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Whirlpool Tubs and Clean Jets

By Karin Mangan

When you think of whirlpool tubs, the image which probably comes to mind is you relaxing in some nice clean water with perhaps some scented soap, and a good book. You don't conjure up the image of relaxing in dirty water, loaded with grime and bacteria, but that's what you might be doing if you don't keep your whirlpool's jets clean.

Whirlpool tubs re-circulate water, and water which is allowed to remain inside the plumbing of your whirlpool can eventually begin to have an odor, and allow bacteria and mold to grow. However, it doesn't take much time or work to prevent this from happening in whirlpool tubs, and by following these easy steps, you can help keep it from happening in yours:

  1. Full your whirlpool tub up with very hot water until it is several inches above the jets;
  2. Run the jets for at least 15 minutes to loosen up stuck on grime;
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of dishwashing detergent and 1/2 cup of bleach into the hot water. A low foaming dishwashing detergent is recommended;
  4. Run your jets for another 15 minutes to allow the cleaning solution to reach all areas. Whirlpool tubs have a lot of tubes and piping underneath the deck, so give the solution time to work;
  5. Drain the tub, and give the whirlpool a thorough rinsing to get all of the cleaning solution and loosened grime down the drain;
  6. Fill the tub again to the same level, but this time with cold water. Allow the jets to run for another 15 minutes to completely rinse out all piping and the jets;
  7. Drain all of the water out, and clean the inside and deck of the whirlpool with a soft cloth. Some whirlpool tubs scratch easily, so take care when using abrasive cleaning solutions;
  8. Whirlpool tubs that have their jets regularly cleaned in this fashion should provide you with nice clean water to relax in the next time you have a good book.
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