As those of you who own a whirlpool tub can likely attest, keeping the jets clean can be a real pain. That's why, at the behest of one of our lovely readers, I'm going to share some pointers on how to keep your tub jets clean.
My first piece of advice: Make a frequent preventative strike on the gunk that accumulates in tub jets by wiping down all of your tub surfaces after each use to prevent mildew build-up.
Once a more intensive jet cleaning is needed, both Bath and Kitchen Studio and Plumbing Express recommend closing the jets and filling the tub with hot water. Then add a cleaning product (many people who have posted on the Gardenweb forum on the topic swear by a combination of dishwasher liquid such as Cascade and bleach—just make sure it's dishwasher liquid, not the granular kind, because the acid in the powdered stuff can eat away at brass parts in your jets). After you add the cleaning agent, run the whirlpool for 10 to 15 minutes with the air controls open. Then drain, refill with cold water, and run for another 10 minutes or so to rinse any residue out before drying your tub thoroughly.
Oh, and if you have particularly pesky buildup around your jets, might I suggest pairing a sponge or soft-bristle toothbrush dipped in your cleaning solution with a bit of elbow grease for some extra scrubbing?
Recommendations about how often you should do this process vary—some say twice a month is ideal, others say more or less frequently depending on how often you use your tub. Ultimately how often you choose to clean is up to you, but remember that the longer you wait between cleaning sessions the less effective this process will be!
Do you have any secrets for cleaning the gunk from your whirlpool tub? Share them here!
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