Tips on Cleaning Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 07-26-2010 in Articles

When it is hot outside, there is nothing better than jumping into a cool, blue pool. If you have your own, you can enjoy it whenever you want! Many people stick with the public pools because of the cost of care and maintenance is too high, but it doesn't have to be! Learning how to clean your own pool is a great way to save money and ensure that you know what is going in to your water. Follow these steps and you can be on your way to a clean pool in no time!

1. You'll need a few tools for the job. Get together a leaf skimmer, a pool vacuum, a wall and floor brush, an algae brush and a tile brush.

2. Use a pool vacuum on the walls and floor of your pool at least once a week, even if your pool has an automatic system. This way you know that every surface has been cleaned properly, as many automatic-cleaning systems and vacuums can miss parts of the pool while doubling up on others. Spend extra time on the corners and stairs that may not get very much circulation. Vacuum back and forth across the swimming pool, overlapping slightly on each

3. Use the leaf skimmer to grab any floating objects (leaves, mostly) before they sink to the bottom of the pool. By keeping up with this regularly, you ensure that the pool's circulation system stays at maximum efficiency and you reduce the need for chlorine.

4. Keep the strainer baskets clear by cleaning them out regularly. This is essential to the function of the circulation system, which is the pool's best tool for staying clean. Do this at least once a week, particularly if your vacuum is connected to its own skimmer.

5. Brush the pool walls at least once a week, so you can clear them of calcium scale and algae buildup. Choose your brush based on the kind of pool you have,if you have a plaster-lined concrete pool, you can use a stiff brush. If you have fiberglass or vinyl, you will need a softer brush. The same is true of tiled pools. If you have scum at your water-line on tile, use a nonabrasive chlorine-based liquid and a sponge to remove it. If there are spots, use a nylon scouring pad or a pumice stone. Check with your pool's manufacturer before using any chemicals, as they will know best what will work to remove stains without damaging the pool.

6. You should check the pH of your pool regularly to ensure that bacteria and algae do not flourish there. Use a sanitizer to help fight bacteria, and shock the pool regularly to keep the water as clear as possible. "Shocking" a pool is simply oxidizing the water to break down water-soluble waste like skin cells, body oils and cosmetics. You'll need shock chemicals that correspond to the kind of filter system you have, they should be available at your pool dealer's store.

If you take care of your own pool, you will dramatically cut costs on owning a wonderful luxury-- maybe with the money you save you can buy a slide!

Learn more tips and tricks on home cleaning and maintenance at our Denver house cleaning website. Our blog has a large list of great articles on an array of home cleaning topics.

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