How to Clean a Jacuzzi Jetted Tub

Your jetted tub can be an incredible escape from the stress of the day — but only if it’s clean and sanitary. Learn how to properly deep clean your Jacuzzi tub.

Master Bathroom Jacuzzi Tub

Master Bathroom Jacuzzi Tub

The master bedroom ensuite bath features this large jacuzzi tub surrounded by marble. Glass allows views into the bedroom and beyond to the sea.

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JK Property & Yachting, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

If you regularly enjoy a soak in your jetted tub, it’s important to know that dirt, grime, sweat, deodorant, hair, soap residue, minerals in your water and other elements can all build up over time. This makes your tub less than sanitary and reduces your enjoyment. However, cleaning a Jacuzzi jetted tub requires more than just a spray cleaner and a sponge because the system is more complicated than a basic bathtub.

Cleaning Your Plumbing

The first thing you'll need to do is tackle the hidden gunk and dirt that builds up within the plumbing of your tub. Unlike a regular bathtub, your Jacuzzi jetted tub recirculates the water within it. That’s how you get that wonderful pressure from the jets without overflowing the tub. The problem is that recirculated water contains dirt and debris from the tub itself, which can wind up stuck to the sides of the jets and the piping. To clean that out, you’ll need to follow a few specific steps:

  • Clean the inside of the tub. Wipe away any accumulated hair or dirt and scrub off any soap residue. You should do this regularly.
  • Once the inside of the tub is clean, fill it with hot water to 2 inches above the jets.
  • Add two cups of vinegar to the water. (You can also use bleach or a cleaner formulated specifically for jetted tubs, depending on your manufacturer’s preferences and instructions.)
  • Turn off your air-induction valves if the manufacturer does not prohibit this.
  • Activate your jets.
  • Run the jets for about 15 minutes. You should see debris from the jets entering the tub.
  • Drain the tub.
  • Fill the tub once more with hot water to 2 inches above the jets.
  • Run the jets again for another 15 minutes.
  • Drain the tub once more.

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Once you’ve done this, you should have a dirty tub (yes, that’s the point). You’ll need some baking soda and a soft cleaning cloth. Sprinkle baking soda over the wet mess of gunk and debris within the tub basin. Be generous with it. Next, let it sit for three to five minutes to begin breaking up the debris.

After letting it sit, take your cloth and begin cleaning everything. Scrub gently so that you don’t accidentally scratch the tub’s finish. Once you’ve completely cleaned the tub, rinse it thoroughly.

Focus on the Jets

For the final step, you’ll need to grab an old toothbrush and focus on the jets themselves. Scrub the jet nozzles and the areas surrounding them. While you’re at it, take the cover off the air intake and give it a good cleaning. When you’ve cleaned all the nozzles and the surrounding contours, as well as the air intake, rinse it all down thoroughly. You may need to rinse more than once, as there is likely to be a lot of gunk and buildup that needs to be rinsed off.

Make this part of your regular maintenance, and you’ll have less clean up when the time comes. If you use your tub regularly, it’s best to clean it once per month. However, if you rarely use your tub, you can probably get by with a deep cleaning once every quarter.

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