Considering a whirlpool bath? Find out everything you need to know about whirlpool baths in our handy buyer’s guide, from how they work to top cleaning tips and more. A whirlpool bath provides a relaxing spa-like experience, allowing you to relax and unwind after a long day.
How are whirlpool baths made?
The majority of acrylic baths can have a whirlpool system fitted. The pipework for the whirlpool is fitted to the bath at the end of the production line, or in a specific whirlpool facility. The whirlpool motor is operated with a pneumatic push button, and it requires an electrical supply of 240V, 13 amp, live, neutral and earth (there is an additional earth point located on the side of the pump).
How does a whirlpool bath work?
Whirlpool baths are operated by a combination of air and water being circulated through an integral pump. The water is sucked from the bath through a specially designed outlet, it then enters the pump where it is mixed with air. The pump then sends out this mix of water and air around the whirlpool pipes, and it is then forced out of the jets that are fitted to the bath. The whirlpool jets can usually be turned on and off individually, and the force of the water jets can be adjusted by using the control buttons on the edge of the bath.
What’s the difference between a whirlpool bath and an airpool bath?
Whirlpool baths and airpool baths differ mainly in the way the water movement is created. A whirlpool bath circulates pumped bath water that’s mixed with air into the bath through adjustable jets to create the whirlpool effect. Airpool baths pump air into the bath through small holes causing an airspa effect with bubbles rising through the bath to create a relaxing bathing experience.
How to clean a whirlpool bath
Whirlpool baths should be cleaned immediately after use, preferably whilst the water is draining and still warm. A film of insoluble soap products and grime can form on the side of the bath, which is easily removed at this stage. In hard water areas insoluble lime salts are deposited below the water line and under leaking taps. If this is left to build-up it becomes difficult to remove and looks unsightly. So, make sure to clean straight away. Use hot soapy water and a cloth to clean the bath, but make sure to avoid abrasive cleaners on chrome plated fittings, such as whirlpool jets.
It’s not just the bath itself you need to keep clean, the jets and the interior plumbing system will also need to be cleaned – if not, all kinds of bits and specks will come floating to the surface. The jets and pipes behind the whirlpool bath can quickly become contaminated with all sorts of bacteria, and mould and mildew can build-up.
How often you need to clean the whirlpool jets depends on how often you use your bath. If used everyday you’ll need to clean it once a month, and for those who use it occasionally you can get away with cleaning it once every 3-4 months.
Follow these simple steps on how to clean a whirlpool bath:
- Drain the bath after use and put the plug in.
- Pour a quarter of a cup of dishwasher detergent into the whirlpool bath or drop in two dishwasher detergent tablets.
- Pour an optional half a cup of bleach into the bath for added disinfecting.
- Turn on the bath taps and fill the tub with hot water. Stop when all whirlpool jets are under the water line.
- Switch on the whirlpool jets and run them for 10 minutes, and then drain the bath.
- Wipe down the bath and all the nozzles using a soft cloth.
- Fill the whirlpool bath again with hot water only, run for 10 more minutes and drain.
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