How To Clean A Home Foot Spa

To prevent the risk of infection you should clean your foot spa after every use. It sounds like a simple task, cleaning the foot spa, but it needs to be done in the correct way. That’s why we’ve put together this easy to follow step by step guide. So without further ado,let’s get into cleaning the foot spa.

How To Hygienically Clean A Home Foot Spa

How To Hygienically Clean A Home Foot Spa

To clean a foot spa hygienically and to remove all threat of infection you will need:

Detergent, brush, disinfectant, and clean water

Here’s our 12 step guide on how to clean a foot spa:

  1. Empty the foot spa after use
    Be sure to remove all water and any dirt or debris.
  2. Disassemble Any detachable parts from the foot spa
    Remove any inlet filters, filter screen, drain plug, and any other parts that can be removed.
  3. Remove any debris that was lurking under the parts you just removed
    Using a damp cloth, remove any dirt, skin or any other debris from the areas where you just removed the drain plug filter screen etc.
  4. Clean all of the parts you have removed
    Using a brush, warm water and detergent, scrub each part, and then rinse off in clean water. Then reattach all of the now cleaned parts back onto the foot spa.
  5. Fill the foot spa with clean water
    Fill to just below the full marker with clean water and add detergent.
  6. Turn the foot spa on
    Run the foot spa for 10 to 15 minutes allowing enough time for the detergent to really get into every part of the foot spa. Don’t use any heat control you may have on your foot spa, this process should be done using cold water.
  7. Drain the foot spa
    Remove the detergent/water and any debris from the foot spa.
  8. Rinse The Foot spa with clean water
    To remove all traces of detergent and any dirt or debris rinse with clean water until all traces of the detergent are removed. 
  9. Refill the foot spa with clean water
    Fill the foot spa with clean, cold water  to just below the full marker. Add disinfectant and turn on the foot spa again. Let it run for at least 10 minutes.
  10. Clean the outside with disinfectant
    Pour some disinfectant onto a soft cloth, and wipe the outside of the foot spa thoroughly.
  11. Drain the disinfectant/water from the foot spa
    Completely empty the foot spa and rinse using clean water. To rinse thoroughly you will need to run the foot spa 4 or 5 times using clean water each time. Run each fill for 2 to 4 minutes. It is essential to remove all traces of the disinfectant because disinfectant can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
  12. Dry the foot spa
    Before packing the foot spa away, it should be dried completely to prevent any mould or mildew forming. Air dry the foot spa (this can take some time depending on climatic conditions and room temperature).

How To Clean A Foot Spa From Hard Water

Hard water, which is common in most UK homes, can leave mineral deposits and stains in your foot spa, affecting its cleanliness and performance. To clean your foot spa from hard water buildup, follow this process:

  • Empty the foot spa and remove any debris
  • Create a solution with equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water.
  • Gently scrub the foot spa’s surfaces with this solution.
  • Use a paste of baking soda and water to tackle stubborn mineral deposits.
  • Clean removable accessories separately by soaking them in the distilled white vinegar and warm water solution.

After you’ve finished cleaning the foot spa, rinse it and the accessories thoroughly with clean water. Then dry the surfaces completely to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Things To Consider When Cleaning A Home Foot Spa 

Here are a few points to bear in mind when using and cleaning your foot spa.

Drying The Foot Spa After Use

It is vital to dry your foot spa before packing it away, to prevent any mould or mildew or any other fungal or bacterial growth from forming. If conditions aren’t favourable for air drying, dry your foot spa using a blower.

Use The Correct Disinfectant

The disinfectant you use on your foot spa should be industrial or hospital strength disinfectant. This is easy to obtain and many decent hardware stores stock this strength disinfectant in store and online. The domestic disinfectants are generally not strong enough to clean foot spas adequately.

Always Clean The Foot Spa As Soon As You Finish Using It

Draining then leaving the foot spa to be cleaned at a later date is a  recipe for disaster. Not just from the potential health risks, but you run the risk of damaging the foot spa. If you use essential oils, baking powder or epsom salts in your foot spa these will solidify as they dry, this can cause blockages and in extreme cases can break the foot spa.

How To Make It Easier Rinsing The Foot Spa

To remove all of the disinfectant use hot water in the foot spa when rinsing. Take care not to use water that is too hot but, hot water will clean better than cold water.

Quick Cleaning Of The Foot Spa

If you and your partner both use the foot spa, to speed up the cleaning process, follow the above guide, but omit removing any internal parts and just clean using disinfectant.

Check The Foot Spa Handbook

Before commencing any cleaning regime consult your handbook for any specific instructions. Also check to see if it is ok to use essential oils and/or Epsom salts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should a foot spa be cleaned?

Ideally a foot spa should be cleaned after every use. Check the manufacturers handbook that came with your foot spa, but if you can’t clean your foot spa after each use, then it should be cleaned at least once a week.

How do I sanitize my foot bath?

You can sanitize your foot bath using disinfectant. Fill the spa to the full line, add disinfectant and run for 10 minutes. Rinse with clean, hot water.

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