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The unsightly ring of grime in hot tub water.

The unsightly ring of grime in hot tub water.

Tackling a recurring ring of grime or brown scum around the water level of your hot tub and spa doesn’t have to be a problem you simply put up with. This soapy-discoloured hot tub water and off-putting layer of grime is something that the SpaChem team can help you solve and prevent happening in the first place.


Now that we are experiencing the second phase of ‘lockdown’, hot tub owners are getting the most use they have ever had out of their at-home spas of sanctuary. With this increased use, the SpaChem team have been helping owners with their water chemical management and hot tub cleaning regimes in the fight against the unsightly ring of grime.


In the blog below the team have covered what causes this grime ring to happen, what can be done to get rid of the grime and how it can be prevented in the future.


Why does my hot tub water have a layer of grime around the water level?

The most common causes of the unsightly ring of grime just below the water level of your hot tub and spa are due to chemicals and oils that are found in products we use on our bodies daily. The main culprits of these are: antiperspirants, deodorants, body lotions, makeup, perfume, aftershave and the biggest no-no of all, fake tan.


These everyday items simply wash off your skin when you use your hot tub or spa and over time and with increased use, they contribute to the soapy layer of grime that sits just below the water level.

How to remove the layer of grime around your hot tub.   

Removing this unsightly layer of grime can be time-consuming and some recommended products can inadvertently affect the water chemistry of your hot tub or spa, which in turn will lead to more problems and you having to restore the balancing act of your water.


Understanding this issue and knowing that many people were looking for a cost-effective yet time-saving solution, the team here at SpaChem have just the answer! Our non-abrasive hot tub surface cleaner [https://spachem.co.uk/spa-surface-cleaner-non-spray-bottle-5ltr] has been specifically formulated to quickly breakdown this soapy deposits and is compatible with your water chemistry offering you the perfect solution.

Test a small area of the surface of your hot tub or spa to ensure absolute compatibility.

Ensure the area that you are wanting to treat is wet.

Use a damp, non-abrasive sponge or cloth and apply the cleaner sparingly, lightly working the product onto the affected area.

Leave for 5 minutes.

Wipe and remove the product, rinse the treated area thoroughly.

If the area is heavily soiled or has been left untreated for a longer period of time, it may be necessary to undertake a second application.


How do I prevent a layer of grime forming around my hot tub?

If you feel like you are having to remove a layer of grime around the water level of your hot tub or spa after each time it has been used, it can take the joy of using the spa in the first place away. Following these hints and tips below can prevent this unsightly soapy layer from forming:

Shower before entering. Sometimes it may feel like we have far too many rules to follow, but this simple yet effective method of washing-off the products you use on your skin daily before you dip your toe into your hot tub or spa could save you valuable cleaning time after use. 

Balance your water. Keeping on top of your water testing, using good quality test strips will give you the information you need to balance your pH levels and TA levels to within the ideal range and is a great way to achieve a happy hot tub and help prevent the layers of grime from forming. For more help on how to balance your hot tub and the products you may need to do this, visit [Spa pH & Alkalinity water balancers from SpaChem Limited]

Regular cleaning. Following a regular cleaning routine will help keep your hot tub or spa in tip-top condition. Having a checklist of weekly, monthly and quarterly cleaning cycles will help you maintain perfect crystal-clear water and maintain the condition of your hot tub.  The SpaChem team is happy to talk you through a cleaning routine based on the size of your tub and the usage, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Shocking. The build-up of chemicals and contaminants in your water goes hand-in-hand with being a hot tub owner. Undertaking a shock treatment on the water in your hot tub or spa weekly will help you maintain the perfect water balance. Our user-friendly shock treatments are a great one-stop product: Non Chlorine Shock

Spa Sparkle or Spa Clarifier. Restores sparkling clarity to the water as the product allows small tiny particles to combine together and be removed via the filtration process (the cartridge filter).


If grime pool and spa water is not your issue but green spa water, yellow spa water (not what you might think), brown spa water, foamy spa water and even cloudy spa water is, then we’ve got you covered.  The SpaChem team have been busy blogging away to help hot tub owners get a better understanding of the challenges they may face.

If you have followed the above steps and still feel like you have not overcome the battle of the grime, our water management team is on-hand to help. Give us a call on: 02920 280422 or WhatsApp on: 07540 184405.

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