As a senior home safety specialist and retired occupational therapist, I’ve walked many people through the process of maintaining their homes for comfort and safety.
One common question I get is about cleaning jetted walk-in tubs.
These tubs provide a relaxing soak and improved blood flow for seniors, but they require regular cleaning to stay in perfect condition.
So, let’s go through this step-by-step guide to keep your tub sparkling clean!
The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Jetted Walk-In Tubs
Regular maintenance of your jetted tub goes beyond just keeping it looking good. It helps prolong the tub’s lifespan and ensures a healthier bathing experience.
Over weeks of regular use, body oils, soap scum, and bath products can build up in the water jets, leading to the unsightly black crud often seen in poorly maintained tubs.
Necessary Cleaning Supplies for Jetted Walk-In Tubs
To clean your tub effectively, you’ll need some specific cleaning supplies.
These include a soft cloth or microfiber cloth for light cleaning of the tub’s surfaces, an old toothbrush or wire brushes for the jet nozzles, and a cleaning agent like baking soda or a bathroom cleaner.
For deeper cleaning, a cup of bleach or hydrogen peroxide can be used. Always remember to use a clean cloth to wipe down the tub walls after cleaning.
For hard-to-reach areas like the air induction valves, dental floss can be surprisingly effective. A steam cleaner can also come in handy for those stubborn mineral deposits.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Cleaning Jetted Walk-In Tubs
Here are easy steps to give your tub a deep cleaning:
- Fill the tub with enough hot water to cover the jets by a few inches.
- Add two tablespoons of low-foam detergent and half a cup of household bleach.
- Run the jets for 15 minutes, then let the tub sit for another 15 minutes.
- Drain the tub and fill it with cool water, then run the jets again for 15 minutes to rinse off any leftover cleaning solution.
- Drain the tub again and use a clean cloth to wipe down all surfaces.
Remember to clean the air-induction valves separately, as they can harbor soap residue and black gunk.
Maintaining Your Jetted Walk-In Tub Post-Cleaning
After cleaning, rinse the tub with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth to prevent water spots and light scratches.
If you’re using your tub frequently, consider a weekly light cleaning with a damp cloth and a monthly deep cleaning.
This frequency of use will dictate the level of maintenance required.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Jetted Walk-In Tubs
One common mistake is using abrasive sponges or cleaners that can scratch the surface of the tub. Also, avoid the use of bath oils or bubble bath, which can clog the water jet tub system.
Now that you’re equipped with the best way to clean and maintain your walk-in bathtub, why not schedule your next relaxing bath?
Remember, a well-maintained walk-in tub not only improves your bathing experience but also adds years of life to your tub. So, roll up those sleeves and give your tub the care it deserves!