Swim spa cover soaked? Here’s a solution!

For most swim spa owners, the cover is sort of a necessary evil. Yes, it helps your spa run efficiently because it holds in heat, and it helps keep your spa clean by keeping out dirt and debris. But it can also be unwieldy, difficult to manage, and unsightly.

You see, most spa covers are made with foam core. They do a fine job of keeping your water clean, and an OK job of holding in the heat. But they’re also absorbent and hold a lot of water. And we’re talking about something that’s around water 100 percent of the time. The foam is exposed to condensation inside the swim spa, and if your spa is outdoors, rain and snow on the exterior. Under these conditions, the foam easily becomes saturated, heavy, and difficult to move.

The material over the foam core on a traditional swim spa cover is constantly exposed to the elements if your swim spa is outdoors. (And most are.) It doesn’t take long at all for the UV rays to weaken the material, allowing more moisture to seep through and weigh down the foam. Additionally, the sun’s rays can cause unsightly fading and cracking.

End 2 End Swim Spa Covers offer a solution. They’re constructed with state-of-the-art technology using closed-cell foam. This material will not absorb any water, under any conditions, meaning your cover is always lightweight and easy to manage. Plus, the full-frame design means it’s strong.

End 2 End Covers also feature a UV coating that will keep the fabric looking great for many years, and an easy roll-on, roll-off design so one person can easily manage the cover.

If you’re ready to protect your swim spa with a stylish cover that will look great for years to come, give us a call or stop by the showroom to learn more.

Are you a grill master?

Sure, anyone can throw a hot dog on a grill. But true grilling – becoming a master of the grill and conquering the flame – well, that’s an art form. It takes practice, and knowledge. But hey – we’re here to help. Whether you have a freestanding grill or a grill island, the same basic rules apply.

First..

You’ll need to set up two zones. One for direct heat, and one for indirect heat. Sear whatever you’re cooking on the direct heat, and then move it to the cooler side so it doesn’t overcook.

Second…

It’s important to know when to close the lid – and when to leave it open. When you’re cooking foods that cook quickly, like vegetables or shrimp, leave it open. But to properly cook meats like chicken or steak, close it to keep the heat in and the temperature high.

Third…

If you’re making burgers, try using salt, pepper and canola oil to prepare the patties. (Then close the lid for a few minutes after you add the cheese to make sure it melts. There’s nothing worse than a cheeseburger with cold cheese!)

Fourth…

Season all other meat well. Pick up your favorite mix from the store or make your own. Marinades are great and can help keep meat tender. If you don’t have time for that, try a dry rub. Yummy!

Fifth…

If you want to cook veggies, keep them whole or in larger sections so they don’t fall through the grate. You can also place them on water-soaked or metal skewers, or use a specially made grill basket. Season your veggies well prior to cooking, too. If you’ve never tried grilled vegetables before, you’re in for a treat. Mushrooms, onions, zucchini, peppers and even pineapple (yes, we know it’s a fruit) are amazing when grilled.

Sixth…

Don’t mess with the food too much. If your food is sticking, it’s most likely because it’s not done cooking. Leave it alone for a bit, and try to turn the food only once. So, what do you think? Are you ready to conquer the flame?

Swim away the summer – in your new swim spa

Who doesn’t love to spend hot summer days (and nights) in the pool? Whether you’re having fun with family and friends or relaxing by yourself – maybe with a cool drink? – there aren’t many better ways to while away an afternoon.
Sometimes, though, budgets or space mean installing your own swimming pool isn’t feasible. If that’s your situation, have you ever considered a swim spa?
We proudly carry the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas line. They come in a variety of sizes, and offer features that just aren’t available on traditional swimming pools. Install yours above ground, in ground or partially recessed, indoors or out.
If you enjoy swimming for fitness or other forms of water exercise, a swim spa is made for you. The powerful jets allow you to swim against the current for unlimited distances at the speed that’s comfortable for you. Turn off the current, and the flat bottom is perfect for all forms of water aerobics and other low-impact exercise. The Aquatic Exercise System includes a rowing kit and resistance bands and comes standard on all models.
All models also include dedicated hydrotherapy areas with powerful massaging jets, so after your workout, after work, or for any reason you choose – you can enjoy a relaxing massage.
Beyond all that, though, swim spas are fun! There’s plenty of room for the family to play and relax together. The adjustable temperature means you can enjoy the warm soothing water of a spa when you need it, or the cooler water of a typical swimming pool when you’re ready for some summer fun.
Or, add a sound system, water features or LED lights to your swim spa for a truly customized experience. You can even watch your favorite shows or movies on your iPad while you’re in your swim spa, with our waterproof iPad case and heavy-duty suction stand.
If you think a swim spa might be just what your summer needs, stop by our showroom soon to check out our line of Michael Phelps Swim Spas and choose the model that’s best for you! In the meantime, check out this gallery for some inspiration!

Hot Tub Spring Cleaning

When you’re doing your annual spring cleaning around the house this year, be sure to add your Master Spas hot tub to the list. Just like your home needs a thorough cleaning to keep everything in tip-top condition, a deep clean of your hot tub will help ensure months of worry-free operation.

The Water

The first thing you should do is add a system flush to the water, and allow it to circulate for 30 minutes or more, with the jets on. This will break up any unwanted build-up in the plumbing and allow it to be trapped by your filter. Then drain the spa, clean or replace the filter (more on that in a minute), and refill your spa with fresh water. Once your spa is filled, be sure to follow the proper steps to re-balance the water chemistry. If you have questions about this, just ask us!

The Equipment

Carefully check your plumbing, pump, heater and the spa itself for signs of wear and tear. Do you see any rust or leaks? Look closely at the seals on the pumps and motors, too. If you see an issue, it’s a lot easier on your wallet to replace the seal now, than the pump or motor later. When you remove the filter, check it for signs of fraying and if you find them, go ahead and replace it. Filters are relatively inexpensive and when in good condition make it much easier to maintain fresh, clean water in your spa. Finally, check the hot tub itself for cracks, the insulation for any signs of pests like mice or bugs, and look for rotting wood, mold or other potential problems.

The Exterior

Now is also a great time to give your cover a little TLC. Use a mild, general cleanser to remove any dirt and build-up, and apply a protectant to help keep your cover looking great. If you have a vinyl cover be sure to avoid cleaners with ammonia, bleach, wax or silicone, because these can actually damage your cover in the long run. Go ahead and clean up around your hot tub, too. Remove any weeds or debris that may have accumulated over the winter, and clean the outside of the spa as well.

Check it Out

Finally, once it’s refilled and ready to go, it’s time to make sure everything is working as it should. Does the cover latch properly? Are all the jets working correctly? Actually, this last step may require you to slip on your suit and get in for a while. You know – just to make sure everything is OK. We’re pretty sure that won’t be a problem.

Hot Tubbing in the Rain

Here in the desert, it might not rain that often. But when it does, it can still be a great time to enjoy your hot tub or swim spa. In fact, it can be one of the best. Just follow these tips to turn a normally gloomy day into a great one.
If your hot tub or swim spa is located in a sunroom, open the windows so you can enjoy the sound of the rain.
The weather might be a little cool, but that’s OK – you’ll be soaking in your hot tub, after all! 
If your hot tub or swim spa is outside and you don’t already have a gazebo or umbrella covering, grab a hat.
It’ll keep your head warm and dry, and help you enjoy your hot tub time even more.
Enjoy your favorite hot drink.
Fill an insulated mug with coffee, hot chocolate, cider – even a hot toddy if that’s your preference. You’ll be warm on the inside, and the outside. Many Master Spas models include integrated cup holders, so there’s always a convenient place to set your refreshment.
You’re going to want a towel as soon as you step out of your hot tub or swim spa, but keeping it dry in the rain might be a problem.
Consider placing it in a large waterproof bag before you take it outside to keep it nice and dry. If you want a special treat, throw a towel or robe in the dryer before you head outdoors. Just imagine how cozy and warm it will feel straight out of the dryer.
Complete the mood with your favorite tunes.
With a Bluetooth-compatible sound system like the one on the Master Spas LSX 700, you can enjoy your music without worrying about your phone being outside in the rain.  

Add aromatherapy, bring a book or e-reader if your spa is under cover, add some toys for the kids if they’ll be joining you, and the stage is set for the best rainy day ever!

A Little Sauna Maintenance Goes a Long Way

Your sauna is your personal oasis. That calm, quiet space where you can relax, unwind and recharge your batteries to face the day ahead – or prepare them for tomorrow. While your Good Health Sauna doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, there are a few things you should do to make sure it remains a haven in your home.

Keep the glass clean.

All glass can become dirty or dusty over time. In a sauna, the constant cycles of heating and cooling can make the grime more difficult to remove. About once a month or so, clean the glass on the inside and outside of your sauna with a natural glass cleaner to keep it streak-free and squeaky-clean.

Keep those seats and backrests clean, too.

When you sauna, you sweat. After all, that’s pretty much the point, right? And sometimes, sweat can stain all that lovely wood. It may be surprising, but one of the best ways to remove sweat stains from the wooden benches and backrests in your sauna is with fine sandpaper. Lightly go over the stained area until the stain is gone. If the stain is too deep, try a wood surface cleaner designed for saunas. No matter what, though, don’t use bleach. This can actually dry out the wood and cause splintering over time – something you definitely want to avoid! To avoid stains in the first place, always sit on a clean towel, and place another behind your back and against the headrest.

Don’t forget the exterior.

If you really want to keep your Good Health Sauna looking as great as it did the day it was installed, you can use high-quality furniture cleaners and polishers on the exterior wood and door handles. Just clean with a soft cloth like you would any piece of wood furniture in your home.

Your sauna was an investment in personal peace.

But it’s hard to feel peaceful when your environment isn’t clean and well-maintained. With just a little effort, you can make sure your Good Health Sauna remains just as lovely and serene as the day it was installed.

5 Great Reasons to Buy a Spa While Pregnant

dreamstime_xxl_42851575As a soon to be new mommy in my late 30’s – I’m a true born believer in the benefits of Swimming and soaking in warm water while pregnant – and at all other times as well of course. My husband and I have had a hot tub of our own now since last summer – and while we didn’t purchase it purposefully FOR the pregnancy – I can say with no reservations that it has been one of the BEST “accidental” pregnancy pain and stress relief solutions that I could have hoped for. Us prego’s know that it can be rough during pregnancy – we’re not allowed to use strong pain relievers,  massages are practically off limits, there is no alcohol, we have limited flexibility and of course, a reduced ability to work out. In short – there are more pains and muscle strains happening, but we have less options to deal with it.  For these reasons, and many others, a Hot Tub during pregnancy can be your best friend. I have put a lot of thought into this list of “Great Reasons” to buy a spa while pregnant – because I would love to see other expectant mommies enjoy the relaxation and relief that comes with having regular access to a hot tub or swim spa during or after pregnancy. I would also like to see more COUPLES enjoying the ongoing health benefits – lower blood pressure, joint and muscle relief, faster muscle recovery from training, injuries that heal faster, help with lupus, arthritis or MS symptoms…the list is long, and it’s the real deal. So here is a well thought out, great list of reasons to buy your hot tub NOW while you’re pregnant. 
  • Aquatic Therapy and Flexibility. Relaxing fully immersed in warm water lets your aching body experience true buoyancy. You can completely relax your muscles and stretch unimpeded in an environment where you are more naturally flexible. This will help you stay loose and limber, even as your muscles cramp, and tighten and your joints shift or swell during the course of your pregnancy.
  • Hot Baths Leave You Lukewarm – in a traditional bathtub – it’s often too tough to regulate the temperature. You need to make sure the water in your tub is between 98-100 degrees. Getting that bathwater to the right temp is tough – it’s usually too hot – and then it cools off too quickly. Plus, bathtubs are usually too narrow or shallow to allow you to be covered with water and you miss out on many of the benefits of stretching and actually being able to float in the water. Typically, your poor baby bump gets left out in the cold while the rest of you overheats…it can actually be more annoying than relaxing.
  • Bust out the water weights and get toned! If you get a hot tub with 4 or more seats, you will be able to have enough space to use in water weights for your arms and ankles, and do some aquatic toning exercises to keep up your muscle mass and tone during your pregnancy. It’s relaxing because it’s low impact exercise, but it’s still effective because of the water resistance – plus you’re working out in luxurious warm water – a win win situation.
  • Stress Reduction – everyone tells us we’re supposed to relax and not worry when we are pregnant. “Stress is bad for the baby!” they say, meaning well, not realizing that they just helped up our dose of anxiety a little bit. Taking time out of your busy schedule, away from your “to do” list, and disconnecting from the constant stream of pregnancy data available on our electronic devices – will help you get true peace of mind. Leave the cell phone and ipad inside and soak in the warm water while you stargaze with your sweetie. You don’t even have to talk about baby names – just chill out and relax together.
  • Invest NOW in your FUTURE health. As soon as your precious babe is born, you and your partner are going to be entering one of the most stressful phases of your life – investing the cash in a hot tub NOW before the onslaught of medical bills, busy schedule and sleepless nights –  will assure that you continue to this heavenly habit to connect to each other and relax your tired bodies and brains on a regular basis – at home – where you will be stuck hanging out together for a while.
You’ve probably heard of the “babymoon” idea, aka a trip you take right before the baby is born.  Or maybe more recently you’ve heard the term “Push Present” – something I just heard about for the first time last week and thought was funny  – it’s a present you can supposedly get during or immediately following labor – from your husband. If you’re considering either of these OR just in a buying mood and want to pamper yourself with the BEST gift you will ever invest in (pregnancy or no pregnancy), a gift that will keep on giving to you and your family for YEARS to come, you need to seriously consider a hot tub NOW. Not one of my customers has ever said “I wish I hadn’t bought my hot tub.”  Want to learn more about our hot tubs and swim spas in person from a mommy to be Spa Expert this weekend?  Come pick my brain at the El Paso home show this Saturday and Sunday March 11th-12th at the Convention Center.  Check out www.BigSpaExpo.com for a $1000 savings coupon and directions to the Spa Show! 
Me at 6 months with 2 of my El Paso Customers

The author – Ali, at 6 months with 2 of our El Paso Spa Customers from earlier this year. 

     

Pregnancy, Swimming & Hot Tubs

dreamstime_xxl_26947163There is no shortage of articles out there about hot tubs, swimming, and Pregnancy safety – believe me, I’ve been reading them ALL the past 7 months! As a woman in my late 30’s pregnant with my first child – I’m definitely one who wants to be informed as to the safest practices for my unborn kiddo. Then again, as a pregnant woman, 7 months in – I’ve also got a LOT of weird and intense muscle aches and pains happening – more and more every day. Obviously, I want to be able to relieve this pain in the most natural of ways, relax and sleep better, and know that I’m doing it in the healthiest possible way.  Let me tell you – that swimming regularly combined with warm water and the light aquatic massage of jets in a hot tub – is a fantastic combination!
Now, I just so happen to work for a hot tub and swim spa dealer in Las Cruces New Mexico. I’ve also been a swimmer for years – and enjoy regularly swimming in our swim spas in the Las Cruces showroom after hours – it’s not only a great workout, it’s extremely relaxing and I don’t have to share lanes with anyone at the public pool!  Because of my job, I know a LOT about hot tubs and swim spas. I know about pool chemicals, water care, and I know about our Master Spas brand – that our ecopur filters and ozone treatment allows us to use BARELY any chlorine in the water – so I have felt safe swimming in the water – even since I found out about my little pea in the pod 7 months ago.
Me at 6 months with 2 of my El Paso Customers

Me at 6 months with 2 of my El Paso Customers

But the hot tubs I did more research on. There is evidence of HOT water in early pregnancy (first trimester) being a potential cause of spinal cord defects in infants. Obviously -we want to avoid something like that. I consulted with my physician and with my acupuncturist to get more details on things to avoid.  Turns out the list is pretty short – and here it is for your convenience!
  •  Keep the water at 98-100 degrees – no hotter. It still feels REALLY good at this temperature – to get in an soak. Just the buoyancy alone is a fantastic feeling let alone being in a LARGE water vessel and being able to float in warm water.
 
    • If you turn the jets on in the tub – turn off the ones on the balls of your feel, middle of your back and over your shoulders – these are pressure points you want to avoid – because they can stimulate early labor (especially in the 3rd Trimester)
 
    • Soak for 10-15 minutes at a time, then cool off.
 
    • Wait a day if you add chlorine or chemicals to the water – water that smells like chlorine is not that enjoyable anyway.
 
    • Use the cool Spazazz Aromatherapy crystals to add additional ambiance and a lovely scent to the water – the lavender ones are highly recommended.
Ali Hot TubFortunately, the Hot Tub I own at home has adjustable jets – so I was able to turn them on and off in each area of my body. The ones on my calves when I’m sitting in a lounge seat have been my all time  favorite so far!
Swimming in the store swim spa has also been a terrific source of pain relief, and has helped me stay flexible and toned throughout my pregnancy! I have been able to swim regularly, use the pilates resistance bands and do gentle walking and stretching in the water against the current – to keep my muscles working – but able to do it in a low impact water environment which is easier on my joints – especially my hips and lower back muscles. I have a lot of clients who have purchased swim spas to help with arthritis.
At the beginning of my pregnancy I weighed 204 – now 7 months in, I weigh 205 – AND in the past 7 months, with the help of my swim spa exercise and eating healthy –  I have converted much of my previous “wine & cheese weight” to an adorable baby. My doctor told me it is fine that I haven’t gained weight – he even advised me in the beginning that I didn’t need to gain any – so I’m thrilled at what we have dubbed “The baby diet”. Once the baby is born, I’ll actually weigh less than pre-baby AND have more muscle. So I’m planning to parlay that into more swimming – to get in better shape.

MP002
In summary – using a hot tub daily, at lower temperatures throughout my pregnancy at home has been a HUGE physical relief to me. It has helped me reduce stress and
enjoy the experience.


It has helped soothe my back muscles, leg muscles, tight belly cramps, headaches, neck aches, and allowed me to relax and get some peace and quiet both at the beginning and the end of the day on a regular basis over the past 7 months.
Having space to move around in a hot tub, enough water to actually “float” in and do stretching in warm water has been great. A bath tub is JUST not the same when your belly is 3x as big as it used to be. There isn’t enough water to cover your baby bump – so it’s left out there all cold and alone. You end up feeling like you’re wedged into a butter dish with some lukewarm water filling in the gaps.
One last benefit I cannot emphasize enough – taking time to connect to my honey -is a HUGE one that I didn’t even really consider before I started using the hot tub during pregnancy.
We have a busy life – and taking time to sit and soak together in peace and quiet at the end of the day – and gaze at the stars and moon in our hot tub  – while getting our minds ready for a peaceful night of sleep  – is a treasure I could not possibly put a price tag on. These are the last months of our “freedom” as a married couple without kids -and important months for bonding together and getting on the same page as partners. I want to appreciate every moment we have before our kiddo comes along and turns our life upside down. Spending time each day talking, holding hands and laughing together away from electronics, the TV or other distractions has been an enormous benefit, and a habit I’m sure we’ll continue after the baby comes along.
Whether you are currently pregnant and seeking pain relief, or looking for an exercise option during AND after pregnancy –  I can personally recommend hot tubs and swim spas during pregnancy – AND LONG AFTER – as a huge value added health and stress relief bonus in your life. There is really no other past time, hobby or habit that gives you the opportunity to connect to the people around you in the same way AND adds health benefits on a daily basis in the long run.
Come see us at the El Paso Home Show this weekend March 10th-11th or email us for more details about our spa models!
El-Paso_HS_3.2017_Cvr

Invest Your Tax Return – In Family Fun

This time of year, people crawl out of the woodwork with advice on what to do with your tax return. Television financial advisers, every Tom, Dick and Harry with a blog on investment advice, your in-laws – they all know EXACTLY what you should do with that money. But you know who really knows best? You! And if you’re thinking an investment in your family is the way to go, we have suggestions that might help you make your decision.

Swimming Pools

Do you want to be a superhero? Install an above ground pool in your backyard this summer. We have pool models and styles to fit almost any budget. Let us help you find the one that’s right for you, and your backyard. And if you’ve always wanted a pool, but thought typical above ground pool styling wasn’t for you, check out the Dolce Vita II. The European styling is unlike anything else in the above ground pool market today.

Hot Tubs

If you want your family to have time to reconnect and recharge, invest in a new Master Spas hot tub. There’s just nothing like soaking in the warm water, while the powerful, adjustable jets massage away the aches, pains and stress of the day. It’s a great time to catch up with your spouse or your kids – and a great place to declare a “screen-free zone.” Don’t forget – it’s OK to schedule a little “me time” in your hot tub, too. Morning or night, take 20 minutes to de-stress. If your hot tub has a built-in sound system and lights like the Master Spas Twilight series, you can create the personalized experience that’s exactly what you need. If you’re ready to turn your tax refund into years of family fun, give us a call or stop by the showroom. We can talk about our pool and hot tub choices, financing options for larger purchases and more.

The Finnish Sauna Follow-Up: The Original Icy Hot for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Finland is the sauna capital of the world, with an average of one per household, or three million saunas in a country of five million people. Although we’re not quite that hardcore here in the States, those who indulge have long understood the physical and mental benefits of making sauna sessions part of their daily routines. 

Tylo_Sauna_03

In Finland, and many other Nordic cultures, however, there’s an extra twist. It’s common for them to cap off the extreme heat of a sauna session with the extreme cold of a quick plunge in ice water or an ice cold shower.

While this might sound somewhat alien to us, there is increasing medical and scientific consensus that these rapid changes in temperature extremes can benefit the health and well-being of those who take up the practice. This is particularly true for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Experts believe that this practice elevates blood pressure by making blood vessels rapidly expand. This reduces inflammation — and the agonizing pain associated with the condition. Many adherents to the Nordic practice also say that finishing with a cold plunge prevents rheumatoid flare ups the next day, which is a common complaint of sufferers who only spend time in a sauna without following it up with a session of cold.
  • Another benefit is the release of endorphins that comes with the rapid conflict of temperature extremes. This can have a numbing effect on pain, and an endorphin rush has one other added benefit: it simply makes you happy.
  • Finally, those who take an icy plunge after they exit the sauna report healthier skin and improved recovery from muscle pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers should take the time to research the bizarre, but potentially beneficial practice of briefly plunging into cold water after spending extended times soaking in the heat in a sauna.

The Fins insist on it, and they’re among the happiest people on Earth.

The Health Benefits Of Hot Tubs

  • 5 Great Reasons to Buy a Spa While Pregnant

    As a soon to be new mommy in my late 30's - I'm a true born believer in the benefits of Swimming and soaking in warm water while pregnant - and at all other times as well of course. My husband and I have had a hot tub of our ...

  • Pregnancy, Swimming & Hot Tubs

    There is no shortage of articles out there about hot tubs, swimming, and Pregnancy safety - believe me, I've been reading them ALL the past 7 months! As a woman in my late 30's pregnant with my first child - I'm definitely one who wants to be informed as to the ...

Click to read our testimonials and reviews!

Store locations & Hours

Pool Tech Plus, Inc.
2331 E. Lohman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Voice: (575) 524-4633
Fax: (575) 647-3373
E-Mail: sales@pooltechplus.com

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Saturday: 9:30 am. - 5:00 pm.
Sunday: 11:00 am. - 4:00 pm.

***CLOSING EARLY, 2:00 pm Fathers day Sunday June 18th.***