How to Clean a Leather Hot Tub Cover
Whether you have a hot tub cover made of leather or another type of material, maintaining it properly is essential to prolong its lifespan and prevent future issues. To keep it clean and free of mold, it is recommended to clean the cover at least every two months with a cleaning solution and water.
Examine your hot tub cover for tears, cuts, holes or pokes
To ensure that your hot tub cover will last for years to come, look for tears, cuts, and holes. These can affect the water chemistry and overwork the filter. Repairing these problems will restore the cover’s functionality and structure. Some holes are as small as a pin prick, but larger ones may have penetrated the insulating foam underneath. Depending on the size and location of the hole, you may have to purchase additional materials.
If you notice any tears or holes in your cover, the water may leak through. In order to repair these issues, you may need to remove the entire cover and replace it. If a hole or cut has caused water to seep through, you can use a 10% bleach solution to treat the area to prevent mildew from growing.
Remove tree sap from a leather hot tub cover
If tree sap is stuck to your leather hot tub cover, you have two options: wash it in the washing machine or apply a gentle soap and water solution. You can also use a garden hose with moderate water pressure. To remove stubborn stains, you can also use a mild vinegar or all-purpose cleaner. You should avoid using harsh cleaners because they may remove the topcoat. In addition, you can use a soft bristle brush to scrub away stubborn dirt. Using a non-abrasive sponge will also help you remove the sap. Lastly, you can wipe off sticky saps using hand sanitizer or isopropyl alcohol.
Alternatively, you can rub the tree sap away using olive oil or margarine. Make sure to avoid using your fingernails to rub the area. However, it is best to avoid using abrasive cloths as these may damage the leather.
Leather covers are delicate, and drying them is essential to prevent damage. To dry the cover, remove any excess water from the cover and place it under the sun. You can also take out the inner pieces of the cover to allow the entire cover to dry completely. It is also recommended that you inspect the cover regularly to make sure it is in good condition. Look for air bubbles, cracks and other problems that can affect the cover.
Ensure that the foam is the same thickness and size as the original one. It should also be made of a material suitable for hot tubs. Generally, Styrofoam is the best material to use. Be careful not to buy cheap foam inserts, as most companies would rather sell you the entire cover than take it back to the manufacturer.
Store it in a cool, dry place
If you are concerned about the re-saintability of your leather hot tub cover, you should clean it regularly. You can also spray it with a UV vinyl protection spray to protect it from the sun’s rays. This will also help it from drying out and cracking. In addition, you should inspect the cover regularly to look for small rips. These can expose the inner foam, which can soak up rainwater and become water-logged. If water remains inside the cover, bacteria can grow.
First, check the foam core for signs of mould or mildew. If there is any, you should clean it with a weak bleach solution to remove it. It should be applied to the cover with a soft brush. Once you have done this, dry it with a clean towel or air-dry it.
Inspect it for UV damage
Before using your hot tub, you should inspect the leather hot tub cover for damage caused by ultraviolet rays. These rays can cause discoloration and cracking of the cover. If you notice any damage, repair it right away with tape. Otherwise, the cover may be vulnerable to mold and mildew.
Regular inspection is the best way to protect your cover from damage. If you notice any tears or wear in the leather, you can easily repair them with a repair kit. Otherwise, you should use a UV-protecting spray to protect your cover from the sun’s UV rays.