4 Tips For Protecting Your Hot Tub Cover

Keeping hot tub covers in good condition ensure they will last longer, saving you time and energy in the long run. Here are Jay, The Cover Guy‘s, best tips for getting the longest life out of your cover.

Tip #1. Prevent chemical damage.
Chemical damage is the #1 reason covers break down and it is completely preventable. Chemical damage occurs when the water is high in acid or disinfectants such as chlorine and bromine. Checking your chemical levels regularly not only helps you maintain a healthy environment in your hot tub, it also prevents damage to your cover. Additionally,  when you shock the water, be sure to take your hot tub cover off completely, and keep it off for at least one hour.

Tip #2: Keep weight off the cover.
Although the surface of a hot tub cover looks likes a desirable place to sit, keep your loved ones off of the cover for their safety and the well-being of your cover. Also take care not to store or rest anything on top of the cover. Any weight placed on a hot tub cover can cause sagging or a break in the foam. Once the foam is cracked, the cover will no-longer work to its full potential and water logging, sagging, and failure will occur.

Tip #3: Take care when removing the cover.
Many covers are torn or broken from removing the cover incorrectly. When removing the cover and putting it back on, take care to use the proper handles on the sides of the cover. Do not drag, pull, kick, or grab by the cover by the security straps. If you have difficulty lifting the cover, consider getting a lifter which makes lifting easy and a one-person task.

Tip #4: Keep it clean.
Keep your cover clean and free of any debris and dirt to the extent possible. If your cover gets dirty, use warm water and a gentle soap to remove and dirt or debris. Also be sure to apply 303 four to five times a year. Do not use products with harsh chemicals such as Amoral, as they make the vinyl on the cover fragile. 303 is made exclusively for marine grade vinyl, which is why we recommend it.

Tip #5 Keep it dry.
Keep your cover as dry as possible. Clear snow off the top in the winter months and wipe off water after a heavy rainfall. There is no cure for a waterlogged cover. When covers become waterlogged they have to be replaced. You can prevent a cover from becoming waterlogged by keeping it dry.

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  1. Rick Meidlinger April 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    So if I keep the water perfect, how long can I expect the inside of the cover to last? And would you recommend allowing the cover to air dry from time to time?

    1. jaylabelle August 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

      Great questions Rick,

      Hot Tub Covers last anywhere from 3 – 7 years it really depends on the usage and weather elements. If your chemicals are perfect that goes a long way to getting the upper region of a hot tub cover life span. Allowing the hot tub covers to air out is a great idea as well as spraying it down while it is off. We always recommend that you take the hot tub cover off for at least and hour after shocking.

  2. Greg Ilkka November 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I just ordered a new cover from you, but, for future reference, can you explain how the covers get water logged? Is it from the condensation inside, or the rain/snow outside?


    1. The Cover Guy December 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Greg,

      The water logging actually comes mostly from the inside of the Hot Tub and often is a result of over acidic hot tub water. The corrosive water eats away at the poly vapor barrier and then the foam without protection absorbs the water. So the best advice in making your hot tub cover last longer is to make sure your hot tub water chemistry is perfect.

  3. Art Schneider June 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    First – my new cover – you sent in March is the best over the prior two. Extra think (+ 1 inch) and drains well because of full black nylon ‘net’ inside cover. (Old cover had 1″ drain hole on the inside center; a less preferred design.) Also saves on electricity – more often off than on with good temp reading sent to my kitchen. Best part the 11 year old hot tub runs the best it ever has with clean clean water and consistent chemistry (Br base). my new ‘skimmer’ is a stainless steel fine large strainer got that at ‘Bed Bath & Beyund’. And the new blue inside bubble floot seems to reduce water loss. Wife & I use it out side all year. Nice!

  4. tom forstreuter June 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

    You forgot to mention that outstanding flexible cover you guys make that goes over the hard cover. I’m in California and that thing is paying for itself by keeping the UV rays from tearing up the dark brown vinyl mine is made of. Keeps the rain out and sun’s rays from really doing damage over time, and so easy to replace when worn out. The elastic actually holds it tight as well to keep the wind from reeking havoc.

    Cheers on a good product

    1. The Cover Guy June 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Hi Tom,
      Thank you for your comment, we appreciate this feedback.
      The cover cap is a fantastic product to protect the vinyl of the cover. The material will not only allow snow from building up on your cover, it also protects the vinyl from sun damage and other damage that can occur from the weather elements.

  5. glen robb June 15, 2011 at 8:20 am

    where can i purchase 303 –

  6. Brian June 15, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Over the winter My cover picked up a small 1/4 inch slit, what is the best way to repair.

    1. The Cover Guy June 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Thank you for comment.
      We would be happy to send you a repair kit. This is a transparent adhesive material that will patch that up for you.
      Please email us at customerservice@thecoverguy.com with your order number, mailing address and remind us of the size of the slit and we will send this out via mail right away.

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