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Softubs for Motorcycle Enthusiasts

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As fall approaches and the temperature cools, the open road starts calling to motorcycle enthusiasts across the country. Riding through the hills, taking in the beauty of the changing fall leaves, is an ideal way to spend the weekend. Unfortunately, as we age, those long rides leave us with a few more aches and pains than we may have experienced in years past. Even though the reward is totally worth it, there are a few things that you can do to ease some of those pains, so your ride is a rewarding, and pleasurable, experience.

Before Your Ride

Easing your riding pains actually starts before the ride. As you prepare to head out for a long ride, consider taking a 20 minute soak in your Softub just before you leave. This will loosen your muscles and increase blood flow so your body is relaxed. You could even perform some stretches while you soak to help get your neck, shoulders, back and legs limbered up. Starting the ride loose and relaxed will give you a good start, so you aren’t adding muscle tension to already stressed muscles.

During Your Ride

While you are riding, you want to make sure you stop occasionally to stretch your legs. You may also want to do some simple arm stretches while you are stopped. As you ride, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and performing at its best. It is also a good idea to change riding positions occasionally. Even a slight change in position can ease the strain that hours of sitting in the same position can cause to your muscles.

After Your Ride

After you get home from a lengthy ride is an interesting time. Your mind and body are totally taxed, but you also have a deep sense of contentment. Your bed calls to you, but before you go take a few minutes to enjoy your Softub. The persistent heat will ease your aching joints and muscles while allowing your mind a little time to process the day. Soaking in your Softub before bed also puts your body in an ideal position for a great night of sleep. Your Softub is the perfect transition between your exciting, enjoyable, exhausting day and the comforting call of your bed.

The benefits of Softubs are truly amazing for anyone, but they can be of particular benefit to motorcyclists. If you want to experience these benefits with your next ride, find us on the open road or give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827). With the simple installation of a Softub, we can easily have you up and running, before your next motorcycle adventure.

Add value to your vacation rental with a Softub

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Vacation Rentals by owner are becoming increasingly popular. As the owner of a vacation home, you know that the competition is steep when it comes to attracting guests. Guests want the most amenities for the best price. That leaves you constantly on the lookout for new ways to attract guests and increase your home’s value.

The Benefits

One of the things that many people are looking for when renting a vacation home is a hot tub. There are a couple of reasons that a hot tub tops the list. First of all, they are looking for something their current home doesn’t have. Vacations are all about getting to experience places and things that you don’t normally have an opportunity to. They are also looking for a hot tub because they are on vacation to relax, and nothing is more relaxing than ending the day in a bubbly hot tub.

The Drawbacks

At this point, you may be saying yeah, yeah, yeah, I know all of the benefits, but what about the drawbacks? Hot tubs are expensive, and they add a whole new level of maintenance and cost to your vacation home. You want your vacation home to be as maintenance-free as possible, and a hot tub sounds like the opposite of maintenance-free. We hear you.

The Solution

A Softub could be the answer to your problem. Softubs check off all the wish list items for your guests, while keeping costs low and maintenance down for you.

Guests will Love Them

Softubs are unique and bring something to your vacation rental they won’t find everywhere. Your guests will love that they have the option of a nightly soak and they are getting to experience something new and exciting. The freeform seating of a Softub means your guests will be comfortable no matter what height or size they are. That is not always the case with traditional hot tubs. Their molded seats don’t provide a one size fits all tub. With a traditional tub, your guests that are taller or shorter than average might not enjoy your tub as much as they could. With a Softub, you know your guests will experience the same high level of comfort.

They are Low Maintenance

Because of the simplicity a Softub brings, you will enjoy how easy it is to maintain. Softubs require less cleaning and less chemicals than traditional hot tubs, which will help you cut down on costs. You will also save significantly on utilities when compared to running a traditional tub. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy and cost effective a Softub really is.

The bottom line is that a Softub is a great way to bring added comfort, relaxation, and fun to your vacation home, without incurring a lot of cost or added headache. Come visit us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-TUBS (8827), and let us help you increase the value of your vacation home today.

Softub to help fight the common cold

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Headache, stuffy nose, cough, congestion and an overall feeling of ick! These are just a few of the symptoms that come along with the common cold. It may be common, but it is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Getting rid of a cold isn’t always an easy task, but your Softub may be able to help you ease your symptoms and get over your cold a little bit faster. Check out all of the ways that your Softub can help you this cold season.

Increased Blood Flow

It is widely known that hot tubs can speed healing when it comes to muscle or joint injuries. This healing comes because your blood flow is increased by the heat of the water. The extra blood flow helps affected areas to heal sooner. The same principle can be applied when talking about healing a cold. Soaking in your Softub will increase blood flow to inflamed areas, allowing your body to heal more rapidly.

Open Air Ways

Chicken soup is often touted as being a remedy for colds. The success behind eating chicken soup when you are sick has very little to do with the chicken and much more to do with the heat and steam that comes from the soup. Breathing in the steam from the broth will open your sinus and airways allowing you to breathe easier and feel better. The moist, hot air that you breathe in as you soak in your Softub works in the same way. That heat is going to open up your airways and leave you breathing easier. It will also be much more effective than that little bowl of chicken soup.

Soothing Heat

It is not uncommon to experience achiness or sore muscles when you are fighting a cold. This is due, in part, to your muscles tensing up as you cough. It can also be caused by the overall wear of a cold on your body. No matter what the cause, the soothing heat of your Softub will go a long way in relaxing those sore muscles.

By taking care of the symptoms of your cold, your body will begin to heal faster. Your body can direct help where it is needed most, rather than trying to fight all of the symptoms on its own. Think of it as a healing assistant for your body. Don’t wait until cold season is in full swing, come see us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-TUBS (8827). We can get your Softub up and running so you can enjoy the fun in times of health and appreciate the healing in times of sickness.

Best Times to Softub

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There are hundreds of reasons for you to jump in your Softub and we have yet to meet a Softub owner that needs an excuse to take a soak, but just in case you are looking for a good reason to use your Softub, we have put together a list of the best times to use your Softub. See what you think.

 

 

When you wake up in the morning

Taking a soak in your Softub first thing in the morning is the perfect way to start your day. The hot water increases blood flow and gets your body ready to take on the day.

When you are feeling stressed

There is no better way to relax when you are feeling stressed, than taking a soothing soak in your Softub. The heat of the water and the massaging jets will relax away your stress in no time flat.

When you are hurt

Soothing away aches and pains is one of the main uses of a Softub. The heat of your hot tub will increase blood flow to the affected area, which helps to promote quick healing. As soon as you feel your back aching or joints hurting, head out to your Softub and chase those pains away.

When you are in the mood for romance

Softubs are the perfect place for romance. Light a few candles, turn on your love songs playlist and enjoy a romantic evening in your Softub.

When you are all fired up

When your temper is all flared up and you need to take a minute to regain your composure, your Softub is ready and waiting. Something about the gentle bubbling of the hot water takes the heat out of your temper, so you can think clearly.

When you need a break

Whether your work is manual labor, mental labor or chasing after kids all day; you work hard and sometimes you just need a break. Your Softub gives your body and mind a break like nothing else will. Just 15-20 minutes in your tub gets you ready to face the rest of your day.

When you want to have fun

Softubs are just fun! When you are looking for something fun to do look no further than your Softub. Whether you are alone, with your spouse, your kids or your friends you will definitely have a great time when you are in your Softub.

When you want to enjoy good conversation

There is nothing like a genuine face to face conversation, but anymore it is harder and harder to disconnect and fully engage in conversation. Your Softub provides the perfect place for that conversation to happen.

When you have company over

Entertaining guests is always enjoyable and it can be even better when the evening moves to your Softub. Some of the best evenings end in Softubs.

When you want to enjoy a family night

No matter what age your kids are, young and old alike all love a family night in the hot tub. Watching movies, playing games or just hanging out having fun it is all so much better when the location is your Softub.

When you are ready to go to bed

Finally, your Softub is perfect for when you are ready to hit the hay. It will relax your body and mind, while it alters your body temperature getting you all set up for a good night’s sleep.

There you have it. Twelve of the best times to use your Softub. If you already have a Softub, pick your favorite time and get soaking. If you don’t have your own Softub, what are you waiting for? These are just a fraction of the ways that you can use your Softub. Come see us at a Softub Express event near you, or call us at 800-996-TUBS (8827), we would love to give you another way to enjoy life.

Ideal Length of Time to Softub

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As soon as you take your first soak in a Softub, you know that you could easily spend hours basking in its greatness. Unfortunately, spending hours on end in your Softub might not be so healthy. Too much time in the heat can cause lightheadedness, dizzy feelings and nausea. This overheating can be dangerous and will definitely put a damper on your Softub enjoyment.

So, what is the best length of time to soak in your Softub? Well, that all depends. The temperature of your tub, the outdoor temperature and what your desired effects are from your Softub all play a role in determining what the ideal amount of time is for your soak.

 

Average Times and Temperatures

The average hot tub temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit, but some people prefer a temperature as hot as 104 degrees. If you are using your tub for relaxation or healing 102 degrees is really a great temperature, but you should not spend more than 15-30 minutes soaking at this temperature. If your water temperature is a few degrees warmer or cooler, you should adjust your soak time a few minutes either way.

Extreme Outdoor Temperatures

If the air temperature is extremely hot or extremely cold you don’t need to avoid your hot tub, but you should use caution. Extreme temperatures can cause your brain to have an unrealistic sense of body temperature. That means that you could be overheating from the water temperature, but not realizing that your body is too hot! So whether it is really hot or really cold, you should turn down the heat a few degrees and limit your soak to no more than 15 minutes.

Longer Soaks

We know that sometimes you would like to spend longer than 30 minutes soaking in your tub. Maybe you are having company over, planning a Softub movie or game night and 30 minutes just isn’t enough. You have a couple of options. You could lower your tub temperature a few degrees, to lower the risk of overheating. This allows you a longer evening in your Softub.

If turning down the heat doesn’t appeal to you, then you could also take a break from soaking every 20-30 minutes. Getting out of your Softub and letting your body temperature return to normal, before reentering will help to ensure that you are not going to overheat.

The whole reason that you purchased your Softub is to relax and enjoy, but safety should always come first. Fortunately, by following these guidelines you can safely enjoy your Softub. If you have any questions about safe Softub use, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you. At Softub Express, we are here to help you get the most out of your Softub.

Softubs can enhance your Athletic Performance

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You are on the court, you hear the rhythmic thud of the ball, the squeak of your shoes on the court, and the satisfying swish of the net as you make a great shot. You know that you are on your game today. Unfortunately, no matter what your sport of choice, you know that your performance can vary from day to day. Some days you get out on the court or field and you just aren’t there. That is why athletes are always on the lookout for anything that can improve their performance. A Softub is just what you are looking for to help enhance your athletic performance, and give you more consistent results every time you play.

Soak Before

Soaking before you play or just before you workout will help to loosen your muscles so you go into your game ready for activity. Simultaneously stretching while you are soaking in your Softub can also be beneficial and it allows you to maximize your time.

Soak After

Soaking after your workout is also beneficial. You won’t want to go directly from your workout to the Softub because you want to give your muscles a chance to cool down a bit before you head to your Softub for more heat. The heat will send healing blood flow to your muscles allowing them to recover more quickly, so you can play and train harder and more often.

Soak Consistently

Athletes who soak once or twice a day for at least 20 minutes, even if it is not directly before or after their workout, still report a positive impact on their athletic performance. With these consistent soaks, you are regularly increasing blood flow to your muscles which keeps them loose and can even increase your range of motion. Better range of motion makes that golf club swing a little smoother and that jump shot a little easier, while decreasing your risk of injury.

Soak Away Injury

Your Softub can also be a great asset when you find yourself with a minor injury. The soothing heat of your Softub can help to speed up your recovery time so you can get back to your training sooner, keeping you at the top of your game.

As you can tell, Softubs are a great asset to any serious athlete. If you are ready to check out all of these amazing benefits for yourself, give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you and let us help you improve your performance today.

Can your Softub improve the old grey matter?

The older you get the more grey starts coming into your life. You start getting more and more grey hairs and you have to pay more attention to sharpening that old grey matter that is underneath all of those grey hairs. Keeping your brain sharp is vital to feeling youthful as long as possible. This is where your Softub comes into play. Taking daily soaks in your Softub won’t get rid of your grey hairs, but it will go a long way in helping that other bit of grey.

Recently, research that was being conducted to determine the effects of hot tubs on fibromyalgia lead to renewed evidence that hot tubs increase brain function in some pretty incredible ways. During the study, middle-aged women exercised in either cool or warm water 3x a week for 16 weeks. The study found that the women who exercised in warm water not only saw relief for their fibromyalgia symptoms, but they also had increased cognitive function when given a cognitive ability test after their soak, as compared to the other groups.

As it turns out, the increase in blood flow that makes Softubs good for healing, also sends that increased blood flow to your brain. Then the heat exposure increases the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the prefrontal cortex. Studies have found that when that part of the brain is oxygenated for longer it improves your reaction time in addition to your cognitive ability.

Interestingly, these results can only be found when the body is heated radiantly by warm water. Meaning, these benefits do not occur when the body gets hot from air temperature like it does when you are outside during the heat of summer.

The heat of the water has also been shown to improve the function of the central nervous system by regulating stress response, stabilizing moods, and improving memory which all lead to better overall brain function.

Finally, the warm water causes the brain to release BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is a protein that the body produces to aid in the regrowth and restoration of your nerves and brain cells. BDNF is also released when you exercise.

All of these benefits are truly remarkable and definitely point to the fact that Softub use is highly beneficial to your brain. Give us a call at 800-996-TUBS (8827) or visit us at an event near you and let’s start taking better care of that old grey matter today.

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Accessorize your Outdoor set-up

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Recent pool and spa marketing research shows there are over 7.3 million hot tubs in operation in the United States. You can assume that a fair amount of those are in-home hot tubs and you just joined the ranks when you purchased your Softub. But, you have never liked being part of the crowd. Nope, everything that you do has always been a little different than everyone else and your Softub purchase is no exception. You have no intentions of just setting your tub up on your porch with a bench and a plant. You want something unique. You want your Softub to be a unique addition to your home. Here are some tips for unique ways to incorporate your Softub into your outdoor space.

Decide on a Location

First things first, you will need to decide on a location for your tub. Now, there are some practical things that you will need to think about like: is the surface flat enough, is there an outlet accessible, is the spot private enough, convenient enough, safe enough etc. With these things in mind you can then let your imagination run wild. Maybe you are going to put your Softub in your Man Cave or She Shed. Maybe it will stay on your patio, but you plan to transform your patio into a tropical oasis or a mediterranean getaway with your Softub as the focal point. Because your Softub is portable and so easy to move, you have the freedom to move it around and see what location is going to be the perfect place for your outdoor vision.  

Add Some Functional Features

Once you have picked your ideal location, you will want to add some functional features around your Softub. Sure you will add some chairs and a side table, but there are some other features you might not have considered that will take your space to the next level. A towel rack is a common thing to have near your Softub, but no one said it had to be an ordinary towel rack. Maybe your towel rack is made from motorcycle handle bars to go with the decor in your Man Cave or a wine rack that has been transformed to go with your She Shed Tuscan theme.

People love listening music while they enjoy their Softub so you may want to add some outdoor speakers near your tub. If you really want to make your space stand out, you could add some luxury features, like a mini fridge nearby so you always have cold drinks within reach, or an outdoor tv so you can enjoy watching the ball games from your Softub.

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You’ve got a great location for your Softub, you have added some features that make your Softub unique and functional, now it is time to accessorize. Accessories are where your unique personality can really shine through. They will make the difference between your vision coming through and a half-finished attempt at something that could have been great. So what kind of accessories should you add? You might start with some plants. The kind of plants, of course, depend on your space - flowers, shrubs, succulents, whatever suits your theme the best.  Soften things up a bit by adding some throw pillows or towels for your guests. It could be that a fountain or special lighting is what your space needs. As you start adding accessories things will start coming together and your designer’s eye will know what is needed.


Once your accessories are in place you are all set. Your unique space will be ready to enjoy with your family and friends. Just be prepared, your house will quickly become everyone’s favorite hangout.

Summer Softub reading list

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Whether it’s a thriller that makes you jump out of your skin or a romantic book that carries you away to a love filled land, reading is a favorite pastime for millions of Americans. Why not try combining your love for books with your new found love...your Softub. The warm bubbling water practically begs you to come and relax with a good book. We put together some great reads that you may want to add to your Softub reading list.

Mystery

Just out this summer, The President Is Missing: A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, should be at the top of your reading list if you are a fan of Mystery. With the writing expertise of James Patterson and the insider details from an actual president, this thriller tells the story of cyber terrorism that threatens to destroy the United States. It will, undoubtedly have you on the edge of your Softub seat.

Romance

Romance books are perfect for reading in your Softub. Light a few candles, turn on some low music, and grab a copy of Navy Families by Debbie Macomber. This book includes two stories from her Navy series; Navy Baby and Navy Husband. The books offer heated passion, an unexpected pregnancy, heartbreak and of course a little bit of Navy life. Let's be honest who doesn’t love a man in uniform? They will no doubt make for an enjoyable night of reading.

Self-Help

Mystery and Romance aren’t your style? How about a self-help book. You can improve your life while you improve your mind and body in your Softub. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a great place to start. There isn’t a person in the world that couldn’t use a few tips on how to be more effective in life. Covey’s book has helped literally millions of people all over the world become better at what they do. What could be better than learning to become more effective while you take a relaxing soak?

Autobiography

Need some encouragement? How about a little Kevin Hart? His autobiography entitled, I Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart is sure to fit the bill. Hart’s story from difficult beginnings to Hollywood is wrapped in humor, but delivers a big dose of life lessons that will encourage you to keep working, no matter where you are in life. This one should definitely be on your summer Softub book list.

Cooking

For a total change of pace, try reading through a new cookbook. Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors by Emma Frisch is a great option. It will give you some new inspiration for great meals to make on all of your outdoor adventures. You will be all set for the rest of the summer and into the fall.

For the Kids

Don’t forget the kids. Reading in the Softub is a perfect incentive for getting your kiddos to continue reading through the summer. We picked a couple of books that they’ll enjoy too. Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly was the Newberry Medal winner for 2018. It is a gripping story told from the perspectives of four middle school students as one of them gets trapped in a well. It is sure to be a hit.

Next, we suggest Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James. Although it wasn’t an award winner, it was nominated for the Newberry medal and the Caldecott award. Crown tells the story of how a fresh haircut can bring you fame like royalty. It is a story that everyone can relate to and the kids are sure to love.


After reading through this list, we know where you will be, but if you need us, for more chemicals or just to thank us for this awesome list, you can find us at the store Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. The rest of the time we can be found at home reading in our Softubs, just like you.

Hot Tub Tax Relief

This article appeared in the June 2018 edition of Aqua Magazine, a trade publication dedictated to the pool and spa industry. It was written by the magazine's editor, Scott Webb.

I’VE ALWAYS BELIEVED that one day hot tubs will get full credit for the
health benefits they provide and be seen as the medical devices they
really are. The research is out there to back this up; it seems like more
arrives every year. But more importantly, you can feel it — physically sense
the healing effects of hot tub use. When people feel it, they get it.
The foundation of this official recognition exists today. Hot tub health
benefits are recognized by the IRS and some state governments, and
under the right conditions, a customer can receive significant tax breaks
from the purchase of a hot tub.

It says right there in Publication 502 of the U.S. tax code that a
customer can deduct “medical expenses that are the costs of diagnosis,
cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for
treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These include the
costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these
purposes."

Which boils down to this: the IRS will let you deduct
the cost of a hot tub if there’s a prescription (or some kind of medical
statement) stating the hot tub was purchased to alleviate or treat a
medical condition such as a long-term injury or arthritis.
How much money are we talking about here? In my case, 22 percent
of the purchase price, since that’s my highest tax bracket. So for a $9000
spa, that’s about $2000. And while Softubs don't cost nearly that much, you can still save significant amounts of money. 

In addition to that federal income tax deduction, some states don’t
charge sales tax on hot tubs (again, with a prescription), including Texas
and Florida. (Sadly, NY is NOT one of those states)
Texas tax code 3.284, item (11) states that “sales…tax is not due on
the sale of therapeutic appliances when sold to individuals under a
prescription of a licensed practitioner of the healing arts.”
The state sales tax rate in Texas is 6.25 percent, so that’s another
$562.50 off the bill for that $9,000 spa.

This is worth considering for those people looking to buy
a spa for pain relief. Have you asked your doctor for a hot tub Rx? If
you have one, or are willing to get one, you may save significant money on your purchase.

These examples show that government and medical institutions have
taken the first steps toward the day when hot tubs will be fully covered in
health plans and deductible without restriction, which would improve the
health and well being of the continent in general.

 

Softub for workout recovery

The exhilaration that you feel during an intense workout session is what keeps you going, but the day or two after that workout can be pretty brutal. Your muscles are sore, your joints are stiff, and it takes a few days for you to be able to resume your regular workout schedule. A Softub can help ease some of those after effects so you can recover faster and get back to your regular workouts sooner.

Pre-Workout

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The benefits of using a Softub actually start before your workout does.  Soaking for 10-15 minutes prior to starting your workout will help get you prepared for an intense session. The warm water helps loosen and relax muscles so you aren’t starting out with cold tight muscles. The heat will also increase your blood flow and circulation so your body is in peak condition to start your workout. You can even start your pre-workout stretching in the water for added benefit. You will want to be sure that you are staying fully hydrated. Adding heat, even if it is before you actually start working out can quickly lead to dehydration, so use caution.

Post-Workout Hydrotherapy

Post-workout, the first thing you will want to do is stretch again to reduce the lactic acid that has built up in your muscles. Once you have stretched, soak in a cold water bath to constrict the blood flow to your muscles in an effort to reduce the swelling. This will start the process for quicker muscle recovery. Shortly after your cold water soak you can partake in your Softub soak. The hot water will reduce muscle spasms, creating softer muscle tissue. The moist heat will also relieve any joint stiffness. As it did in your pre-workout soak, the heat will improve circulation and take the tension out of your muscles. Together, all of these benefits will undoubtedly speed up your workout recovery and in turn enhance your exercise performance.


We know that it sounds too good to be true, but that Softub that you always wanted for the sheer enjoyment of it, really can offer you so much more than just enjoyment. It offers workout benefits that can take you to the next level of fitness. So, if you have finally decided that the benefits of a Softub are too great to ignore, come see us at Softub Express and pick out your Softub today. We participate in many events throughout NY State. You can check our event listings here. Or call us at 800.996.TUBS (8827).

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Essential Accessories

If you recently purchased a Softub, you are undoubtedly falling in love with the ease and convenience of your Softub. If you are a long time Softub owner, you are still loving the ease and convenience that your Softub has brought you over the years. Whether you are brand new to the Softub world or you have been a Softubber for years, you probably aren’t getting the most out of your Softub yet. Adding Softub accessories can take your tub to a new level of enjoyment. We have put together a list of 5 of our favorite accessories that will make your Softub even better.

Leathertex Pillow

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Your Softub is relaxing and comfortable all on its own. Some tub owners have even said that soaking in their hot tub feels like resting on a cloud. But, even the softest cloud can be enhanced by adding a pillow. The Leathertex Pillow gives your neck the perfect cradle. It is available in several colors to match your Softub or you can mix and match to give your tub a unique look. The Leathertex Pillow will take you to a whole new level of comfort.

Aqua Tray Spa Side Table

Enjoying your favorite beverage, a snack, or reading a great book are all perfect ways to enjoy your Softub. The Aqua Tray Spa Side Table puts all of those things and anything else you might need within arms reach. The durable plastic tray sits securely over the edge of your Softub so it is not only convenient but requires very little space.

Cover Rx Cover Lifter

Removing your Softub cover is not as difficult as it can be on other hot tubs, but it can still be awkward for one person to manage the cover on their own. A Cover Rx Cover Lifter is the perfect solution. It can be installed on any side of your Softub and only needs an 18 inch clearance to work. The cover lifter can also be operated from almost any angle so you can be in front, behind, or even inside your Softub and still operate it. Another added benefit of a Cover Rx Cover Lifter is that it holds your cover so you don’t have to find a place to set the cover while you enjoy your soak. It really is a must-have addition to your Softub.

Tub Guard Cover

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Proper maintenance of your Softub is essential, not just for the life of your tub, but also for your enjoyment. The Tub Guard cover provides protection from harmful UV rays of the sun, dirt, dust, pollen and bird droppings. Sized to snugly fit each Softub model, the Tub Guard Cover is a great way to keep your Softub looking ‘showroom new’ for years.

Paradise Spa Vac

As a Softub owner you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying your tub, not maintaining it. The Paradise Spa Vac helps you do just that. It is light, portable and has a handy pole to make cleaning your Softub quick and easy. The Paradise Spa Vac requires no pumping, it has no batteries and no water hookup, but it still has plenty of power. It can suck up beach sand, rocks, pebbles, marbles and pretty much any other item that might need to be vacuumed out of your tub. It will make cleaning your Softub quick and easy so you can spend your time relaxing.

From comfort to maintenance, these accessories and many more, are designed to help you get the most out of your Softub and are sure to make your experience even better! Check them out today!

Nurse's orders: Daily Softub Soak

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As a nurse, you spend all day caring for other people. You put your heart and soul into caring for your patients. Every thought is consumed with what your patients need, what will make them comfortable and how you can ease their pain. When your shift finally ends and you have 5 seconds to think, you realize that you have your own needs. Your feet are aching from the miles that you walked making your rounds. Your back is killing you from moving all of those patients. And, your stress level is through the roof from being pulled in so many directions.

You need to take care of you!

Before you claim that you don’t have enough time to take care of you, let us tell you why you do.

You can take care of all your aches and pains, lower your stress level and even set yourself up for a better night’s sleep in just 20 minutes a day. When you invest in a Softub that is exactly what you will be doing.

Softub Benefits

The moist heat of a Softub increases circulation to relax sore muscles. The increased circulation also helps relieve any pain that you feel in your joints after a long shift, and what nurse doesn’t end the day with stiff joints? Studies also show that the body temperature changes that occur when soaking in a hot tub for even just 20 minutes, as part of your evening routine, can put your body in an ideal state to fall asleep fast and get a more restful night of sleep. Just imagine starting each day rested and refreshed. Surely you can carve out 20 minutes a day to give yourself all of that special treatment.

Softubs are Easy to Own

Now you’re thinking that you might be able to find 20 minutes for soaking, but you couldn’t possibly find time to do a construction project to install a hot tub or find time to maintain a hot tub. With a Softub, setup literally takes less than an hour. Less than 80 pounds empty, they are easy to move and plug into any dedicated, standard household 110v outlet so no electrician is needed. Your Softub maintenance is very minimal. With just 5 simple steps, some of which only need to be done yearly, you can keep your Softub looking great!  Softubs are very manageable even for the busiest of nurses and the busiest of families.

So as you finish your next shift, think about how soothing it would be to take that Softub soak. If you absolutely knew that a Softub would help one of your patients, would you hesitate to recommend one? We absolutely know that a Softub will benefit you! Please take care of yourself for once and stop by our showroom. Our friendly staff will take care of you from there. See you soon!

Softubs ARE durable

As a Softub dealer, we are constantly dispelling myths about Softubs. Maybe people just think that Softubs are too good to be true, so they come up with reasons that they couldn’t be as good as everyone says. One of the biggest myths is that Softubs are inflatable, which they are not. A second, and the one we will be addressing today, is that Softubs just aren’t durable. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Softubs are incredibly durable. Maybe it is their deceptively simple design that causes all of the confusion, but we are here to put that myth to rest once and for all.

Exterior

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From the outside in, Softubs are made with the technologies that set them apart. We will start with the exterior of a Softub. It is made out of Leathertex. Leathertex offers lifelong durability. It can stand up against any type of weather that Mother Nature throws at it. This makes Softubs great for any kind of extreme temperature. From snow to sun, your Softub will last for years to come. The Leathertex is available in 7 colors, so that durable exterior will look great in any environment.

Interior

The interior of Softubs are made from Polybond. Polybond gives the inside of your Softub that super soft comfort that Softub owners love. That softness does not mean that the interior isn’t stable. With a Softub you get the best of both worlds - softness and stable durability. You never have to worry that those soft walls will be compromised.

Other Features

The technological innovations that go into making the wall construction of a Softub incredibly durable, spills over into the other features too. Like the unique heat recovery system that keeps your Softub at an ideal temperature with only a 15 amp outlet. Design engineers at Softub have gone out of their way to ensure that Softubs are simple, comfortable, and durable. That makes them easy to move, easy to use and easy to love.

Now that you know the truth about Softubs, come out to our showroom so you can see the durability for yourself. Once you experience the quality and durability for yourself you will be ready to take the plunge and buy one for yourself.

Get your Softub ready for summer

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With the dog days of summer quickly approaching, you might not be thinking about your Softub, but you should be. Your Softub will need just a little bit of loving care as you head into summer. Many of these things are just general routine maintenance, but the changing season is the perfect time to get these things done.

Clean the Pipes

As with all water pipes, mildew and nasty sludge build up in your pipes all year. The heat of summer can increase this build up, so you will want to start your summer Softub preparation by cleaning your pipes. You should clean your Softub pipes using Swirl Away Plumbing Cleaner. Start with the old water that has been in your hot tub. Add the Swirl Away to your pipes, the nasty build up will then be pumped out into your Softub.

Drain your Tub

That brings us to the next step, draining your Softub. There are two main reasons you need to drain your tub. The first and most obvious reason is that you have just pumped sludge into your Softub when you cleaned your pipes. Obviously, you don’t want that floating in your tub. Don’t worry you were going to be draining your tub anyway. Summer heat can make your water a little more unstable. Give your tub a fresh start for the summer by draining your Softub. It might sound like a pain, but it is really quite easy. Simply take an unconnected garden hose and hold one end up to a jet (with the jets on). As soon as water starts pumping out the other end, you can drop the hose into the tub and gravity siphoning will take place. Viola, your Softub is drained.

Clean Everything

After your tub is drained, you will want to give the inside of your tub a good clean out. You will also want to give your filter a thorough cleaning. Your filter is a main line of defense for keeping your hot tub clear, so you will want to make sure that it starts the summer clean. If it has been a year since you’ve had a new filter, you should replace your filter altogether. The beginning of summer is a great time to replace your filter, so if you are just setting up your Softub maintenance routine then we suggest planning to replace every year at the beginning of summer.

Refill your Tub

Now that everything is clean, it is time to refill your tub. Just fill it back up with fresh water for your fresh start.

Add Spa Perfect

Summertime brings with it an added challenge for your Softub. In the summer, you sweat more and you probably add sunscreen to your daily skincare routine. This means that the added sweat and sunscreen are coming off in your Softub. This isn’t a problem if you make sure that you are adding Spa Perfect to your tub. The enzymes in Spa Perfect break down the organic waste that accumulates in your spa water. For the summer your Spa Perfect will be working overtime to keep your water clean, so you will want to be sure to add Spa Perfect to your tub every week.

That’s it! Taking care of your routine maintenance at the beginning of summer and adding Spa Perfect weekly are the only things you need to do to continue enjoying your Softub all summer long. If you are running low on Spa Perfect, stop by the showroom or download the app and pick up a supply that will last you all summer long.

 

Routine Maintenance

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We are always talking about how easy it is to install and own a Softub and it is true! Softubs are easy! Unfortunately, Softubs are not magical and they do require some routine maintenance. We have put together 5 simple things that need to be done to keep your Softub performing at its best. Don’t worry some of these things only need to be done once a year. It really is easy - we promise.

Drain your Softub

Even with the best water care, your Softub needs to be drained every 3 to 4 months. With normal use, your body oils, makeup, sweat and soap residue all collect in your hot tub water. Draining your tub every 3 to 4 months will get rid of all the unwanted things that have collected in your water. Some of the signs that your Softub needs to be drained are:

  • cloudy water
  • excessive foaming
  • smelly water
  • trouble maintaining water balance

We suggest that you not wait for these warning signs and put draining your Softub on your calendar. That way your water will always be clean and ready for a soak.

Maintain your Cartridge Filter

Maintaining your Cartridge Filter is a simple task that will keep your water crystal clear. Your filter should be cleaned once a month. When you clean it you should thoroughly rinse the filter. We also recommend that you use a filter cleaner to dissolve body oils from your filter. Simply rinsing it will not get rid of body oils and will keep your filter from doing its job. You should also totally replace your filter once per year. Even if it appears to be clean you should still replace it once a year, because after a year of use the fibers will start to come apart, and it won’t be able to collect the tiny particles that it needs to.

Use Swirl Away

Once a year you should use Swirl Away to thoroughly clean the plumbing lines of your Softub. Like all plumbing lines, they will begin to develop biofilm and sludge internally. Using Swirl Away will clean all the biofilm out of your lines. You will want to do this on a day that you are planning to drain your tub because, after adding Swil Away all of that biofilm will end up in your tub. Then, simply drain your tub, rinse it, and everything will be good as new.

Use Aerospace 303 Vinyl Protectant

Aerospace 303 Vinyl Protectant is like a sunscreen for your Softub. How often you need to use it depends on how much sun exposure your Softub gets. If your Softub gets a lot of sun exposure you may want to use Aerospace 303 monthly. With less exposure, you could use it just 3 to 4 times a year. The application is simple, spray it on and wipe it off with a paper towel. (Note: You should never use Armor All on your Softub since it will deteriorate the seams.)

Test the Water

Weekly you will test your water and adjust your chemicals as needed. Routine preventative care is key to the long-term health of pretty much anything, and your Softub is no exception. Keeping your water balanced and healthy is extremely important. If you ignore unbalanced water for an extended period of time you can cause permanent damage to your Softub or liner - and that is not covered under your warranty.

By doing these 5 simple things you can be sure that your Softub will last for years to come and the water in your tub will always be clean, clear and ready for you. If you still have questions about maintaining your Softub, give us a call at 1.800.996.8827 or live chat with us on our website. We are here to help!

 

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Softub Owner's Testimonials

We could write a hundred articles telling you how great our Softubs are, but we think it means a whole lot more when our customers tell you what they think. Check out these great testimonials from real life Softub owners.

RON

Ron has been a Softub owner for 16 years. He says that he still uses his Softub 5-6 times a week! Ron’s wife was a bit of skeptic, but she couldn’t even tell a difference in their utility bill. Now she’s happy and he’s happy.

 

 

KELLY

Checkout this testimonial from Kelly. She has only owned her Softub for a short while, but she has already nicknamed it “The Goddess.” She loves the comfort of her Softub and says it feels like a giant pillow.

 

 

LARRY

Larry enjoys how easy his Softub was to set up and how easy it is to maintain. Even in the cold Montana winters, he is only paying $6-$8 a month to run his Softub.

 

 

 

Pet Owner

This lady has had her Softub for 20 years. She loves it and her dog loves it too. Her dog suffers from arthritis so he gets to soak about 20 minutes a day to help keep his joints loose.

 

 

 

There you have it. Just a few of our satisfied customers. Whether they are still in the honeymoon phase, or they have had their hot tub for decades, Softub owners are dedicated to their tubs and that says more than we ever could. Come see us at Softub Express and see for yourself why our customers love their Softubs.

Father's Day Softub

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He is always working hard, sacrificing his time and money for the good of the family. He’s there to listen and help whenever he can...he’s dad. Even when he drives you crazy, you still love him and deep down you know that you owe him far more than you can ever repay. We have a gift that can come really close...a Softub. Dad deserves the very best, right? We have compiled our top 10 list for why dad deserves a Softub this year.

  • #10 Dad isn’t as young as he used to be. He needs a way to ease all of the aches that come with old age.
  • #9 He lost hours of sleep waiting for you to sneak in late. Now that you are grown, he deserves to get the best sleep possible. Soaking in his Softub each night before bed will have him sleeping like a baby.
  • #8 Dad could never have anything nice while you were living at home. Now he can.
  • #7 You can make up for all the times you were a pain in the neck, by relieving his current neck pain.
  • #6 He is the ultimate cheapskate and Softubs are far cheaper to run and maintain than a traditional hot tub.
  • #5 It’s better for dad to ride out his midlife crisis in a Softub than burning rubber down the highway.
  • #4 He will have something to do with all of his free time other than driving mom crazy.
  • #3 The more relaxed he feels, the more likely he is to babysit the grandkids.
  • #2 You want to keep dad around as long as possible and studies show that relaxing in a hot tub is good for his cardiovascular health.
  • and the #1 reason you should get dad a Softub this year…He might just let you use it!

Now that we have convinced you, stop by our showroom and get dad all set up with a brand new Softub.

Softub App

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Have you downloaded the Softub Express App yet? It is a great resource for Softub owners and those who are thinking about investing in a Softub. With over 20 features it is so much more than just a hot tub app.

For Softub Owners

Our app is a great resource for our customers, that makes maintaining your Softub easy. You will find a link for quick warranty registration and a video showing how to set up your Softub. There are steps for adding start up chemicals, quick instructions for routine maintenance, and even a convenient link for ordering chemicals before you run out. Owners can also easily share pictures of themselves enjoying their Softub.

For Future Softub Owner

The app is great for people who are interested in Softubs, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. It highlights special deals and upcoming events. App has a link to our photo gallery and customer testimonials so you can check out all of the ways people are loving their Softubs. There is a link directly to our website, social media pages, and blog to keep you up to date on all the recent Softub news.

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Extra Features

Finally, you will even find features that aren't specifically Softub related but could be helpful. For example, the app links to local weather reports so you know what the temperature will be like for your daily soak. There is a notepad that would be perfect for keeping track of maintenance records and pool related notes like which chemicals are running low, etc...

There are so many features on the app that you won’t want to miss out on. So, head over to the app store and download the Softub Express App now!

Memorial Day Party Ideas

Memorial Day is the perfect holiday for hosting an outdoor party for your friends and family. This year, you purchased a Softub so you already know that you will be hosting and you have the perfect centerpiece for your party, but what else should you do?

Decorations

You will want your Memorial Day Party to feel special so put out some decorations. The classic red, white, and blue color scheme is perfect for Memorial Day and is so easy to pull off. This time of year white daisies or red and white carnations are super easy to find and very inexpensive. Pick up a bouquet of flowers, grab a couple of mason jars and some blue ribbon. You can make a few great flower arrangements to set around at your party. To really give it that Memorial Day feel you could grab some small American flags to add to your arrangements. Hang a few red, white, and blue paper lanterns or a banner and you have just transformed your outdoor space into a party.

Entertainment

Yes, we know you already plan to use your Softub as your main source of entertainment and we can assure you that it will be a hit. But, you may want to think about some other entertainment options to set up near your Softub so that everyone can mingle and talk no matter which activity they are participating in. Lawn games like horseshoes, croquet, and ladder ball are all great options. You might also want to strategically set up a few chairs in circles or half circles for your guests to just sit and chat.

Food

No Memorial Day party is complete without great food. We suggest keeping it simple. Fruits, veggies, chips, hamburgers and hot dogs are all great summertime foods that everyone loves. They are also great options for a party where people might be grabbing food throughout the party.

Atmosphere

You will want to set the mood or atmosphere for your party right from the start. Music and lighting are two of the best ways to set the mood. Even if your party will be starting during daylight hours you might want to add additional light sources. Tiki torches or hanging strands of lights keep the party going into the night. Throw on some of your favorite music in the background and you have set the mood for the perfect party.

We know you will love hosting a Memorial Day party around your Softub and hey if you don’t have a Softub yet, it’s not too late. There is virtually no prep work when installing a Softub so come pick one up today and be ready in time for your Memorial Day party.

 

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