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  • How to Care for Your Inflatable Hot Tub

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    Inflatable hot tubs are an excellent option for those consumers lacking the space, or possibly the budget to purchase a fixed position hot tub. Inflatable tubs come with their own set of differences compared to built-in models, and they also come with a different set of maintenance and care guidelines that should be followed. Whether you're moving, looking to store your hot tub in the coming months for winter, or just cleaning it, this post offers helpful steps to assist you in caring for your inflatable hot tub.

     

    Keep Your Hot Tub Covered

    This tidbit applies to any hot tub, but can be particularly important in the long-term use and care of an inflatable hot tub. Using a cover on your hot tub helps prevent debris from the surrounding environment from settling in the water and potentially clogging your filters. Additionally, a cover helps collect water vapor as it condenses on the lid, dripping back into the tub. This helps reduce, but does not eliminate, the loss of solids such as calcium from precipitating out of the water.

    On top of everything else, a good cover helps prevent fluctuations in the temperature of your hot tub. When this occurs, you'll wait less for the hot tub to warm up before use, and save energy costs.

     

    Empty the Tub Regularly

    Inflatable hot tubs have a few advantages compared to their built-in, rigid cousins. The easiest way to clean your tub from top to bottom is to drain the water and wash down the sides and seats. This task is more difficult in a traditional tub. An inflatable tub is easy to empty, and can be cleaned with warm, soapy water.

     

    Cleaning the Empty Tub

    Once you've cleaned the empty tub, you'll find it much easier to clean because you won't need to use any special cleaners. As mentioned above, warm, soapy water is enough to get the job done. In fact, using abrasive cleaners when caring for your inflatable tub can actually compromise the durability and strength of your inflatable tub's walls. Once you have emptied the tub and cleaned its sides, make sure to thoroughly rinse your tub of soapy water before refilling it and using it next.

     

    Should I use Soft Water?

    Using soft water in a hot tub or pool is not recommended. The salt used is an additional dissolved solid in your water, and it can be very difficult to balance the pH if soft water is used.

     

    Winterizing

    Finally, if you're getting ready to store your inflatable hot tub in the next few months as winter temperatures descend on the country, you'll want to proceed with caution. After you've emptied the tub, cleared the filters and heaters, make sure you store everything in a warm, dry location. Before storing the tub itself, give it ample time to dry out. Water can freeze and thaw, expanding and contracting throughout the winter, and compromise the integrity of your inflatable hot tub.

     

    Inflatable hot tubs are easy to set up, can be moved from one location to the next easily and provide the same benefits as a regular hot tub for a lot less. If an inflatable hot tub sounds like something you’d like to own for your home, check out our selection of inflatable hot tubs here.

     

  • Hot Tubs & Kids

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    Using your spa is a great way to relax and enjoy some time alone or with family and friends, but it’s very important to be extra careful when children are in the hot tub. Ultimately, your spa can be a great place for kids to relax too, but there are several safety precautions that should be taken before bringing a child into a hot tub. Here at Spas & Stuff, we want to make sure you’re taking advantage of all of the fun things to do with your spa when your kids are in it, while remaining safe at the same time.

    Safety is Key: Safety first! Staying safe in your spa is the most important thing. Children under the age of five should not be using the spa, as young children tend to overheat faster than adults. If your child is five years old or older, have them stand in the center of the hot tub. If he or she is tall enough to be in the center of the tub without their head under water, they are tall enough and old enough to be in the hot tub. The reasoning behind this test is to prevent drowning. This unnecessary tragedy can be prevented by keeping a close eye on your child, only letting them stay in the spa for fifteen minute sessions, and making sure they meet height and age requirements.

    Activities, Activities, Activities!: As much as your spa is a place to relax, it can also be a place to socialize and have fun. Whether your older kids are having some friends over to enjoy some time in the spa or you’re looking for something fun to do with the little ones, your spa can be the place! One activity you can do with kids is a backyard scavenger hunt. Set up fun riddles and prizes around your deck or backyard and have the final destination be the hot tub! Or, have the kids enjoy a scavenger hunt while you keep an eye on them from the spa. If your kids are too old for a scavenger hunt, you can easily set up some snacks and beverages at a nearby table so that they can socialize. Just make sure to leave the food outside of the hot tub!

    Accessories on Accessories: Your spa is obviously not as large as a pool, so there is not enough room for large floats and rafts, however there is plenty of room for other fun accessories! Your kids can easily bring in small pool toys to play with and you can purchase accessories like the Deluxe Spa Head Rest and the Deluxe Spa Seat Cushion to help you feel as comfortable as possible when in your spa.

    With small accessories and little games to play, it’s easy to have a good time with kids in your hot tub. Just remember to be safe when using your spa! If you would like to experience the fun of owning your own home spa, check out our selection of hot tubs for sale, here! We even provide free shipping to 48 states!

     

  • Featured Item: Towel Hot Tub Table

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    Don’t be fooled by this hot summer weather… Your hot tub can still be put to good use, even during this sizzling season! Suit up, because now is the perfect time to grab the family and friends and enjoy your spa, and Spas & Stuff has the perfect products to help you throw a great little get-together.

    One of the best ways to enjoy your spa is with a drink in your hand and some yummy snacks close by, but it’s not a good idea to prop that drink up on the edge right next to you. One swing of the arm and that drink could be joining you in the hot tub! To avoid soaking with your snacks, instead, consider a Towel Hot Tub Table. This product is great to keep next to your hot tub, and not only does it keep your drinks and snacks safe, it gives you a great place to hang your towels while you’re soaking.

    The table comes in a variety of colors, you can get this table to match your spa perfectly or switch it up a bit and get it in one of the colors that bests matches your furniture. The options are a-plenty!

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    There’s not a lot of room around your spa to put a bunch of towels and you don’t want them to get wet from the tub, so this table has towel racks that pull out from each side, letting you hang towels to dry or keep them close by while you’re enjoying your spa. These towel bars simply slide in when you don’t want to see them or you’re not using them, and at only 45 pounds, it’s not too difficult to move the table to another convenient location for a party or another occasion.

    Measuring at 31 inches or 34 inches, you have the option to choose the table height that works best to match your spa. This table is envirotech, which means that it can withstand your spa water, rain, snow; you name it! This table will not crack, fade, or deteriorate with exceptional resistance to moisture, fading, insects, splinting, warping and other hazards of environmental exposure common to wood or wood fiber composite products.

    Cleaning is especially easy with this table. All you need is just a little soap and water; no extra product needed! The table doesn’t require water proofing, staining or other similar maintenance either!

    You can easily match this table with a pair of stools, allowing for lunch or a snack in between spa sessions, or even a drink at a little bar. So grab the snacks and lemonade; now is the perfect time for you to enjoy your spa!

    Spas & Stuff offers free shipping to 48 states, so don’t hesitate to order the perfect hot tub companion! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and check out all the other spa accessories, parts, steps, lifts and more available on our site!

     

  • Advice for First-Time Spa Owners

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    Your first time owning a spa is very exciting! But there are some important things you need to know when managing a spa at your own home. What should you do once the spa arrives? How long will it take before it’s up and running? How often should I check the chemical levels? All of these are normal questions to have when you’ve never owned a spa before.

    Below, we’ve compiled some tips so you can enjoy your time with your spa virtually worry-free. After all, wasn’t the idea for buying a spa so you could relax?

     

    Preparation

    A big part of enjoying your spa is understanding how it works and how to properly maintain it. Begin by reading your manual. Your manual will be your personal guide and help you to prevent damages as you take care of your spa. As you read your manual, you will come across various steps that you need to take before you use your spa for the first time. You want to clean your spa with a gentle, mild cleaner in preparation for it to be filled with water.

    Once your spa is filled, review your owner’s manual on your temperature controls. Your next step is to heat your spa! This can take anywhere from seven to 24 hours, however it all depends on size, temperature of the water you added and temperature of the air around you.

    Balancing your water is another extremely important step to take before spending time in your spa. Be sure to check the chemical balances by using some of these testing strips to make sure your water is safe. These strips will tell you where your chemical imbalances are and your manual will help you fix these. After your water is ready to go, so are you!

    Make sure to check your water with testing strips every few weeks. Chemical imbalances can randomly occur, and you always want to make sure that your spa water is safe.

     

    Safety First!

    Safety should always come first, and in order for you to have a good time while using your spa, we want you to feel safe and know what precautions to take.

    If you have children, always remain in the hot tub with them, or supervising them at all times. You should also consider purchasing a cover and cover lifter for your spa to eliminate access to the spa when it isn’t being supervised. Children should not be in the spa for more than 15 minutes at a time and the water should be kept at a lower temperature. Infants and toddlers should not be in the spa at all.

    Be sure to stay hydrated when you use your spa, as the heat will make you feel dehydrated. So drink plenty of water. Keep water close by and cool with these Spas & Stuff Tervis Big-T Tumblers!

    If you are looking to buy a spa for your home, there are many options available, so be sure to find the one that’s right for you and use these helpful tips to make spa ownership a breeze. Additionally, feel free to contact us anytime with concerns or questions about managing your first home spa.

     

     

  • Why Owning Your Own Hot Tub Is the BEST Thing Ever

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    The ultimate goal of spending time in a hot tub is to relax and enjoy time either alone or with your friends and family. Owning your own spa allows you to do just that --- and so much more! Although having access to a public hot tub may be nice, having your own hot tub has benefits that far exceed packing up the family to go out for some time in the hot tub.

    One of the greatest pros to having your own spa is convenience! Owning your own hot tub means you can use it when, and as much as, you’d like. Although your local pool or swim club may have a hot tub, many of these aren’t open year round, or they aren’t open early in the morning, or late at night – times when you might need a good soak in the hot tub the most. With the convenience of it being right outside your home, you can cut down a lot of time that you would be using to drive to your gym or pool club. That extra twenty, thirty, or even forty minutes can make a huge difference when it cuts into your sleep schedule, which takes us to our next benefit – getting more and better sleep!

    Getting enough sleep can be tough enough as it is --- the last thing that you need is driving to take time away from getting rest. Not only will you cut out driving time to and from the hot tub, using your hot tub frequently can even help you sleep better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a twenty minute session in your spa can help you get to sleep faster and deeper. So enjoy that time in your spa after a long day at work and then catch some extra zzz’s with the time you’re saving to feel well-rested and ready to tackle the next day!

    Your spa is a great place for family and friends to convene and have a good time on the weekends. Set out some snacks on a nearby table with some water to keep you hydrated for your time in the spa and you’ll be ready to have a great time with people you love to hang out with! You can set up your spa with your own look. Choose from a variety of colors, and surround your spa with your favorite plants or tables… it’s all up to you! You can make your spa beautiful and functional in your outdoor living space, while using it all year.

    Say goodbye to aches and pains! Hot tubs are known to help relieve chronic aches and pains. With your own spa, you can have neck cushions that you would not typically find in your spa at the local gym or pool club. Take advantage of having your own hot tub and adjust the pressure of the jets as well as the temperature to help really loosen your muscles and prevent continuous pain in your body.

    Whether you’re using your spa quickly before you head to work or after a long workout, you can save those extra minutes of driving and enjoy a little bit more relaxation time – something everyone deserves. Take advantage of all the benefits hot tubs have to offer when it’s yours. Grab the towel and some music because serenity is right outside your back door!

     

  • Summer With Your Spa

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      Sweet summertime has finally arrived and pools are opening up, big time! However, don’t be so quick to close up that hot tub for a couple months. One big misconception that many have about their spa is that they can’t use it as much during the summer. By keeping your water and tub clean, and the temperature just right, your spa can actually be enjoyed in many ways all twelve months of the year!

     

    It’s Squeaky Clean: To get your spa ready for summer you should begin by cleaning the filter of your tub. This filter cleaner can be used to remove any of the scum, oils, or gunk from the cartridge of the filter. Be sure to continue cleaning your cartridge throughout the summer and rest of the year, by soaking your cartridge in the cleaner and water solution for about 24 hours. After that, rinse your cartridge and it will be ready to use.

     

    Test Away!: After cleaning your cartridge, be sure to use these testing strips to measure Chlorine, Bromine, Alkalinity, Total Hardness and pH levels. Measuring these levels will assure you that the chemicals in your water are safe for you to be exposed to and you can use your spa. If levels are uneven, be sure to contact a consultant at Spas and Stuff to help you add the proper amount of chemicals required.

     

    Keepin’ it Cool: Warm summer temperatures call for a nice cool down, so turning your spa’s temperature down to 85 degrees or even turning the heater off, allows you to have a nice, relaxing time. For the cooler summer nights, your spa’s regular temperature may be just right. To make sure the temperature is just the way you’d like it, you can help monitor it in your spa with this floating thermometer. If you have a pool, feel free to use this for your pool as well. The floating feature prevents this tool from being pushed around or to the bottom by the jets of your spa.

     

    Fit & Fun: Summer is a time where many like to get in shape and stay active. You may not consider your hot tub a place where you can exercise – but think again! With tight muscles, that warmer water will help to loosen you up and prep you for some minor exercises you can do in your spa. The jets of the spa will help your body to recover from workouts, by massaging the muscles and relieving you from tightness in your back and neck. In any temperature, you can stretch or do small leg exercises like calf raises to help strengthen those muscles. Small squats in your spa will also help to increase your temperature and weight loss.

     

    With these helpful tips your spa will be ready to use for those laid-back summer days with family, staying active or fun nights with friends. Please contact your local Spas and Stuff with any questions.

     

     

  • How to Buy a Hot Tub: Asking the Vital Questions

    2015-05-11_1350   You've made the decision to purchase a hot tub for your home, and it's an investment you'll undoubtedly enjoy for years to come! If you think the decision-making is done because you've opted to purchase a hot tub, think again. You still have a number of small, yet important, questions to answer before you install a new hot tub on your property (inside or out). Below is a rundown of the questions you should ask yourself as you contemplate your big purchase.

     

    Is This Safe for Me?

    Hot tubs are a great way to entertain your friends and family, as well as enjoy supreme relaxation after a rough day or week at work. However, hot tubs should be used with particular attention and care. The average temperature of the water ranges from 100 F to 102 F, with a maximum recommended temperature of 104 F. While it is good for relaxation and relief of sore muscles or joints, those with heart conditions or other medical issues should consult a doctor before using a hot tub. Keep this in mind as you think of all the potential users of your new hot tub!

     

    How are You Going to Use the Hot Tub?

    Obviously you are going to be using the tub for entertainment and relaxation, but what level of usage do you expect? Are you investing in this hot tub for use on a daily basis, or infrequently as you see fit? Is this more for entertaining or do you intend to use it heavily for hydrotherapy purposes? You'll want to research the energy use of a tub you'll use on a daily basis, as well as the standby power use of a model you will use infrequently.

    If you plan to simply entertain and add to the environment of your home with a hot tub, certain features (such as the number and type of jets) don't matter as much. However, a hydrotherapy tub should have lots of high-powered jets to cater to your needs.

     

    Where are You Installing the Tub?

    This is the biggest question you need to answer. Are you going to place your new hot tub indoors or outdoors? An outdoor hot tub needs to have good insulation so that it holds in the heat and saves you from constantly running the pumps and heaters to keep the water at the proper temperature. This is particularly important if you live in a cooler climate.

    If you are placing the tub indoors, you need to give careful consideration to where you install. The room you choose must be well ventilated to avoid rot, mold, and mildew buildup. The physical space should be well supported (if located on an upper level), and the location and voltage of outlets is also worthy of consideration. It is also a good idea to measure doorways and entry points to ensure you can get to the tub to its desired location.

     

    Buying a new hot tub for your home is like buying the home itself. You would never buy a home without stopping to consider whether or not it meets your needs. You should exercise the same caution and consideration when buying your next hot tub.

     

     

  • 4 Must-Have Spa Accessories

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    When you purchase a new spa for your home, you don't necessarily get all the accessories you would want to supremely enjoy your investment. Sure, your new spa comes with heaters and pumps required to provide you with warm, relaxing water, but there are multiple accessories available for purchases that enhance the joy of spa ownership. The question is; which accessories are the must-have extras that you should purchase?

     

    Spa Cover Lifts

    Now that you've purchased a new spa and had it installed on your patio, deck, or in the backyard, you want to protect your investment from the elements. Whether or not you live in an extreme environment like the desert of the Upper Midwest, there are always natural elements you want to keep out of your spa. A good (and included) cover will keep rain water out, making it easier to control the temperature, and also keep out dirt, dust, and debris that can clog your filters and potentially damage the pump.

    However, do you want to lift the cover off on your own every time? Spa cover lifts are an affordable solution that make it easy to place and remove the cover on your spa. Some are motorized, while others use leverage to make it easy for you to lift and remove the cover manually.

     

    Hybrid Tables and Stools

    If your spa is the centerpiece of a greater outdoor patio area, you'll want some high-quality pub tables and stools to provide the finishing touches to your environment. Hybrid tables are available in long, rectangular forms, pub-table designs, and half-circle tables. Constructed using Envirotech materials, these tables will not crack, fade, or deteriorate, which makes them a perfect addition to your outdoor entertaining area. Stools made with Envirotech materials are also available to match each table mentioned.

     

    Spa-Mount Tables

    There's nothing better than enjoying a nice cold beverage while you're relaxing in your spa. Whether you want to stay hydrated with cold water, sip a cold beer, or entertain friends with margaritas, spa-mount tables are available to help everyone enjoy a drink with ease. As the name suggests, these tables can be mounted to the side of your spa to create storage space where you and your guests can set drinks without worrying about holding them, or spilling them, in the spa.

     

    Spa Steps

    How do you plan to get in and out of your spa? There are a myriad of spa steps available to make it easier for you and your guests to get in and out of your spa. Rather than using cheap ladders or boxes from around the house as a makeshift step, you can purchase attractive, sturdy spa steps to make getting in and out a breeze.

    Select from a single step constructed out of Envirotech materials, a two-step model made of Redwood for a classic look, or even a half-moon design two-tier step for a unique look. There are plenty of options. Your creativity is the only limit when it comes to adding to your spa with unique steps.

     

    With these four accessories, your spa can be more than just a hot tub in your backyard. These accessories add to the value of your hot tub and help create an enjoyable environment that is perfect for entertaining.

     

    Browse our full selection of hot tub accessories at spasandstuff.com for even more outdoor entertaining options!

     

  • 5 Health Benefits of Using a Home Spa

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      You may think that installing a spa in your home is all about self-indulgence; a long soak in a steaming hot spa is one of the great pleasures in life. Even so, there is much more to a home spa than just soaking in the fun and indulging in the bubbles. Having a spa in your home and using it regularly can actually be good for your health!

    You may not be able to convince your doctor to write you a prescription for a home spa (let us know if you do!), but if you have been on the fence about getting one, these potential health benefits may give you the excuse you need.

     

    1. A Home Spa Can Provide Natural Pain Relief

    If you suffer from neck and back pain, you could take pain medications to get the relief you need. The problem with that approach is that even over-the-counter medications can have serious side effects, and regular use can make them less effective.

    When you invest in a home spa, you can enjoy natural pain relief any time you want. Just sink down into the relaxing warm water and let the jets do their magic. You will feel better, and your pain will soon be forgotten.

     

    2. A Home Spa Will Make Working Out More Comfortable

    A regular workout routine is a great way to get in shape and lose weight, but the pain that comes from sore muscles can be enough to deter even the most ardent gym rat. Those sore muscles can force you to skip the gym or even abandon your fitness plan altogether.

    A post-workout spa soak is the perfect way to soothe those aching muscles and prevent the cramping that can make exercise uncomfortable. The heat of a spa is perfect for relaxing and stretching your muscles, and that can make subsequent workouts more comfortable.

     

    3. A Home Spa Can Be Good for Your Heart

    Heart disease and stroke are serious problems in the modern world, and it is important to take care of your heart. Lowering your blood pressure is one of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease and stroke, and relaxing in a spa is the perfect way to reduce your blood pressure without prescription medications.

    There is nothing like relaxing in your home spa after a long and stressful day at work. Soon you will feel the cares of the day melting away in the warm water, and your heart will thank you for it.

     

    4. A Home Spa is a Great Way to Relax

    Regular relaxation is good for every aspect of your life. Staying relaxed will make it easier to get to sleep at night and wake refreshed, so why not enjoy a late-night soak in your home spa?

    Soaking in your spa is also good for your mood, reducing stress and helping you deal with a difficult day. Whether you enjoy your spa in the morning after your shower or after work, you will feel great and entirely relaxed.

     

    5. A Home Spa is Good for Your Skin

    If you need another reason so invest in a home spa, just take a look in the mirror. Regular spa use can make your skin look better and more toned, and the relaxation is good for your complexion as well.

    Instead of spending thousands of dollars on makeup and skin care products, just enjoy a relaxing soak in your home spa. Your skin will feel better - and so will you!

     

    Browse our selection of spas, here so you can start enjoying the health benefits today!

     

     

  • 5 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Spa

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    Installing a spa in your home or on your patio is a great way to indulge your senses, relax your mind and even improve your health. An outdoor spa is a big investment, but it is well worth the cost, especially if you know what to look for. Here are five things you need to look for when you go spa shopping.

    #1. Quality Materials When you buy a spa, you are making an investment in something that will provide years of relaxation and fun. When you shop for an outdoor spa, you will need to look carefully at the materials and make sure they are of the highest quality.

    Outdoor spas in particular need to be able to stand up to the elements. From the harshest sun to the coldest ice, your spa will need to withstand everything nature can throw at it.

    #2. Installation Surface When the time comes to install your new spa, you must keep in mind that you will need a firm level surface for the hot tub. Many believe this means that you will have to mix and then pour a concrete base, but this is not always the case!

    There are a few alternatives to pouring concrete in the location of the hot tub. For instance, well-laid pavers could get the job done. You’ll want to make sure that the surface is even before they are installed to avoid shifting when the hot tub is installed. Another alternative is this portable plastic pad system. This system has been around for years, and is a quick and reliable alternative to concrete, or even pavers!

    #3. Great Customer Service Great customer service is always important, but it is even more essential when making a major purchase like an outdoor spa. You will want to work with a company that has a stellar reputation for quality customer service and a commitment to quality. Spas and Stuff has been a BBB accredited business since 2007 and has an A+ rating!

    A company that provides top notch service and shows a willingness to answer your questions is likely to be there for you if something goes wrong. The right service can make a huge difference when buying and using your outdoor spa, and you do not want to skimp in this vital area.

    #4. Energy Efficiency You will need energy to power your outdoor spa, but that does not mean it has to break the bank. Some spas are more energy-efficient than others, and choosing an efficient unit will keep your power bill under control while you enjoy your daily soak.

    Choosing an energy-efficient outdoor spa will also mean you can use it more often. You will be able to relax and enjoy your spa without worrying that it is costing you too much money.

    #5. Creature Comforts While the spa itself is the most important part of the picture, a few creature comforts can make the experience that much better. If you want to enjoy a glass of wine while soaking in your spa and watching the stars, a built-in tray table or bottle holder will be well worth your while. A quality step will make getting into and out of your spa a lot easier, while a stereo hookup and lights will delight your eyes and ears while you relax.

    Modern spas come loaded with creature comforts, so you should not have much trouble finding the right combination of extras. Before you know it, you will be relaxing in your outdoor spa and soothing away the cares of the day!

    Spasandstuff.com has a wide selection of spas available for sale. Browse our selection to find one that’s right for you!

     

     

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