Deep Cleaning your Jet Tub

Everyone loves a jet bathtub! It’s so nice to slide into a nice hot bath, turn the jets on, and relax away from all the stresses of the day.

Cleaning your jet bathtub requires a different procedure than that of a regular tub. Because the tub circulates water, it’s important to do a deep cleaning so you don’t have any mildew or bacteria lurking in the tubes leading to the jets. But, it doesn’t require a lot of time and should be done occasionally. And the best part is you won’t need any special chemicals; everything you need you probably already have in your household.

Steps to Cleaning a Jet Tub

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill the bathtub. You’ll need to have at least enough water to fully cover all the jets. This is important because you will run the tub later in the process to circulate the water through the pipes. You can use a mixture of hot and cold water if you’d like, but you’ll be using bleach in the cleaning solution, so hot is best to activate the bleach.

Once the tub is full, make a mixture of ½ cup bleach and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid (more than two teaspoons, and you’ll end up with too much foam). Pour the mixture into the water and then run the jets for five minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure the foam doesn’t spill over the tub and create a gargantuan mess (this has happened on more than one occasion)!

When the five minutes are up, drain the tub. If you have a handheld shower sprayer, you can use it to help rinse away the leftover foam. It might seem like it takes a long time to get all the foam washed down the drain, but it’s important to do so. Otherwise, during the rinse cycle, you’ll just be making more foam. If you don’t have a shower sprayer, you can use a bucket or bowl to rinse the sides of the tub.

Next, fill the tub again with cool water. You’ll have to fill over the level of the jets once more. Once you’ve got the water at the right level, turn on the jets once again. Run the jets for at least two minutes. This helps to flush the cleaning solution from the pipes. Drain the tub, and you’re done! You have a fresh, clean tub for the next time you want to use it.

What Not to Do

One thing you should never do to your jet tub is to use a harsh or abrasive cleaning agent (such as Comet cleaner). These chemicals can damage the shiny finish on your tub. Only use mild cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid. You can learn more about cleaning chemicals at this cleaning bathtub guide.

Another thing to note is you should never pour Liquid Drano down your bathtub drain. It can back up into the tub when you have a clog, and the Drano can damage the finish on your tub. When you have a tub clog, the best thing to do is run a snake down the drain to clear the drain. If you can’t do this yourself, it’s better to call a professional.

Cleaning Frequency

You should deep clean your jet tub at least once a month. Doing a basic cleaning once a week (or more if it needs it) will help keep soap scum and bacteria from developing. But, if you use your jet tub with bubble bath or other bath products (even if you don’t use the jets), this material can get inside the jet pipes, leading to mildew growth and smell. So, the deep cleaning is an important maintenance chore that should be done regularly.

Having a jet tub is an excellent way to relax after a long day. Even though a jet tub does come with a little more maintenance than a regular tub, the deep cleaning process is simple and doesn’t consume a lot of time. You probably already have all the cleaning agents you’ll need to give your jet tub a deep clean. And it only requires a few minutes of your time. Deep cleaning your jet tub ensures you have a tub free of mildew and bacteria.