Doris asked: When I tried to clean the jetted tub with bleach water, I have so many bubbles, it overflows in about 5 minutes. I have tried this three times, and I still have a tub full to overflowing in about 5 minutes. How do I stop the bubbles?
Keeping jetted tubs clean is important in keeping them sanitary. However, due to the jets, ordinary cleaners cannot be used. Here are two cleaning methods that will clean and disinfect the tub without foaming into a bubbly mess.
First, it is important to keep in mind that even though you empty the tub after use, the plumbing lines in the tub may not empty as well. Some tubs have a feature that will empty the pipes after use, allowing them to dry out and prevent the growth of bacteria. However, if the pipes do not dry out, bacteria will grow within them in what is known as a biofilm, a protective goo that cannot be penetrated by many household chemicals like bleach and therefore keeps the bacteria safe. In order to remove the bacteria, specialized cleaners will be required. There are a variety of cleaners made specifically for jetted tubs available online, at supermarkets, and at hardware stores or specialty stores. Use these cleaners regularly to prevent bacteria build-up in your tub.
Cleaning with Household Products
If your tub does automatically dry out the plumbing lines between uses, this method is sufficient to clean it as needed. This method can also be used on any tub in a pinch when no jetted tub deep cleaner is available. It won’t remove the biofilm within the pipes, but it will kill some bacteria and leave the tub cleaner than it was before.
You Will Need:
- Household bleach
- Low foaming disinfectant (Cascade or other powdered dishwasher soaps work well)
- Soft cloths
Steps to Clean the Tub:
- Begin by filling the tub with hot water. You want the water level to be 3-4 inches above the jets.
- Ensure the air induction valve is OFF. This will help lessen the amount of bubbles that are formed.
- Add ¼ cup of low foaming disinfectant and ½ cup of bleach to the water.
- Turn the jets on to the highest setting.
- Allow them to run for 15 minutes.
- Open the drain and allow the water to empty.
- Fill the tub again, but this time with cold water.
- Turn the jets on again for another 10-15 minute. This will allow the tub to rinse.
- Drain the water.
- Wipe the interior of the tub with soft cloths to remove any residue and clean away any stains.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Don’t want to use harsh bleach? Replace it with one cup of white vinegar. The disinfecting power of vinegar is not as strong as bleach, but it will help kill bacteria.
- Tubs should be cleaned once a month with normal use. If you don’t feel like doing the job yourself, there are professionals that will come and clean it for you, but be prepared to pay for the convenience.
- One site user (Thanks!) wrote in to say that adding a cup of lye to the household products recipe above and running the jets for about an hour will aid in the removal of biofilm, but be sure to fully rinse out the tub for several minutes afterward to remove the lye.