General Care & Maintenance of Your Whirlpool Bathtub Components

REV F 10/14/2016

Your new whirlpool bath was designed and manufactured to give you years of trouble-free relaxation and enjoyment when operated and maintained properly. Regular care of your bathtub’s components will keep it clean and working at its best. This care should include all visible parts including but not limited to trims, all jet faceplates, safety suctions, manual controls, electronic keypads and pillows.

Caution: Use the recommended cleaning procedure as described.

Use of other cleaning materials or methods may damage the components and will void your warranty..

For NuWhirl Components Only

These instructions apply only for components supplied by NuWhirl Systems.

Use and follow these instructions along with all instructions that have been provided.

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Because of the detrimental effects that mineral deposits and soap scum have on finished surfaces, it is important to clean the bathtub components on a regular basis. The best way to counteract the soiling or corrosive action of these residues is to prevent standing water from remaining on any finished surface.

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Follow the cleaning procedure in this section for the following parts: Trims, Jet Faceplates, Safety Suctions, Manual Controls, Diverter Valves, Grab Bars, Drains.
For regular cleaning of these parts, proceed as follows:

  1. After each bathtub use, rinse all exposed surfaces of the tub with clear warm water, then wipe off all standing water until completely dry.
  2. Once a week, clean all exposed surfaces and components of the bathtub with a liquid-type (nonabrasive) detergent with a soft sponge or cloth and warm water. Check for stubborn spots. Oily or greasy spots can be lifted with denatured alcohol. Rinse and dry as in Step 1. Note: The use of Epsom salts or bath oils should be minimal and immediately rinsed thoroughly after application. Oils can leave a residue on fittings, plumbing and tub walls if used in excess or not cleaned thoroughly after each use.
  3. Once per month, the pump circulation system will need to be purged and sanitized. Fill the bathtub with hot water (up to 120° F) to just above the highest jet. Add 4 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of a low-foaming disinfectant (such as powdered dishwasher detergent) to the water. Run the whirlpool system for at least 15 minutes to allow for the cleaning to occur. Leave all air injectors and blowers powered off. Stop the system and drain the tub. Refill the bathtub with warm water only and run for an additional 10 minutes to rinse the plumbing. Rinse the external component surfaces and dry as in Step 1.
Warning: Do not operate the whirlpool system with any parts or fittings removed.

Operating without a safety suction cover increases risk of drowning.

Caution: Clean trims only as instructed.

Under no circumstances should wire brushes, metal sponges, knives, steel wool or scouring pads be used on any part of the bathtub or bathtub components, nor solvents that contain petroleum distillates such as acetone, paint thinner, benzene or abrasive cleanser, nor ammonia-based or chlorine-based cleansing agents on any plated surface except as expressed in these instructions. These will damage the finish or surface, thereby voiding the warranty on the tub component.

Note: Do not allow components to have direct excessive exposure to sunlight or fading could occur.

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  1. After each bathtub use, remove and wipe the pillow and suction cups until completely dry.
  2. Once a week, clean surface with (nonabrasive) dishwashing detergent and a soft sponge or cloth and warm water. Rinse and dry as in Step 1.
Caution: Hand wash only.

Do not attempt to clean bathtub pillows in a dishwasher or machine washer.

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  1. After each tub use, wipe the keypad control area, remote control holster and trim rings until completely dry.
  2. Once a week, use a lightly dampened lint-free disinfectant wipe to wipe away dirt from the surface and to sanitize the keypad and remote. Clean all trim ring surfaces and holster with a liquid-type (nonabrasive) detergent and a soft sponge or cloth and warm water. Oily or greasy spots can be lifted with denatured alcohol. Rinse and dry as in Step 1.

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The internal components of your whirlpool bathtub do not require any routine maintenance on your part. There are no user serviceable parts in the system. A qualified service technician, following all applicable local and national codes, must perform all service, repairs, and electrical wiring.

Other than the monthly purge cycle, no other maintenance is required for the pump or the motor powering it. The motor is lubricated for life. The shaft seal in the pump is water lubricated and self-adjusting.

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