hot tub etiquette

Hot Tub Etiquette

As an owner of a hot tub, you’re allowed to set your own rules when it comes to who goes in and what they’re allowed to do. For those of us that are only enjoying another’s well-maintained hot tub, there are basic hot tub etiquette guidelines that we can all follow. Whether you’re with friends or family, these are the general rules that will keep you on the hot tub owner’s good side, along with everyone else who’s enjoying the tub.

First, Apparel.

Bring a Suit:

When it comes to enjoying someone else’s hot tub, bring a bathing suit. Make sure your bathing suit is washed and rinsed well. Laundry detergents can mix with hot tub water and cause foam to raise to the top of the tub. Avoid that by having your suit rinsed thoroughly with water before taking a dip.

Bring a Towel:

While it is proper for your host to provide a towel for you, it should not be assumed that they will. Bring a towel for yourself as a gesture of thoughtfulness. As well, make sure to take it home with you when you leave. Your host probably doesn’t want your wet towel laying around their house.

Second, Cleanliness

It’s a good idea to arrive clean for a dip in the hot tub. A hot tub is a time to relax, enjoy others company, and relieve stress. Make sure to shower before coming over to anyone’s hot tub soiree.

However, make sure to keep lotions, perfumes, cologne, and any other chemicals you tend to put on your body, off. This will help keep the hot tub water clean and free of the foamy bubbles that can rise to the surface of your water. Also, if you have any open wounds, cuts, rashes or infections it’s a good idea to not go into the hot tub. This is not only unsanitary for others, but also for yourself.

When entering the hot tub, make sure your feet and legs are free of any grass and dirt before stepping in the water. Your hot tub host would greatly appreciate it as would all your other guests. Keeping the hot tub water clean is one of the most important aspects of a great hot tub gathering.

Third, Amenities

If you’re drinking any kind of liquid around the hot tub, make sure your drink is in a plastic cup that won’t break. Nothing’s worse than a broken glass ruining a hot tub and the party.

While what kind of drinks are consumed at another’s house is up to the host, if alcohol is involved, be responsible and make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water after every alcoholic drink.

If there’s food available, do not eat in the hot tub. Food that falls into a hot tub can affect the quality of the water and filtration system. If you want a snack, step out of the tub, eat, then jump back in. It will give you time to cool off anyway.

Last, Your Behavior

Remember, you’re in a hot tub, not a pool. There’s no jumping, splashing, or horse playing in a hot tub. It’s a time to relax and let the stress of your day melt away. Enjoy the powerful jet streams and soothing bubbles.

Make to be conscientious of the other guests by letting everyone have a turn in every seat and rotate out of the water if there are more guests than spots in the tub.

And, of course, never leave children alone in the hot tub and keep pets out of the water.

With these general rules on hot tub etiquette, you should be the pleasure of any host and enjoy yourself immensely at your next visit to a friend’s hot tub. If you have any questions about owning your own hot tub, or how to properly use someone else’s, don’t hesitate to contact ThermoSpas, we’d be happy to help.

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