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Hot Tub Covers and COVID-19


The hot tub cover industry was hit pretty hard at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic for a few reasons. And as of March 2022 it doesn’t appear that things will be getting better in the near future.

In 2008 the USA and the rest of the world experienced a global recession and that caused a domino effect that we are still feeling today. Many of the hot tub cover manufacturers either went out of business or they moved their operations to countries such as Mexico and China. It was a tough time, fortunately Spa Covers Etc. was able to survive and we are still in business. located in Southern California.


In March of 2020 we were hit with Covid-19 and the world came to a stand still. Well… not really. What really happened was that everyone stayed at home and got really, really bored. Some were paid to stay home and some were fortunate enough to retire early, blah, blah, blah. My point is sales in industries such as HOME IMPROVEMENT went NUTS! Sales of hot tubs began to soar. Customer’s with existing hot tubs wanted new hot tub covers. Suddenly everyone wanted a new hot tub cover but the industry wasn’t prepared for the demand.

Since the 2008 recession ONLY 2 of the 3 manufactures of hot tub covers in Mexico are still in business. And the 3rd was acquired by one of the remaining two, creating a huge back-log.

TODAY – March 2022, Boy, Oh Boy have I heard stories from other customers about the nightmares they have gone through. AND frankly, I cant believe the patience some people have. I’m actually amazed. As recently as last year 2021, Spa Covers Etc. was offering a standard production time of only 2 weeks. Today its EIGHT (8) weeks. At first I thought 8 weeks would be a deal-killer. Then I found out that the “industry standard” of 6-8 weeks that all my competition quotes on their websites had been raised to 12 weeks “and up”. In reality production was taking over 6 MONTHS. I had a customer referred to us by our competition. He said he was told it would be over 1 year before he could get his new cover. WOW!

So what’s really going on?

You heard about the back-logs of container ships waiting at the Port of Long Beach & Port of L.A., right? YES we have been hit a couple of times last summer. That didn’t help

You have heard about a trucking shortage? Partially True. The real problem is the INCREASE in shipping/ freight charges. I’m not just talking about how much it cost to ship a box with UPS to your neighbor. When materials are shipped from another country you rent the container that it being shipped in. The rental fee has increase OVER 1000% in the last 18 months.When you have a spa cover shipped, it is shipped by an independent freight company. Their fees have also sky-rocketed by over 300%.

OK, but why the big delay and long wait?

The back-log at the ports don’t help. The lack of truckers isn’t great. In MY opinion this is the real reason for the delays: The Hot Tub Mfg. CAN’T sell hot tubs without hot tub covers. They have relied on a cheap supplier of covers for years and when the pandemic hit they were in a world of hurt. Already in February of 2020 a friend of mine that sells hot tubs told me that a customer wanted a new hot tub but couldn’t get it for 9 months due to the lack of covers. For awhile the Mexico/ USA border was closed and the covers made in Mexico couldn’t get to their destinations. They had to find a new source. The Mfg. of Hot Tubs began to source hot tub covers made in the USA but there aren’t many left. However, some of the hot tub cover manufacturers saw big $$$ ahead of them and decided to take on the new customers. They knew that the Hot Tub companies would order 150 covers a week, usually the same model and same color. The hot tub covers could be mass produced. BUT what about the replacement spa covers? There are OVER 1000 models of hot tubs out there. Spa Covers Etc offers spa covers in 16 colors. That alone would create a need for over 16,000 different possibilities. The obvious answer – sell hot tub covers to the hot tub manufacturers and put the little guy, that only needs one (1) replacement cover, on the back-burner.

Spa Covers Etc. deals EXCLUSIVELY with the retail public. We specialize in replacement hot tub/ spa covers. Our covers are Made in USA since 1989 so we don’t have issues with the USA/ Mexico boarder closing. We WON’T put you on the back-burner in order to please a customer that is willing to spend more money. Our standard production time is about 8 weeks. Sometimes less, sometimes a bit more. The thing most people do not realize when they are told how long the production time is, it ONLY takes a few days to make your cover. The wait time is waiting for your turn. The factory is able to make hundreds of covers per week but its those that are waiting in the queue ahead of you. This is where the wait time comes from when you buy from Spa Covers Etc.. Best Customer Service! Quick, Local Production, Custom Covers, Free Shipping in California – That’s Spa Covers Etc. in a nutshell.

Call Chris (the owner) today to discuss your hot tub cover project.


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Spa Cover Foam – International Resin Shortage


The resin (glue) that is used to bind the foam beads together, to make foam is in short supply. Already, as of February 2022 rumors have begun to circulate. Companies that purchase resin for manufacturing will be limited to just 40% based on what they bought in 2021. That’s a 60% decline!

This will have a HUGE impact on the Spa Cover industry. When the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, manufacturers of spas & hot tubs realized that they had a problem on their hands. Since 2008 many of the hot tub companies had moved production of their hot tubs to Mexico or China (we are in the USA). They have been able to purchase cheaply priced spa covers with relatively quick production times and had no intentions to bring manufacturing back to the USA.

As far as I know, NOT ONE manufacturer of spas or hot tubs actually makes the cover sold with their spa.

Fast forward to April 2022 and its beginning to take its toll. Ive had customers tell me that they purchased a spa cover from another company and after 6 months they still haven’t received it. Typical production delays have been between 6 to 8 weeks here in California due to things like delays at the Port of L.A. and Port of San Pedro. But that doesn’t explain why their customers hadn’t received the cover after 6 or more months. Typical production time with Spa Covers Etc. is about 8 weeks. A bit longer for templates and free-formed spa covers.

Because the Spa & Hot Tub manufacturers do NOT make their own covers, they have to buy them from somebody that does (just like we do).  BUT because they are BIG business they can bully their way to the TOP of the list. Imagine you have 100 dealers that sell 2 or 3 covers a week or you could sell 200 covers per week to just one Hot Tub company all at once. Hmmm. Sure you may have to give a discount but you can make the same cover all day long like an assembly line. Ask Mr. Ford which option he would choose.

Here is the difference…. Spa Covers Etc. has been in business since 1997. The owner has sold and tested other brands of spa covers and the choice was obvious…. The best brand of spa covers is Ideal™ Spa Covers. Since Spa Covers Etc. has been a customer of Ideal™ Spa Covers for over 20 years and the fact that we offer FREE local delivery, we are at the factory every week picking up spa covers. For many years Ideal™ Spa Covers accumulated dealers from all over the USA to sell their spa covers. We choose to sell their spa cover because of their reputation. Ideal™ Spa Covers provides preferential treatment to their loyal customers. They do NOT put the LITTLE guy on the back burner.

If you are thinking about buying a spa cover and they tell you production time is MORE than 8 weeks, you have to ask yourself, do they want to sell me 1 spa cover or 100 covers to a BIG company with $$$?

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Spa Cover Care



With proper spa cover care it will last for many years. Have you owned a spa cover in the past only to have it wear out in just a few short years? Did you ever clean it? Did you put any type of protectant on it?

  • Most importantly, the spa cover needs to be cleaned every 4 to 6 weeks. Use a garden hose and a gentle liquid soap such as Ivory, Palmolive or Dawn dish washing soap.
  • Wet and wash the spa cover. Use a sponge to lift the dirt once the soap has been applied. Do NOT use any abrasives (SOS pad).
  • Rinse and dry the spa cover to prevent hard water stains.
  • (It is best to clean the cover in the morning while it is cool, before the sun heats it up.)







Every other month we recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant to prevent slow fade by 95% over the next 5 years. Your spa cover will love you and you will love how the old cover looks new. Simply spray on the 303 and wipe of excess. The 303 Aerospace Protectant has a SPF 40, its like sunscreen for your stuff!

For more information about spa/ hot tub covers and 303 Aerospace Protectant visit us @Spa Covers Etc – Home Page



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Protecting Your Investment: Why a Sundance Spa Cover Is Essential

For those lucky enough to own a Sundance spa, you understand it’s not just a purchase; it’s an investment in your well-being and home’s value. Yet, like any significant investment, it requires protection to ensure its longevity and continued performance. This is where a high-quality spa cover, specifically designed for your Sundance spa, becomes indispensable.

At Spa Covers, etc., we’re dedicated to helping you protect your oasis, offering specialized services in Orange County, CA, and most cities in Los Angeles County. Thus, let’s explore why a Sundance spa cover is essential and how our services cater to your needs.


A spa cover serves multiple critical functions, from maintaining water temperature and cleanliness to ensuring safety. The right spa cover can significantly reduce your spa’s heating costs by preventing heat loss, a key concern for spa owners.

Additionally, it keeps out debris, dirt, and leaves, which can compromise the spa’s water quality and potentially damage its filtration system. More importantly, a securely fitted spa cover is a safety barrier, preventing accidents and unsupervised access, especially in homes with children or pets.


At Spa Covers Etc., we understand that each spa is different, especially for high-quality brands like Sundance and Cal Spas. That’s why we offer personalized services tailored to your specific needs like Cal Spa cover:


Our experts will visit your home to professionally measure your spa, ensuring a perfect fit for your cover. This visit also allows us to showcase the various features and colors available and address any questions you may have, providing a personalized shopping experience.


Free-formed or uniquely shaped spas require precise template to ensure the cover contours accurately fit the spa’s shape. We provide this service at no extra cost, guaranteeing a seamless fit for every spa.


Available seven days a week, our seasoned experts bring over 30 years of experience to the table. Whether you have questions about maintenance, customization, or anything in between, we’re here to offer our guidance and support, ensuring you make the most informed decision for your Cal Spa cover.


Investing in a Cal or Sundance spa cover is not just about protection; it’s about ensuring your cherished relaxation spot’s longevity, efficiency, and safety. With Spa Covers Etc., you’re not just getting a cover; you’re receiving a comprehensive service designed to meet the unique needs of your spa.

From our in-home measuring service to our expert phone consultations, we’re dedicated to providing the highest level of care and quality to spa owners in Orange County, CA, and Los Angeles County. Protect your investment with a spa cover that fits perfectly, looks great, and lasts for years.

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Crafting Your Spa’s First Line of Defense: Custom Cover Essentials

Spa Covers Etc., is where we understand your spa and hot tub cover requirements’ unique needs. Your spa is an investment in your home and a sanctuary for relaxation and well-being.

Protecting this oasis is most significant, and it starts with the very first line of defense: a custom-made spa cover. Therefore, we’ll explore why opting for custom spa covers, such as our Super Foam and Heavy Duty options, is essential for your spa’s longevity and peace of mind.


The right spa cover does more than just protect your spa from debris and the elements; it ensures energy efficiency, maintains water cleanliness, and enhances safety. At Spa Covers Etc., we craft portable spa covers tailored to fit your spa or hot tub perfectly.

Unlike off-the-shelf options, our custom-made spa covers are designed to match your spa’s exact dimensions and shape, ensuring a snug fit that minimizes heat loss and keeps out unwanted guests.


Understanding that spas and hot tubs come in various installations, we’ve developed two premier options to cater to your needs: the Super Foam and the Heavy Duty spa covers. Designed with in-ground or deck-installed spas in mind, these covers serve as evidence of our dedication to excellence and durability.


Recognized as our most popular option for in-ground spas, the Heavy Duty cover is engineered for resilience. It is perfect for all climates and features robust foam reinforced with a steel “C” channel. This addition not only prevents sagging but also enhances the structural integrity of the cover, ensuring it stands the test of time and the elements.


The Super Foam cover offers unparalleled insulation and strength for those seeking an extra layer of protection with the option of portable spa covers. This cover is ideal for spa owners who desire added peace of mind, particularly in regions with extreme weather conditions. The increased insulation also means better energy efficiency, keeping your spa warm without the high energy costs.


Selecting the ideal spa cover is essential for safeguarding your investment and maintaining your spa as a place of pleasure and rest. With Spa Covers Etc., you’re not just purchasing a cover; you’re investing in the longevity of your spa and the safety of your loved ones. Whether you opt for our Heavy Duty cover’s resilience or the Super Foam’s enhanced insulation, you can rest assured that your spa is protected by the best in the business.

Protect your spa with Spa Covers Etc. because your sanctuary deserves the best defense. Explore our custom-made spa covers today and find the perfect match for your spa.