The machine has run the entire time except for when I’ve drained it about once a year of course. This draining and cleaning process has been a relief compared to our old hot tub that we had to drain the water out 3-4 times a year and clean the seating area each time. Thanks to our shell made form a special antimicrobial material where bacteria and such do not adhere to the surface, cleaning often just isn’t necessary. I did not believe this at first (Im the one who drained and cleaned out my old one), but my wife is a registered nurse and she swore by the antimicrobial concept. Turns out she was right, and the special shell alone has been a cause for far less maintenance. We definitely recommend getting a spa with the antimicrobial surface. I’m not sure if all Barefoot spas have this, but I know ours does because I remember the salesman talking about it and it says so in the owners manual.
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