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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

Soft Soak® Start-Up & Maintenance

Soft Soak Start up kitSoft Soak® 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 - all of these products are completely compatible with Soft Soak. 

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 with water.

  2. Once filled with water, start equipment following the spa manufacturer's written instructions.

  3. Test water for pH, Total Alkalinity & Calcium Hardness.

  4. Balance spa water with SpaGuard® Total Alkalinity Increaser and Calcium Hardness Increaser.  Follow label instructions or the directions provided.

  5. Add the following amount of Soft Soak® products per 150 gallons of spa water:
    Add 5 oz. Soft Soak® Spa Conditioner (used at start-up only); allow to circulate for about 30 minutes WITHOUT the air blower

  6. Add the following amounts of Soft Soak products per 150 gallons of spa water:
    Add 1.0 oz. Soft Soak® Stain & Scale Control
    Add 3.0 oz. Soft Soak® Shock

  7. All water to circulate continuously for about 30 minutes with the air blowers (if equipped) OFF.

  8. Add 1.0 oz. of Soft Soak® Sanitizer per 150 gallons of spa water & circulate continuously again for about 30 minutes.

  9. Retest spa water using Soft Soak® Water Test Strips.  Sanitizer level should be between 30 and 50 ppm and the pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6.

Soft Soak® Maintenance Care


  1. Test spa water using Soft Soak® Spa Water Test Strips for pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Sanitizer levels.  Write down the results.

  2. Add the following amounts of Soft Soak® products per 150 gallons of spa water:
    Add 0.25 oz. Soft Soak® Stain & Scale Control
    Add 1.0 to 3.0 oz. Soft Soak® Shock, according to spa usage.  Use the higher amount if the spa is used 3 or more times per week.

  3. The Soft Soak® Sanitizer level should be maintained between 30 and 50 ppm.  If the Sanitizer level is 11 to 30 ppm, add 0.5 oz. Soft Soak® Sanitizer per 150 gallons of spa water.  If the Sanitizer level is 0 to 10 ppm, add 1.0 oz. Soft Soak Sanitizer per 150 gallons of spa water.

  4. If pH is NOT between 7.2 and 7.6, adjust as needed with SpaGuard® pH Increaser or Decreaser.


  • If possible, have your water professionally tested by Par Pool & Spa

  • Chemically clean your filter with Soft Soak® Filter Cleaner.

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