Information for Managers of Hotels, Motels, B&B’s, Health and Residential Care Facilities, Therapeutic Services, Adult Services and Households
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.