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How Inflatable Swimming Pools Can Be Cleaned Thoroughly

Updated on April 3, 2012
Ways to Keep Inflatable Swimming Pools Clean
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Inflatable swimming pools can be a less expensive and more practical solution to summer fun than traditional in ground or above ground pools. But they carry the same potential hazards as any pool, and therefore require thorough cleaning on a regular basis. This will help to prevent damage, and to keep the water fresh and clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

Like any other swimming pools, inflatable ones use a filter and pump to circulate and clean the water. The filter needs to be free of any large debris that can block it and prevent it from functioning properly. Any toys or other large objects should be removed from the pool to avoid damaging the soft sides, as holes are one of the biggest hazards in any portable swimming pool.

Aside from this general maintenance, there are other steps you can take to thoroughly clean inflatable swimming pools. The first is to empty the pool of water, then carefully brush the sides and bottom to loosen and remove any built up algae and dirt. You can use a soft brush to accomplish this with larger deposits of dirt and algae. Once you have loosened everything up, you’ll want to use a specially designed pool vacuum to pick up the rest.

Vacuums are commonly used in all types of swimming pools. There are different types of vacuums, powered by either a pump, battery or hand pump. The one you use will depend on the size of your pool and the filtration system you have. You can get a pool vacuum from any dealer and you’ll want to make sure you get one specifically approved for use on a portable swimming pool.

Once you’ve cleaned the pool surface itself, you’ll also want to pay particular attention to the skimmer basket. This basket is intended to catch larger debris and prevent it from reaching the filter. It should be checked regularly to ensure no damage occurs to inflatable swimming pools. Keeping the skimmer basket clean will help to reduce time and effort when it comes to regularly scheduled cleaning.

Like all pools, the water in inflatables needs to be kept clean to prevent bacteria and other harmful substances from collecting in it. Test the balance of alkalinity and acidity on a regular basis and make sure it is kept in check by adding chemicals as necessary. This will ensure a safe, clean environment for everyone who uses your portable swimming pool.

Inflatable swimming pools can be fun for everyone but only if they are kept clean. When you clean your pool, make sure you also take the time to clean off any pool toys or rafts so that they don’t contaminate the water. With just a few minutes each week, you can keep your pool in top shape all summer long and make it a fun gathering place for the whole family.

Having a pool doesn’t have to mean enduring the expense of building or outfitting your yard. Inflatables are quick and easy to use and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit everyone from children to adults. Consider buying one for your family today, but if you do make sure you take the necessary steps to keep it clean.


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