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Care for your Spa or Hot tub 6 Keys of Spa Care Chlorine-Bromine Spa Start Up Chlorin-bromine maintenance Soft Soak Start up & Maintenance Pristine Blue Spa Care AquaFinesse for Spas & Hot tubs Nature2 for Spas Spa Frog Swim Spa care Spa & Hot tub chemistry questions Purge, drain & refill spa or hot tub Spa Hot tub Water Balance Spa Biofilms Foaming, cloudy water Odors Spa Water Mold Spa water illlness, rashes Text Box: Spa & Hot Tub Care

Spa & Hot tub Care, Tips, Information

Spa Start-Up & Maintenance using a Nature2® or Spa Frog® cartridge

Spa Start-Up (first time or upon drain/refill)

Special note:  If your spa has been operational or NOT operational for any period of time, we strongly recommend treating the spa FIRST with a spa plumbing cleaner such as product such as Spa Purge or Swirl Away or AquaFinesse Spa Clean Tablet or Spa System Flush or SpaBoss Whirlpool Rinse  to attack & remove the biofilm..  Cleaning the plumbing lines gets rid of stuff hiding in those concealed places where bacteria & problems hide & breed.  For more information about bio-films, please read this information.

  1. Fill spa or hot tub with water.  Add 1.0 oz. SpaGuard® Stain & Scale Control
    per 300 gallons of spa water.

  2. Allow to heat up to desired temperature, no more than 104°F.

  3. Once filled, start your equipment following the manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Add 1.0 oz. SpaGuard® Water Clarifier per 300 gallons.  Circulate for about
    5 minutes.

  5. Using a BioGuard®/SpaGuard® 4 way Test Strip, test for Total Alkalinity,
    Calcium Hardness & pH.

  6. Balance the Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness (if using SpaGuard Spa Sentry,
    DO NOT adjust Calcium Hardness) & pH of the spa water.**

  7. Apply SpaGuard® Enhanced Shock according to label instructions.  Establish a
    proper chlorine residual of 1.0 ppm chlorine.

  8. Add 1.0 oz. SpaGuard® Natural Spa Enzyme per 100 gallons of spa water.

  9. Insert Nature2® or Spa Frog® Cartridge properly into filter cartridge.



  • Top off SpaGuard® Spa Sentry as per label instructions.

  • Clean filter cartridge with SpaGuard® Filter Cleaner to remove excess greases & oils.

Every 3 to 4 Months:

  • Drain, clean, polish and refill spa or hot tub based on usage.

** Special Note:
If using SpaGuard®
Spa Sentry, DO NOT balance the Calcium Hardness.  Spa Sentry will take care of this. 
Also, DO NOT turn on the spa or hot tub's heater until the water has cleared through filtration or add
Spa Sentry AFTER the water has reached its normal operating temperature.

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