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What are those Black Flakes in my Whirlpool Tub?


What are those black flakes in my whirlpool tub?


Hold your stomach…

The black flakes are mold and mildew, bacteria from human skin, oils, soaps, and other junk (use your imagination) that have been allowed to spawn in residual water left behind within the piping from the last time the unit was used.

Whirlpool tubs don’t drain completely after use; water remains in the lines, which permits bacteria to hatch and grow. It’s very common to have water in the tub immediately fill up with black and brown flakes.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

  • Clean your whirlpool before or after each use. (We know you’re not going to do that, proceed directly to the next line).
  • Clean your whirlpool every month. (We know most of you aren’t going to do that, proceed directly to the next line).
  • Clean your whirlpool when the black flakes reach a point at which you begin to gag.

Cleaning Your Whirlpool

There are lots of different cleaning materials, including solutions developed specifically for jetted tubs – we recommend following the manufacturer’s directions.

You can also try the following process:

  • Fill up the tub with HOT water at least 2″ above highest jet
  • Add 1/2 gallon of distilled white vinegar
  • Run the jets for 15 minutes
  • Read a book for 10 minutes (we know you’re not going to do that, go check your Facebook page instead)
  • Drain the tub and refill with COLD water
  • Run the jets for 10 minutes
  • Drain the tub and wipe it down with clean, soft cloth

Check Lowe’s or Home Depot for a whirlpool jet cleaner; you can find the cleaner in the bathtub section. Or consider a professional cleaning periodically.

Now, go soak in the tub and relax with confidence!