Water Care Instructions

Enjoy your spa with a 10-minute per week water care plan.

Getting Started (For information on the The ACE® Salt Water Sanitizing System, click here)

Before filling your spa, you need to know the chemical makeup of the “source water,” or the water you’re using to fill your spa. To do this simply take a sample of the water to our location for testing:

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Test results will identify what levels of metals and minerals exist in the water and determine if any adjustments are needed to properly adjust your source water once the spa is initially filled.

It’s important to realize that spa water is different from pool water. In a spa, the water is heated to between 98-104 degrees F, a temperature much warmer and more turbulent than pool water and therefore, needs to be treated differently than pool water.

We have products that are specifically formulated for spas/hot tubs and need to be used to avoid common hot water problems arising from residual soaps, deodorants, perfumes, natural body oils and other cosmetics.

Now begin your spa/hot tub experience by filling your spa.

Filling Your Spa

1. If you have an acrylic or fiberglass spa, it is best to protect the finish with Fast Gloss before adding any water. This will help reduce fading from UV rays or any reactions on the spa surface from chemicals

2. Fill your spa to the center of the skimmer or the middle of the tile line. If you’re using a garden hose to fill the spa, remember to run water for several minutes to flush out any bacteria that might have accumulated in the residual water of the hose before putting it in the spa.

3. As you fill the spa, add one bottle of Metal Gon, a sequestering agent. to prevent minerals such as calcium, iron, copper and manganese from staining the spa surface or damaging the heater and plumbing.

(Proper treatment when first filling your spa will not only prevent later problems and spa down time, but will reduce the time and expense required to fix problems.)

Balancing the Water

Before filling your spa or hot tub, you should have had your source water tested. It’s also important to test your water regularly using test strips or a liquid test kit. By keeping your spa water balanced, you will avoid many problems that occur with spa water. The three most important factors in balancing spa water are pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness.


It is critical that the pH of your spa water stay within the recommended range of 7.2-7.8. Any fluctuations above or below this range can cause spa water to be corrosive or scale forming. pH is easily adjusted by using pH Up or pH Down products.

Total Alkalinity

Total alkalinity acts as a buffer preventing the pH levels from changing as additional chemicals or other substances are added to the water. Any fluctuation above or below the recommended range of 80-120 ppm causes the pH to be unstable causing corrosion, cloudy water or scaling. When the total alkalinity needs adjusting, use either the granular or liquid Spa Up or Spa Down or use Alkalinity Increaser.

Calcium Hardness

Spa water requires some calcium to be present. The recommended range for calcium is between 150-400 ppm. Calcium levels outside of this range can cause scale buildup, foaming, or corrosion to equipment and plumbing. To raise the calcium level, use Calcium Booster. However, the only way to lower the calcium level is to drain part of the water and refill with soft water. Using a sequestering agent such as Defender will prevent calcium and scale formations by chemically bonding with the calcium to keep it in solution.

Once you’ve determined the readings for pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness, you need to adjust your water so that the levels fall within the normal ranges. Testing your spa water regularly will make you aware of any fluctuations in water balance. If your spa water does not fall within the recommended ranges and remains unbalanced, problems such as cloudy water, scaling, equipment corrosion, and skin irritation can occur.

Adding A Sanitizer

Using an effective sanitizer to control and prevent bacteria growth is an important part of any spa water maintenance program. No matter which sanitizing system you use, spa water must contain a proper level of bromine or chlorine to keep the water safe and sanitary. We have chlorine and bromine-based sanitizers, a chlorine and bromine-free sanitizing system and a natural mineral purification system.

Chlorine Sanitizing

The most commonly recognized sanitizer is chlorine. However, the effectiveness of chlorine depends heavily on the pH level of the spa water. In order to get the most effective and economical benefit of chlorine, the pH range of 7.2-7.8 is recommended. The best form of chlorine for spa use is Spa 56 Chlorinating Granules, a fast dissolving granular that is virtually neutral in pH and therefore doesn’t upset the water balance. A downside to using chlorine is that when chlorine combines with bather waste and other contaminants in the water, not only does it lose its sanitizing ability, it can cause odors, eye burn and skin irritation.

Bromine Sanitizing

Sanitizing with bromine has become increasingly popular. Whereas chlorine can sometimes cause offensive odors and skin irritation bromine is much less likely to do so. Additionally, unlike chlorine, when bromine combines with bather waste and other contaminants in the water, it remains a very effective sanitizer. Bromine is also far less pH-dependent than chlorine. Ask us about your bromine solutions.

Reserve & Renew Sanitizing System

This is a two-part bromine sanitizing system that eliminates the need for float, a brominator, or the handling of dry chlorine. Reserve, a bromide salt, remains neutral in the spa water until Renew, a non-chlorine shocking agent, is added. The two products react to form bromine. With proper maintenance and regular additions of Renew to the water, spa care has never been easier.


Shocking is also referred to as oxidation and is the process of removing organic materials such as body oils, cosmetics and lotions from the water. If these materials build up, spa water can become cloudy or hazy. Using a shocking agents will oxidize the materials that may cause foul odors, eye or skin irritation, or dull, cloudy water.

No matter which sanitizing system you choose, it will be necessary to “shock” your spa on a routine basis. It is recommended to shock your spa water after each use or at least once each week. whichever is more frequent. This will increase the effectiveness of your sanitizer.



1. Polish the entire spa surface
with Fast Gloss prior to filling.

2.Add Metal Gon during the fill

3. Balance water according to
your Leisure Time dealer’s
instructions, or if you use Spa &
Hot Tub Test Strips to test water,
plug in the results using the
online water analysis at
LeisureTimeSpa.com for
corrective action.

4. By adding pH Balance Plus* at
this time, you will reduce the
need to adjust your pH for up to
three months.

5. Add any Leisure Time sanitizer.**

6. Test water using Spa & Hot Tub
Test Strips to make sure water is
still balanced.

7. Shock with Renew or Renew
Tabs. Skip this step if using
Reserve & Renew sanitizing


Always allow product to circulate in water for one minute with jets on prior to adding another product. Circulate water for 10 minutes after all products are added.

1. Test water using Spa & Hot Tub
Test Strips from Leisure Time.
Adjust as needed.

2. Add Bright & Clear according to
label directions.

3. Add Defender according to label
4. Add Enzyme according to label

5. Add Renew or Renew Tabs to
shock water according to label

After Each Use

Shocking with Renew or Renew Tabs after each use is suggested. Shocking with Renew or Renew Tabs is required if using the Reserve & Renew® System.

It’s important to keep water clean and clear, but it’s also important to make sure that you maintain spa equipment on a regular basis as well. Maintaining spa equipment such as filters and spa surfaces is key to extending the life of your spa.

Monthly Cleaning

1. Remove the spa filter and clean
using Instant Cartridge Clean.

2. Spa cover should be cleaned
using either Cover Wipes or Cover
Care & Conditioner.

3 Month Cleaning

1. Add Jet Clean according to
label directions. (Remember to
remove filter prior to use.)

2. Drain your spa.
3. Clean the shell of the spa with
CitraBright and wipe down.

4. Apply Fast Gloss to spa surface
to protect, seal and keep the spa
finish from fading.

5. Deep clean filter with Filter Clean.

6. Follow Start-Up procedure
including having your source
water tested professionally.

7. Replace your Spa Mineral Purifier.

8. Clean your spa cover with

9. Cover Wipes or Cover Care &

( The filter cycle should be run a minimum of 6-8 hours per day. To ensure water quality and keep the water easy to balance, it is recommended that you drain your spa water at least every three months or more often if the spa is used frequently.)

(This program is intended for a residential spa with average use. It is not designed for public, commercial or semi-public spas. If your spa is used more than 3 times per week, you should check and make chemical additions more often than suggested)