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How to clean a jet tub

A jet tub differs from a hot tub or a spa in a sense that it is installed in the bathroom itself. It is not treated with disinfectants as in case of hot tubs. Hence, it requires a thorough clean-up. If you overlook this aspect, you may end up getting those brown scum or black flakes in your jet tub.

Difficulty level: Moderately easy

Time required: 30-60 min.

Estimated cost: $ 10-30

Resources required:
1. Gloves
2. paper towels
3. cleaning rag or cloth
4. 1/4 cup of a low-foaming disinfectant
5. 1/2 cup of household bleach

Steps that you need to follow:

1. Load the tub with water:
The first thing you ought to do is to fill your tub with warm water. Make sure that the level of water remains 2-3 inches above the highest jet. In this way, all the jets will be submerged into water.

2. Switching off air induction valve:
Next, switch off the air induction valve.

3. Use of detergent:
Put some low foaming detergent such as powdered dishwasher into the tub. The amount prescribed is ¼ cups. Mix it completely into the water.

4. Adding bleach agent into water:
Add some home bleach or bio-cleaner into the mixture and stir.

5. Turn on the jets:
Now, you are ready to turn on your jets. You can see the foam rising which will spruce up the pace of cleaning. Keep the jets running for 10-15 minutes, then stop.

6. Drain out the water:
Let the water drain out of the tub. Then, mop it up with some water to ensure that no filth is remaining in the tub.

7. Rinse the tub dry:
Repeat the process again with cold water to ascertain that the bleach and the detergent are completely removed from the tub. Thereafter, wipe the tub with a clean cloth to make it dry.

Frequently asked questions:

1. What are those black-brown flake like substances in the bottom of the tub?
A. These are the bio-remnants or live algae films that get detached on putting on the jets. Be sure to drive out these loose ends through the drain.

2. What is that ring like formation in the tub at the apex of the foam?
A. The dark ring that you notice at the top of the tub at about the height of the foam is nothing but the gunk that rises to the water surface. It is deposited at the inner walls of the tub. This glop is never a cause of concern.

Quick tips:
1. Always read the manufacturer’s manual before carrying out any such project.
2. Don’t fill the tub too much to avoid the splash of the bleaching agent that consequently causes harm to other assets.
3. The slime or the glop should not be allowed to settle down again into the water. Just wipe them out.
4. Be cautious to wear gloves while performing all these action, else you may become a victim of chemical burns.
5. You can use a cup of white vinegar in place of bleach, if the manufacturer of tub does not recommend it.
6. Clean the tub twice a month or at least once a month for best results.

Things to watch out for:

1. Cover the jets completely with water before you turn them on, as the motor may get damaged on exposure.
2. Maintain proper ventilation in room while cleaning the tub. It is necessary to guard yourself against the hazards of fumes being generated during the venture.
3. Keep the children away from tub and the chemicals while you are still up to your job.