How to look after your spa cover
Your spa’s cover is an essential element in looking after your spa. Knowing how to maintain it will make all the difference.
How do I care for my spa cover?
A quality cover helps to protect your investment — your spa pool. Like all our investments, it’s important to look after and plan time to maintain them.
Keep reading to learn the top 10 ways to ensure your spa cover stays in excellent condition so it can protect your spa for years to come.
1. Keep your spa cover clean
One of the best ways to look after your spa cover is to keep it clean.
Start by wiping off any dust, dirt, and debris regularly to look after the vinyl surface.
Your spa may be nicely sheltered by some trees or shrubs so make sure you sweep off the leaves as often as you can to make sure they don’t discolour your spa cover over time.
Try not to rest your spa cover on grass or dirt, this will minimise the amount of cleaning you need to do.
Top tip: You can clean the cover with a soft microfibre cloth and a mild dish detergent to ensure you don’t scratch the vinyl. It's best to use warm water to wipe off any debris. Try to avoid harsh soaps as this may dry out the spa cover over time.
To look after your cover long term we recommend using a specialised vinyl cleaner. You can use a vinyl protection spray on the outside of the cover, this will keep it looking brand new.
2. Keep an eye on your spa's pH levels
Maintaining the pH levels of your spa water is not only important for your own comfort and enjoyment, it also helps to look after your spa cover.
If the water in your spa is too acidic, the pH levels can damage the underside of the cover and it will begin to absorb moisture over time. This will make the cover heavier and harder to use and it will begin to deteriorate over time.
Make sure you regularly test the pH of your spa water using a test strip or automatic PH reader. The ideal pH range for spas is 7.2 to 7.8. Any reading below 7.2 means your water is acidic.
3. Leave the cover off after adding chemicals
When putting in chemicals or topping them up, make sure you leave the cover open for at least 15 minutes to allow the chemicals time to work their magic.
This is important as, once the chemicals are added to the water, they release gas into the air. This process is called oxidation and the gas can damage the underside of your spa cover.
4. What not to do with a spa pool cover
There are many ways to extend the life of your spa pool cover and avoid having to replace it too soon. As with most things, the more you care for them, the longer they will last.
We've come up with the top 5 things not to do with your spa cover.
Leave your dog unattended around the spa cover
Stand on your spa cover
Store items on your spa cover
Leave your spa cover off when not in use
Use sharp items when removing debris from your spa cover
We explain a few of the above points in more detail below.
5. Watch dogs around spa pool covers
We don’t know why, but dogs love spa pool covers!
To avoid finding your cover coated in dog hair, sagging in the middle or worse – ripped to shreds, we recommend keeping your furry friend away from your spa cover.
When it comes to dogs, here are our top tips:
Move the stairs away so the dog can’t climb onto the spa cover. Although covers are strong and hard-wearing it’s best to keep any weight off them for longevity.
Consider fencing your spa so there’s a clear barrier to keep the dog away from the spa. Not all regions require pool and spa barriers so if you do not have one you might consider installing a barrier. This will also help if you have young children and want to keep them away when unsupervised.
Don’t leave the cover on the ground with an unsupervised dog. Once the dog has found the cover it may be too late. You could consider using a cover lifter to keep your spa out of harm's way.