Few amenities are so closely associated with luxury and relaxation like the jetted tub. Also known as a whirlpool tub or Jacuzzi, these luxuries are commonly found in hotels and spas, but some fortunate homeowners enjoy them on demand in the comfort of their own homes. As enjoyable as a good soak accompanied by the massaging jets of these tubs can be, owning a jetted tub isn’t all R&R. In order to keep yours in tip top shape, you’ll need to invest some effort into the tub’s special cleaning needs. Here’s how to do so.


  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Dishwashing powder or liquid (optional)
  • Bleach (optional)
  • Measuring cup
  • Soft cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Dental floss (optional)

Step 1

The first step is to give your tub’s inner plumbing a good flush to purge any accumulated gunk or undesirable bacteria. Begin by wiping up any hair or other material from the basin and rim of the tub. Then, fill the tub with warm or hot water to at least a couple inches past the jets. Add your cleaning agent of choice to the water after checking the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure compatibility. Adding two cups of vinegar is one option: the acidic liquid dissolves buildup effectively but does not harm tub components, unlike some commercial cleaners. An alternative is a half cup of bleach with a few teaspoons of powdered or liquid dishwashing detergent (note that some manufacturers do not recommend the use of bleach as it may dry out gaskets over time). Commercial cleaning products for jetted tubs are another option, in which case, they should be used as directed.

Step 2

The next step is to turn on the tub’s jets. Before you do so, turn off the air-induction valves unless the manufacturer’s instructions recommend leaving them on. Closing the valves means the water will only circulate through the internal plumbing of the tub, concentrating the flow for a deeper clean. Run the jets on their highest setting for 10 or 15 minutes or until debris from the internal plumbing stops flowing into the tub.

Step 3

Drain the tub completely, then fill it up with warm water to a few inches above the jets again. Run the jets on high once again for another 10 to 15 minutes to flush out more debris with the clean water, then drain the tub once more.

Step 4

Despite what some spray-and-forget bathroom cleaning product advertisers would have you believe, there’s no substitute for a good old-fashioned scrubbing. Sprinkle an ample amount of baking soda inside the tub, wait a few minutes then use a soft, dampened cloth to scrub away any mold, mildew or soap scum. Clean your faucet and drain if needed using the same process. Take care not to scrub too hard and risk harming your tub. Materials such as acrylic can be scratched with excessive force or abrasive materials.

Step 5

Those tub jets may be good for relieving back pain when in use, but they can be a figurative pain to clean. You’ll need to dislodge the grime that can accumulate in the tight spaces in and around these jets. To do so, use a toothbrush (that you only use for cleaning, of course) to gently scrub the jet nozzles and surrounding trim. If there’s any buildup you can’t reach, try using some dental floss to break it up. Don’t forget to clean the air-intake cover: unscrew it, give it a soapy brushing, rinse it off and screw it back into position. Lastly, thoroughly rinse out the tub. And you’re done!

With your cleaning complete, reward yourself with a well-earned soak in your newly glistening tub. To take proper care of your tub, be sure to repeat this cleaning process four times a year if you use it occasionally or monthly if you use it frequently. With proper care, this relaxing and rejuvenating amenity will remain functional and enjoyable for years to come.

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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