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Hot Tub and Spa Cover Maintenance and Repair

Spa Cover Maintenance


If you have just purchased your hot tub or spa and have a new cover, or you are buying a new spa cover to replace an old one, or you simply want to learn how to maintain your hot tub cover for the longest period of time, this article will help you do just that.


Spa Cover Material and Construction 


It is important to understand the make up of a spa cover. The material is typically made from a fabric that has an outer layer of PVC or vinyl material. During the time that the cover is manufactured it has a special topcoat applied which contains protectants that help keep it looking attractive for years to come. Maintaining this top layer of protection is the key to keeping your spa cover looking and functioning like new.


Protecting the Top Coat Layer of a Spa Cover 


An absolute necessity for protecting your spa or hot tub cover is to apply some sort of protectant. Protectants include 303 Aerospace Protectant, or any other sort of non oil based vinyl UV protective. These can be purchased from your local auto parts store such as Discount Auto Parts or AutoZone and even places like Walmart sometimes in the auto detailing section. The key is to find some sort of protectant that has UV protection and is non-oil based.


Applying a protective like this to the underside of your spa cover will also help to prevent any sort of mold or mildew growth.  Make sure you do not use the wrong type of vinyl protectant on your hot tub cover. Using a product, which contains any type of oil or petroleum, can do more damage than good to your spa cover. Stay away from anything that might may feel greasy or leave a wax coating. Protectants that include these ingredients may actually accelerate damage to your spa cover and decrease its life.


Cleaning your Spa Cover 


A regular monthly cleaning of your spa or hot tub cover can keep it in its prime condition. If mildew is allowed to grow and dirt is allowed to accumulate, it may accelerate and lessen the lifetime of the cover.


To clean your spa cover, first rinse off with a regular garden hose all debris and any dirt. You can use a soft non-foaming cleaner of some sort to clean off dirt if needed. Never use harsh chemicals such as bleach, alcohols, or dish soap, to clean your spa cover. These can affect the top layer protective coating and begin to remove it prematurely to the natural aging process. If you would like to use a soft sponge you may do so to remove any hard to clean dirt. 


After you have rinsed away any dirt, allow the spa cover to dry before applying a UV protector. This process should be done on a monthly basis to keep your spa cover looking new and functioning like the day you got it. You may want to repeat this process more times than not in the summer depending upon lack of use.  When spas are not actively being used, sometimes dirt and grime can accumulate more on the covers.


When mildew or mold begins to grow on the inside of the jacket you must deal with this directly by removing the jacket and cleaning it immediately. Leaving any mold or mildew on the inside of the jacket can begin to deteriorate the foam and cause the cover to fail preemptively. Most spa jackets can be removed by simply unzipping the zipper, and pulling it off of the hard foam cover.  After cleaning the inside of the jacket or any of the fabric pieces ensure to let all parts dry completely before reassembling the jacket to the cover. Direct sunlight also helps to eliminate any mold or mildew growth while drying. However, as mentioned previously, leaving your cover in the direct sunlight for long periods of time can expose it to harmful UV rays.  This is why using UV protecting is so important.


If you have any questions as to which protectants you should use, where to buy them, or how to care for your spa cover to get the longest lasting life from it, please give us a call and speak to one of our friendly representatives. We would be happy to help you.


Keeping Structural Integrity to Your Spa Cover 


The foam core of a spa cover can be damaged or cracked by excessive weight or objects, which may rest upon it for extended periods of time. To prevent your spa cover from failing, refrain from ever placing any objects on top of the spa cover. Do not allow people to sit stand walk or jump on your spa cover. This may lead to cracking, dents, or pooling of water in the future on your cover. Keep all sharp objects or tools away from the cover as these may rip the jacket and allow for moisture and water to get under the jacket further causing mold and mildew growth. It is also not as attractive to have rips in your cover. Refrain from having pets or animals such as cats and dogs on top of the spa.


The manufacturer’s warranty only covers manufactured defects. A manufacturer warranty will not cover any damage of spa covers from negligence or issues arising from weight or sharp objects that should not be in contact with cover.


Water Intrusion 


It is okay at times if water gets in between the spa jacket and the core. There should be holes on the bottom of your spa jacket that will allow the water to drain out. All cores on the inside of a spa cover should be encased in a clear plastic lining. This is to keep water out of the insulation area of the cover. If you find that water is getting in between the clear plastic lining and the core, you should immediately locate the holes in the clear plastic lining, drain any excess water from it, allow it to dry, and then reseal any holes in the lining. Water entering the clear plastic lining and soaking into the core installation of the cover can damage the cover and its effectiveness. You may need to cut a small slit in the clear plastic cover to drain all the water. You can then repair any holes in the clear plastic lining with a watertight sealant such as "Tear–Aid Type A".


You can repair any sort of cover jacket rips and holes in the vinyl with "Tear–Aid Vinyl Patch Type B".  This is another special sealant that is designed for water to protect your cover.  Applying this to the jacket slit or cut can help to eliminate any further water intrusion.


Broken Straps and Cover Locks/Latches 


Spa cover straps and latches are designed for the sole purpose to keep your spa cover sealed and in place on top of the hot tub. Broken straps or latches should be replaced immediately. One prevention method from these breaking is to ensure that all latches and locks are released before trying to open the spa cover.


Stitching and Seam Damage 


The best way to prevent damage from the stitching or seems in your spa cover is to use a spa cover lifter which can reduce the overall stress on the cover. If you choose not to use one ensure that you never lift the cover by grabbing the bottom skirt of the cover to lift the cover off the spa. Always open the cover with individuals on both sides of the spa. Never remove the cover just from one corner. This can cause the cover to bend in a position not originally designed. It can also eventually cause warping to the cover. When removing the spa cover never drag on concrete or rough services. Make sure the ground is free from all debris such as rocks, tree roots, or patio furniture, which could strike holes in the cover. Keep your chemicals and other water treatment items away from the spa cover as these can damage the vinyl top coat protectant.


Snow and Water Accumulation on the Top of Spa Covers 


Snow could be very heavy and damaging to a spa or hot tub cover.  Never allow snow to sit on a hot tub cover. It can weigh up to 600lbs!! Remove it immediately if a snow storm has occurred.  Manufacturer warranties do not cover damage from the weight of snow or other outside elements. A hot tub which has been weight stressed at times can start to accumulate puddles of water. Some cheap covers over time will experience dipping and sagging in the middle regardless as they age, also accumulating water puddles. The water will accelerate this by adding more weight to the cover, and causing further failure. Any time it rains you should check your spa cover for water puddles. If there is any water on top of the spa cover you should remove it.


One potential remedy for a slightly dipping spa cover is to flip the inside core over. To do this you can remove the jacket and turn the core of the spa cover upside down. This will help prevent future puddles if the issue is not already too severe. If the issue is major and there already is a huge sag in the cover, it maybe time to replace your spa cover.  You can find your right cover for DreamMaker Spas here.