How to Care for an Inflatable Hot Tub

Inflatable hot tubs offer several advantages over traditional hard-bodied hot tubs.

The most obvious difference is that they are much lower in cost and are easily moved if you desire a change in location. In addition, inflatable hot tubs require less overall maintenance. Proper maintenance ensures that the inflatable hot tub does not fail prematurely.

Choose a location for the inflatable hot tub that on even ground so that the water pressure is evenly distributed. Make sure there are no rocks, sticks or other sharp objects on the ground which can puncture the inflatable hot tub.

Purchase a pH water test kit at a home improvement store. Insert the amount of water into the tube up to the fill line and add the pH solution form the packaging. Wait until the color develops and compare the color against the chart on the kit to determine the pH level of the water. The pH level should be between 7.4 and 7.6. Test the water pH once per week.

Remove the top cover from the pump by unscrewing it. Lift out the filter cartridge. Run the filter cartridge under running water to rinse away all dirt and debris that may be clogging it. You should clean the filter cartridge at least once per week.

Drain out the water in the inflatable hot tub once very three to four weeks by screwing the drain hose into the drain outlet at the lower outside of the inflatable hot tub. Place the other end of the drain hose in a location where you want the water to drain to. Return to the first connection and twist the top of the valve counterclockwise to start the flow of water.

Fill a bucket 3/4 full of warm water and add 1 to 2 tbsp. of liquid dish soap. Clean the inside of the inflatable hot tub at least once every three to four weeks with the soap solution and a non-abrasive sponge. Rinse the hot tub thoroughly with a garden hose after cleaning to remove all of the soap residue.

Allow the inflatable hot tub to dry completely before folding it up for storage. If the hot tub contains any water droplets, they will develop mold and mildew.

Store the inflatable hot tub out of direct sunlight and in a location that does not reach high temperatures. High temperatures will cause the plastic to degrade prematurely.

Things You Will Need

  • Water test kit
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Garden hose


  • The filter cartridge should be replaced every two months.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.