Lay-Z-Spa Chemicals For Beginners

Hot tub chemicals might sound complicated. But, in reality, getting the chemical balance right in your hot tub, and then maintaining it, really isn't as daunting a task as many assume. If this is all new to you, our Lay-Z-Spa Chemical Maintenance Guide is the perfect place to get started after you've finished reading this article.

You might be wondering what chemicals you need for a Lay-Z-Spa. In reality, there are only 2 or 3 essential chemicals needed for a hot tub. These are explained below. Any others will be to help with clarity and cleaning.

Do I Need To Put Chemicals In My Lay-Z-Spa?

The short answer is yes. Chemicals treat and disinfect the water removing any potentially harmful contaminants. Without chemicals, the heat, changing temperatures and contaminants introduced by the bathers creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and algae too. So, we do recommend using hot tub chemicals in a Lay-Z-Spa for your own safety and to keep the water in the best condition.

Starter Kit For Beginners

If you are new to chemicals and water treatment, we strongly recommend the Clearwater® Hot Tub Starter Kit. This is a starter pack of chemicals for beginners with everything you need to get going. It contains slightly smaller quantities but allows you to get used to managing the chemistry of your water. And, in some cases, you’ll find these smaller bottles will actually last you a long time once you have perfected your balanced water.   

What Are Essential Hot Tub Chemicals For Beginners?

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Below are the 3 essential hot tub chemicals you need to treat and balance the chemistry of the water in your Lay-Z-Spa. Test strips indicate the levels of chlorine, pH and Alkalinity, so these are your 3 go-to essentials.

Chlorine: Chlorine is a disinfectant and sanitiser that kills bacteria and organisms in the water. It comes in various forms for hot tubs, including tablets and granules. For ongoing water treatment, you can add chlorine tablets to your Lay-Z-Spa using a floating dispenser, or the ChemConnect dispenser, or add dissolved chlorine granules directly into the water. You will need the granules when you shock dose your Lay-Z-Spa. It's important to maintain a proper chlorine level of 3-5 ppm (parts per million) in your hot tub.

pH balancers: The pH level of your hot tub water is important for both the effectiveness of the chlorine and the comfort of the users. The ideal pH level is between 7.2 and 7.6. You can use pH balancers, such as pH Plus and pH Minus, to adjust the pH level.

Alkalinity balancer: Alkalinity is a measure of the water's ability to resist changes in pH. It's important to maintain the alkalinity level between 80-120 ppm. You can use an alkalinity increaser or decreaser to adjust the level.

Getting Started With Hot Tub Chemicals

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Our in-depth hot tub chemical guide breaks down the different chemicals with dosage recommendations, routines and troubleshooting.