How To Clean A Jetted Tub?

After a busy day, every human being wants to come home and relax. And a great way to let go off all our worries is to take a warm bath in your tub. Imagine, one day, after battling the sick traffic, you finally reach home.

All you want at that moment is a good warm bath to take off all the tiredness of the day. You go to your bathroom, instinctively get into the tub and close your eyes as you turn on the water. Slowly it begins to fill. As you try to relax, you smell a strange scent, that is not very pleasant.

Instead of feeling calm, you feel uncomfortable. You open your eyes and what you see makes your stomach growl. The water looks slimy and dirty and the color of the bubble is not snow white, but gray like smoke. You get up and wonder what’s wrong and then you figure out; your tub is jetted.

Although you take a quick shower to wash up the slimy residue of unknown bacteria and mold, you realize it is imperative that you clean that tub as soon as possible. And don’t worry, this article will help you do just that.

After following the instructions given here, your jetted tub will be as good as new. So let's have a look at how you can clean up the mess quickly.

Water Jets vs. Air Jets

Before trying to clean your tub, you need to check whether it uses the whirlpool mechanism (water jet) or the air jet mechanism. Although at first glance, the two might appear to have no notable differences, the jets operate using two opposite mechanisms.

The water jet uses a whirlpool of water while an air jet uses air to create messaging bubbles. The whirlpool of water relaxes you through hydrotherapy. Meanwhile, the air jet cools you out simply by using air bubbles.

Both the jets are quite easy to clean but have some basic differences in the cleaning methods. Let’s have a look at it below:

Cleaning Water Jets

These are a few methods by which you can clean water jets:

Method 1: Using Dish washing Gel Or Powder

This is hands down one of the easiest method as the items needed for cleaning in this method is something that you have already in your home.

Step 1

For this method to work, you first need to turn on the water tap of the tub and fill it with warm water. Make sure that the water doesn’t feel the entire tub but only about 2-3 inches of it.

Step 2

Grab a low foaming dish washing powder or gel from your kitchen. Take two tablespoons and add it to the water. Give it some time to mix with the warm water.

Step 3

After sufficient lather has been formed, turn on the jets for 15 minutes. The water must be hot.

Step 4

Now, empty the tub and refill it again with cold water. Let the water settle in for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Finally, rinse the tub clean with a brush or a cloth. If you want to clean the nooks and corners of the tub that the detergent can’t reach, you can use dental floss.

Method 2: Using Bleach Or Vinegar

Method 2 being the most convenient of them all as it gets the work done faster. Let’s jump into the details then. 

Step 1

Again, you need to fill the tub with warm water as before.

Step 2

Mix 2 tablespoons of dishwasher gel or powder half a cup of bleach. However, bleach is a very powerful discoloring agent. So if you don’t want your tub to look old and pale, you can add half a cup of vinegar instead.

Step 3

Mix the disinfectant properly with the water. Then turn on the warm water jets for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Empty the tub and then refill it again. But this time do it with cold water. Let the cold water settle for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Finally, empty the tub and rinse it dry.

Cleaning Air Jets

The following methods are used to clean air jets:

Method 1: Using Dish washing Cleanser And Bleaching Powder

Quick and convenient, this hands down is the easiest method to clean those air jets. Follow the steps below to learn everything.

Step 1

Firstly, you will have to fill the tub with water. Make sure that the water level does not get above 5 inches.

Step 2

In the next step, grab the dishwashing liquid from your kitchen and take two teaspoons of it.

Step 3

Mix the dishwashing liquid with ½ a cup of bleaching powder to prepare a disinfectant solution. You can use vinegar too if you want to be environment-friendly.

Step 4

This step is different from the steps you followed while cleaning up the tubs with water jets. Instead of mixing the solution by yourself, turn on the air blower to let it mix with the warm water properly.

Step 5

Now, you need to turn off the air blower and relax for about two hours or so. What this step will do is that it will allow the solution to properly dissolve in the water and do the best work.

Step 6

Finally, after a long wait of 2 hours, you will have to turn on the air blowers again for 5-6 minutes. And the cleaning process will almost be complete.

Step 7

Finally, drain the tub empty. This time, you don’t have to rinse it yourself as the mechanism of air jets allow it to dry the tub itself by using air as a propellant.

Method 2:  Using Biofilm Cleaner

In case the above-mentioned methods don't work, it is most likely that biofilm has formed in your jet. It means that the accumulation of dirt, slimy grease, and bacteria in your tub went on for so long that a complex mass was formed.

No household cleaner will work with such a complex mass of dirt, so you need to get to your nearest shop to grab a biofilm cleaner to get rid of this mess.

Step 1

Fill the tub with warm water.

Step 2

Now turn the jets on.

Step 3

Read the instructions mentioned on the bottle of the biofilm cleaner properly. Follow the instructions to avoid any mistakes. Usually, the instruction will tell you the right amount of the cleaning agent you need to mix with the water.

Step 4

Dilute the cleaner with the water and turn on the water jets. Let the jets run for about an hour or so to let the cleaning agent fight all the dirt and biomass away.

Step 5

Lastly, empty the tub as the final step. Then fill it again with cold water and let the jets run for another 5 minutes. Finally, empty it again and let the tub dry.

However, before going for the cleanup project, don't forget to check the instruction manual that comes with the tub. Because, the cleaning methods might differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.


A jetted tub can be quite troublesome. But after reading this article, hopefully, you will be able to get rid of it quickly by following these quick steps. So next time you face this problem, just refer to this article and you’ll breeze through the entire ordeal.

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