Care of a Spa Cover 

woman lifting her spa cover off of her hot tub

The vinyl spa cover is an attractive, durable foam insulation product that goes on your hot tub. It protects it from outdoor elements, retains the heat of the water, prevents evaporation, and keeps your hot tub secure from unattended small children and pets. Monthly cleaning and conditioning are recommended to maintain its durability and effectiveness. Here is a guide on how to care for your spa cover and other helpful tips.

Why You Need to Clean and Care for Your Hot Tub Cover

Cleaning your vinyl spa cover helps keep the vinyl looking good and prevents water spots and stains from ruining the vinyl’s appearance. It also guards against mold, mildew, and other contaminants that can degrade the vinyl material over time.

With regular cleaning, your vinyl hot tub cover will last longer and look great for years to come. Follow these simple steps to keep your vinyl spa cover in tip-top condition and ready for a relaxing soak! If you have any questions or need help, consult your owner’s manual or contact us for more information.

Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning a Vinyl Spa Cover

To clean and condition your vinyl cover:

  1. Remove the cover from the hot tub.
  2. Spray the entire cover with your garden hose to loosen and rinse away dirt or debris.
  3. Using a large sponge and/or a soft bristle brush and a very mild soap solution (one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with two gallons of water), or baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), scrub the vinyl top in a circular motion. Don’t forget to scrub the cover’s perimeter and side flaps, too. Do not let the vinyl dry with a soap film on it before it can be rinsed clean, so keep your hose handy to spritz the surface as needed.
  4. Once the cover is completely scrubbed, rinse clean with water.
  5. Rinse off the underside of the cover with water only – do not use soap. Then wipe it clean with a dry rag.
  6. To condition the cover after cleaning, apply a thin film of Hot Spring Cover Shield to the vinyl surface and buff it to a high luster.

Other Tips for Caring for Your Spa Cover

  1. After a storm, wipe any puddles off of the outer surface.
  2. Sweep off any dust or debris that accumulates on the cover.
  3. Make sure to not scratch or rip the vinyl fabric.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Spa Cover

Even with regular maintenance, vinyl hot tub covers can wear out over time. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s probably time to replace your vinyl spa cover:

  • Cracks or tears in vinyl material
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Loss of shape and structure
  • Fading due to sun damage

Taking the time to care for your vinyl spa cover properly will ensure that it stays looking great and provides years of enjoyment. If you have any questions about how to care for a spa cover or if you need a new vinyl hot tub cover, contact Texas Hot Tub Company for assistance. We can provide advice on proper maintenance or help you find the right replacement vinyl spa cover for your hot tub. We look forward to assisting you with all of your hot tub cover needs! 

Updated on 3/6/23


The 2019 Limelight Collection Owner’s Manual will help you understand your spa’s features, and answer questions you might have regarding spa operation, water care, and maintenance. There is also a troubleshooting section included for your convenience.  

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