Subject: Cover Care
Q. Is there anything
I can do to prolong the life of my spa cover?
A. Yes, through regular Cover Care. It
is important to keep your spa cover cleaned and conditioned.
Dirty vinyl can dry out and become brittle. Not only does
it look bad, but dry and brittle vinyl can tear at the seams
and stress points.
Proper cover care is easy. Once a season,
clean and condition your cover by following these simple
- With cover on spa, rinse thoroughly
with clean water.
- Using a clean terrycloth towel apply
generous amounts of SpaGuard Surface Cleaner to cover
top and side skirt.
- Allow the SpaGuard Surface Cleaner
to work on deposits for one minute, and then re-scrub
with towel. A soft bristle brush may also be used.
- Thoroughly flush cleaner from cover,
spa cabinet, and deck with generous amounts of clean water.
- Dry cover with clean, absorbent cloth.
- Condition and UV protect your spa cover
with 303 Protectant. Working one small area at a time,
spray an even layer of 303 Protectant onto cover top and
side skirt. Using a clean, absorbent cloth work 303 Protectant
into vinyl until dry and shiny.
NOTE: To prevent hazing, spa cover must
be completely dry before applying 303 Protectant.
Spa Cover Tips
- Maintaining proper water chemistry
will extend the life of your cover.
- Tree sap may be removed from cover
vinyl by using lighter fluid (NOT charcoal lighter fluid
but the type used in cigarette lighters). USE SPARINGLY!
Immediately apply 303 Protectant to the cleaned area.
- If water begins to puddle on your
cover, unzip the vinyl encasement and turn over the foam
Certain vinyl cleaners should NEVER
be used! These products contain oil that can cause
immediate blistering of spa cover vinyl on hot sunny
days. Also, prolonged use of these products will cause
the vinyl to become brittle and begin to crack. Please
contact Aqua Vita Spas for more specific information
concerning these cleaners.
In addition, avoid vinyl treatment
products that contain any type of oil, have an oily
or greasy feeling, contain petroleum distillates,
or leave a coating that dries like wax. If a product
label says "flammable" or "contains
petroleum distillates", do not use on vinyl.
Q. How can I avoid
damaging my spa cover when removing snow or ice from it?
A. By following these Cover Care
Tips for Winter.
Spa covers require special care and handling
when subjected to winter conditions. Following these simple
guidelines will go a long way in extending the service life
of your cover.
1. Do not use shovels or other sharp
tools to remove accumulations of snow from spa cover.
2. Use a soft bristle broom to remove snow from spa cover.
Avoid puncturing the vinyl at all cost!
3. Do not pry off ice that has frozen to the cover. Prying
may remove the ice, but may also damage the cover.
4. ALWAYS REMOVE SNOW FROM COVER BEFORE OPENING. Failure
to remove accumulations of snow from cover before opening
will stress the cover hinge and foam cores and may also
damage the cover removal system.
5. Spa cover vinyl is rated to -20° Cold Crack. Cold
vinyl does not stretch, so handle the tie down straps and
handles with care.
6. If cover clips become frozen shut, they can be freed
by splashing cool tap water on them.
7. Be sure to clean and condition your spa cover before
the first snow. For this process, please refer to the Cover
Care instructions found in this section.
Q. Black blotches are developing on the
underside of my cover. What are they? Can they be removed?
Can I prevent them from developing in future?
A. This is mildew. Use the following Cover
Avoiding the growth of mildew on or inside spa covers is
difficult. You can reduce the possibility of mildew growth
by maintaining proper water chemistry. What should you do
if you find mildew on or inside your spa cover?
- Clean your cover according to the Cover
Care instructions found in this manual. DO NOT apply 303
- Mix 1 Tablespoon of SpaGuard Surface
Cleaner with 1 gallon water and 1 cup household bleach.
- Thoroughly scrub the UNDERSIDE of
cover with a soft bristle brush and the cleaning solution.
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
- Remove foam cores from vinyl encasement.
This procedure is best performed by a two person team.
- Thoroughly scrub the INSIDE of the
encasement with a soft bristle brush and the cleaning
- Using a terry cloth towel, wipe down
both sides of each foam core with cleaning solution.
- Rinse the inside of the encasement
and foam cores with generous amounts of water at garden
- Allow the encasement and foam cores
to dry completely. WARNING! DO NOT put foam cores in the
sun to dry- they can melt!
- Once the encasement and foam cores
are thoroughly dry, spray them with a mildew inhibitor,
such as Pine-Sol.
- Allow Pine-Sol to dry completely.
- Inspect the plastic covering the foam
cores for damage. Small holes and rips must be repaired.
Contact Aqua Vita Spas for repair procedures.
- If foam cores have become bowed, position
the bowed side up before carefully inserting foam cores
into encasement. Avoid damaging the plastic covering on
the foam cores! Make sure zippers are fully closed and
zipper flaps are properly positioned.
- Place cover onto spa and apply 303
Protectant according to the Cover Care instructions
found in this manual.