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The Need to Clean Spa Baths
- Spa Baths circulate water through pipes with the assistance of a pump and a booster heater.
- Spa Baths, unlike pools or spas do not have a filter system so any dirt that is not drained out remains within the piping network.
- Body fats, together with soap residue and other products such as aromatherapy oils become deposited on the insides of the piping system which blocks off the supply of water to the outlets and are also a hygiene problem.
- Apart from the grease from previous users, this debris is also a harbourage for the survival of bacteria such as Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus, which can be associated with ear, eye, hair follicle and wound infections
- Circulating the water by itself does not usually remove this material, a degreasing solution must be used to remove these fats and oils.
- There are commercially formulated degreasing solutions specifically manufactured for use in spa baths
- When circulated according to manufacturer’s directions, these should remove all fats and debris that are adhered to the piping and deposit the debris in the bath to be drained away.
- This debris is normally brown in colour, and you may be surprised when you use a spa cleaner at the amount of debris which can accumulate in the piping system.
- Choose a degreaser that also has a sanitising action so that the pipes remain hygienically clean until the bath is user again.
- Degrease your spa bath regularly so that your clients or family can be assured that their use of the spa bath is an enjoyable and hygienic experience
Installation of your spa bath:
Spa baths should be installed according to Aust. Standard As 3861 so that the water drains from the pump when released from the bath. This will minimise the amount of stagnant water left in the system that may support microbial growth. A degreaser is still required even if the spa is self-draining.
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As the world embraces Elon Musk’s ground breaking lithium powered Tesla batteries and electric hybrid cars, de-bate is raging about whether there is enough of this natural resource in current reserves and resources to meet future demand.
In fact, with an estimated production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla says it alone will require “today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries”.
With everything from cars to smartphones, laptops and power tools reliant on lithium to operate, the increasing demand for the lightest metal on the periodic table is already having an impact on Australia’s spa market.
“We are already seeing a global shortage of lithium hypochlorite, the most common sanitiser used today in spas,” says Waterco’s National Key Accounts Manager, Gary Beecroft. “The shortage is caused mainly by the increase in the demand of lithium hydroxide/carbonate for batteries.”
This shortage has essentially stopped the supply of lithium hypochlorite to the spa market, leaving spa owners with limited options to maintain the health and clarity of spa water.
“Poppits is one of the few products that have already been designed to sanitise spas using hydrogen peroxide to oxidise the bacteria and organic materials in the water,” Gary explains. “However, unlike traditional lithium hypo-chlorite spa sanitisers, Poppits does not contain chlorine or bromine, which is ideal for asthmatics and people with sensitive skin.”
Free of harsh chemicals and chemical by-products Poppits is the latest ultimate water management system for spa and pool sanitisation. Developed by Waterco, this system uses advanced oxidisation to purify spa and pool water. Advanced oxidisation essentially raises the levels of active oxygen in the water, resulting in the removal of bacterial threats. “Endorsed by the National Asthma Council Australia, and the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ as the ‘Sensitive Choice’ in pool and spa sanitisation, Poppits spa care range is specially formulated to be gentle on skin, kind to asthmatics, and good for the environment,” says Gary.