How do I extend the life of my spa cover?

No one really wants to buy an expensive spa cover – all people really want is a value for money spa cover that will do the job they want it to do.  And once you’ve forked out a thousand dollars for a good one, you certainly don’t want to have to replace it every year!

How do you get the best possible life expectancy out of a spa cover?

1. Keep it safe from pets.  Seriously – you would not believe the number of people who say ‘My dog ate it’.  It’s not just solar covers or foam covers either – the hard (really expensive) vinyl ones are a favourite toy for bored pooches.

2. Watch your chemical levels. Because chemical levels in spas need to be high, it makes them pretty tough on covers. Chlorine can do a lot of damage in a relatively short period, so its a good idea to check your levels a couple of times a week.  If you have an expensive cover, we highly recommend using a cheap solar cover directly underneath it – a ‘sacrificial’ cover if you might – just to give you a barrier between the water and your ‘good’ cover.

3. If you are taking the cover off to store for a few days, wash it with a mild soapy water, rinse well and dry before storing. If it is a solar cover, do not leave it in direct sunlight. Always store it in a cool place, out of sunlight.

4. Keep it clean. Dirt, bird and bat droppings and such will always contribute to the breakdown of a cover. If it’s a solar cover, it won’t work as well if it’s dirty either.

4. If you have a hard cover, don’t sit or stand on it, or use it to store stuff on.

 

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