How to Clean a Jetted Tub
At the end of a long, difficult day, relaxing in a jetted or whirlpool tub sounds like a bit of paradise. You know the tub is clean—you cleaned it yourself just a few days ago—but when you fill the tub and turn on the jets, strange black bits are swirling in the water. Did you forget to clean the jets?
Cleaning a jetted tub is not difficult but it does take some time. Luckily, most whirlpool tubs can be cleaned with supplies you have on hand in your pantry and cleaning supplies cabinet.
How Often to Clean Your Jetted Tub
If you use your jetted tub regularly, the jets should be cleaned at least monthly. The actual tub should be thoroughly cleaned at least weekly to remove soap scum, body soil, and bacteria.
Before You Begin
Every brand of jetted tubs is slightly different. It's a good idea to consult the manufacturer's recommendations before cleaning the jets for the first time. Some brands recommend closing the air valve controls, others recommend leaving them open during cleaning. If you cannot find your installation manual, check online, or call the manufacturer's customer service number.
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Tips to Keep a Jetted Tub Clean Longer
Now that you have a sparkling clean tub, take a long relaxing soak. And to keep your tub clean longer, follow these tips:Article SourcesThe Spruce uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.