, or have recently undergone surgery.

Additional Tips

  • Clean your spa filter at least fortnightly or as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Empty and clean your spa every 3 months or more frequently if heavily used.

Proper maintenance is key to enjoying your spa pool for years to come. Always consult a professional for any uncertainties and follow these steps for a clean, safe, and enjoyable spa experience.

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