What the Pros Know About Cleaning Pools  

by Pool Builders on 08-15-2012 in Articles

Cleaning your pool is necessary for your comfort and to protect your equipment. Cleaning your pool is pretty simple if you have the right tools and if the pool is not surrounded by trees or bushes that keep filling it with leaves.

The first thing you want to do when cleaning your pool is to establish a cleaning routine that you can do while you're enjoying your pool. Here are a few things you will need to get started: First, you'll need a pool skimmer or net, a pumice stone or tile brush, a pool wall brush, a vacuum head and hose, and a telescopic pole. Once you have the right tools, you can begin to take care of your pool.Below are a few step-by-step rules to follow to keep your pool looking good all summer:âEUR¢ Skim the surface for floating leaves and debris. Skim the top below they go to the bottom of the pool. It's a lot easier to get them as they are floating.âEUR¢ Use a pumice stone or tile brush to clean the sides of the tiles for any debris that is accumulated.âEUR¢ Empty your skimmer and pump baskets weekly.âEUR¢ Manually vacuum your pool, unless you have an automatic pool cleaner.âEUR¢ Brush the pool's sides and floor using a poly-bristle brush while moving the dirt and debris towards the drain.âEUR¢ If your water level is low, add more water.âEUR¢

Do not forget to clean the exterior of an above ground pool, as a little exterior maintenance is needed to keep the pool in good condition. âEUR¢ Suntan lotions and sprays do come off in water. They will adhere to the liner along with dust, dirt particles, algae and scum. Use a vinyl liner cleaner to wipe off the liner above water level.

âEUR¢ If you use a sand filter cleaning your filter is necessary in order to remove sediment and other contaminants from the sand. âEUR¢ To keep your water algae-free use a 3 month algaecide. Pour one bottle of any brand of 3 month algaecide in when you open the pool. So keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn't have to be as daunting as you might think. All pools are different, and so are their maintenance needs. However, they all share one commonality: The secret to immaculate pool health is regular, routine care. These tips listed above for cleaning your outdoor swimming pool for summer will help you spend less time maintaining your pool and more time enjoying it. A little easy and inexpensive maintenance can avoid large costly repairs or replacement bills down the road. If you don't have the time to keep up with your pool maintenance, hiring a quality pool service company is also a great way to protect your investment. Enjoy your pool and swim safely!

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