Social media serves up a lot of fun inspiration, and that’s true for hot tubs, too. But, some of what we see — like people drinking wine out of glass goblets while relaxing in their hot tubs, for example — shouldn’t be taken literally. There are a million ways to enjoy your hot tub, but there are a few no-no’s to keep in mind, too. Here are 7 things to avoid.
Wet hands and slippery drinking glasses don’t mix. The last thing you want is shattered glass in and around your hot tub. To be safe, opt for plastic cups while you’re using your hot tub.
We know how nice it is to celebrate special occasions with your loved ones in the hot tub. However, please know that alcohol is very dehydrating. Combined with sweating from the hot tub heat, it can make for a bad dehydration-combination. Drinking while hot-tubbing can also lead to heat exhaustion or even passing out in the water. Our best advice is to save the celebration until later.
It’s impossible to avoid bringing a single contaminant into the water when you step into the hot tub. Soap residue and natural oils from your skin and makeup… these things can’t all be avoided. And they all affect your water’s chemistry. But, with a few easy steps, you can avoid unnecessary contaminants:
- Shower before entering the hot tub to wash off cosmetics, perfumes, and dirt.
- Rinse your bathing suit after hot-tubbing and skip washing it with detergent. The soap really isn’t necessary when you’ve only used your suit in the hot tub.
- Ask your guests to rinse off before entering your spa.
- Keep it covered when not in use. Leaves, insects, pollen, grass, and debris that enter your water will alter the water chemistry.
Those Instagram™ pictures of excessively bubbly, frothy water look so fun and inviting! But in reality, adding bubble bath to your hot tub will make a huge mess and will be a pain to clean. Often, owners in this situation end up emptying their hot tub and then cleaning it and the filters before they can get their water back in pristine condition. This one definitely makes the list of no-no’s when using a hot tub.
Your pup might be happy to follow you into the hot tub, but it’s better for both him and your hot tub if you don’t invite him in to soak. It’s one of our top no-no’s. For a pet, the steamy water is just too hot. Plus, the water care chemicals could be bad for him, especially if he takes a drink. For your hot tub, pet fur could clog the filters and his claws could scratch the shell. For his safety, and the longevity of your hot tub, remember that inviting your pet into your hot tub is one huge no-no.
Budget pool chemicals may look tempting, but they’ll cost you time and money in the end. The unique environment of your toasty hot tub calls for water products with a different chemical composition than the cooler water in your pool. Plus, in general, budget water care isn’t up to the same standard you find in the name brand chemicals your spa dealer carries. If you want to keep your hot tub in tip-top shape, do less maintenance, and enjoy clear water for longer, don’t cut corners when picking water care products.
Babies and Toddlers
When you bring home a hot tub, you’ll find that everyone, including your kids, loves hot-tubbing. In fact, playing games, hanging out, and relaxing in the hot tub together is a great way to get in some quality family time. This is a fantastic time for or everyone except for kids younger than five years old, unless you have CoolZone™ technology. CoolZone™ can transform your spa into a cool tub! This is perfect for kids or grandkids who want a fun place to relax, play, and splash. Small children are more heat sensitive and can’t regulate their core temperatures easily. Ask if CoolZone™ is available on the spa model you are interested in.
Avoid these seven no-no’s for using a hot tub, and you can enjoy it worry-free! No hot tub of your own yet? Get started on your search by learning about the Rookie Hot Tub Buying Mistakes to Avoid, then visit us at either one of our Fronheiser locations and let us answer all your hot tub questions!