Seasonal Spa Maintenance: Keeping Your Relaxation Spot Pristine

Brad Smith
Written By Brad Smith

Ah, the allure of a personal spa—nothing compares. Whether enjoying a tranquil evening after a taxing day or hosting a weekend soak with friends and family, your spa serves as a sanctuary for relaxation and well-being.  

But, like any valued oasis, a spa demands regular maintenance, particularly with changing seasons. Ignoring this can adversely affect its durability, functionality, and overall enjoyment. So, how can you guarantee your spa stays in immaculate condition all year round?  

The answer lies in seasonal upkeep. A consistent routine tailored to seasonal needs ensures you stay ahead of any complications. Each season presents unique challenges, from swapping out filters to fine-tuning water chemistry. Address these proactively, and your spa remains in peak condition, ready to offer you the relaxation you crave. 

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A Spring Cleaning To Remember 

As winter fades, you might notice that your spa cover has lost its freshness or the water appears dull. Spring provides an ideal opportunity for a thorough cleaning. Start by draining the water and scrubbing the interior with specialized spa cleaners. These products are effective against stubborn grime without damaging your spa’s materials. 

After cleaning the interior, turn your attention to the filters. Vital for clear water and effective circulation, filters demand attention. Many opt for spas NZ with durable, long-lasting filters known for combating seasonal debris such as pollen and leaves.  

Regardless of the type of spa you have, plan on replacing or cleaning your filters at least once during the spring season. Inspect your spa cover for any cracks or tears. Clean it with mild soap and water to keep your spa’s water pure and energy consumption low. 

Summer Lovin’: Watch That Water 

Summer’s heat and increased usage can throw off your spa’s water chemistry. Regularly monitor the water level, as evaporation is likely more frequent with the rise in temperature and activity. Additionally, monitoring chlorine and pH levels is crucial.  

Elevated temperatures can encourage algae and bacterial growth. Conduct weekly water tests and adjust the chemical levels accordingly. To conserve energy, use your spa’s timer if it has one. Continuously running your spa isn’t necessary, and proper timing reduces the load on the system. 

Welcoming Autumn: Preparing For Chillier Months 

As leaves start to fall, prepare your spa for the approaching cold. First, install a leaf net or skimmer to catch floating debris, which will help maintain water clarity and reduce strain on the filter. After that, modify your spa’s temperature settings.  

While the evenings might be getting cooler, adhere to recommended temperature ranges to ensure safety and energy efficiency. Consider placing a spa blanket under the cover. This additional insulation maintains the water temperature during brisk autumn evenings. 

Winter Wellness: Frosty Yet Cozy 

Winter transforms your spa into a warm refuge amid the cold. First, check the insulation to ensure there are no gaps that might lead to heat loss or frozen components. 

Inspect pumps, heaters, and plumbing for leaks. The cold can cause these parts to contract, making them susceptible to cracks and leaks. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent more serious problems in the future. 

Consider adding thermal floating blankets on top of your regular spa cover. These blankets help retain heat and reduce energy consumption

Going Tech-Savvy: Automation And Upgrades 

Never underestimate technology’s role in spa maintenance. Smart filters, automated chemical dispensers, and Wi-Fi-enabled temperature controls can significantly ease your workload. Such upgrades not only boost efficiency but also prolong your spa’s lifespan.  

While there’s an upfront cost, the long-term benefits of convenience and cost-saving are undeniable. Set these automated systems to send maintenance reminders, effectively serving as your personal spa assistant. 

Spot Checks: Regular Quick Inspections

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Sometimes, the slightest issue can escalate into a significant problem if left unattended. This is why quick, regular inspections are crucial. Even a weekly once-over can be enough to catch potential issues before they become problems. 

Look for signs of wear and tear in the interior, check for leaks around the pumps and plumbing, and keep an eye on the water clarity. If something seems off, don’t procrastinate—address it immediately. 

Remember, the earlier you catch a problem, the easier (and often cheaper) it is to fix. You’ll thank yourself later for these regular checks. 

Storing Away: What If You’re Not Using Your Spa? 

What should you do if your spa won’t be in use for an extended period? Start by consulting the user manual for proper shutdown procedures. 

Drain all water from the tub, pipes, and pumps to prevent damage from freezing or stagnation. Consider professional servicing if you’re not using the spa for more than a month. Professional servicing ensures your spa is sealed, covered, and prepared for a hiatus, making reactivation easier later on. 


Your personal spa isn’t just a luxury; it’s an investment in your well-being. By incorporating a comprehensive seasonal maintenance routine, you ensure that your relaxation spot remains pristine, efficient, and ready to welcome you—regardless of the season. Prioritize its care, and it will continue to reward you with moments of unadulterated relaxation and joy.

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Written by Brad Smith

CEO & Lead Interior Designer

Brad Smith is an experienced interior designer and the founder of With a Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a passion for creating safe and healthy living spaces, Brad shares his expert insights and innovative design ideas with our readers. His work is driven by the belief that home is where every story begins.