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How To Clean a Swimming Pool

Updated on April 27, 2017

Pool Maintenance is Important!

Using pool nets are a great way to scoop out big leaves and limbs from your pool. Sometimes you still have to use your hands though.
Using pool nets are a great way to scoop out big leaves and limbs from your pool. Sometimes you still have to use your hands though. | Source
The vacuum robot will roll around sucking up dirt and small items such as leaves. This is a great invention to have!
The vacuum robot will roll around sucking up dirt and small items such as leaves. This is a great invention to have! | Source
Swimming pool upkeep is a weekly task. It's awesome to own a pool but the upkeep is a task indeed.
Swimming pool upkeep is a weekly task. It's awesome to own a pool but the upkeep is a task indeed. | Source

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Pool Supplies

1. Tarp: A tarp or pool cover is very important for your outdoor pool during the non-summer months. Also, clean the tarp after taking it off the pool as it will likely have a solid build up of bacteria and other molds that need cleaned and sanitized. Having a tarp is helpful if you have a lot of trees surrounding the pool. You still will need to use the skimmer to get sticks and even some leaves out of the pool.

2. Vacuum Robot: An automatic vacuum cleaner or robot is set on a timer. When it is activated, it will bounce across the bottom of the pool eating up debris, small sticks and leaves. Do not expect this device to do it all. You are still going to have to hand pick objects from the bottom of your swimming pool but, this certainly a great help. It will cut out some cleaning time, which will allow you to have more time swimming.

3. Pool Chemicals: There are several chemicals that are necessary if you own a pool but, there are also some optional ones as well. The necessary chemicals are: chlorine tablets, pool shock, algae control and water testing strips. Among the items that are not necessary but, are sill best to have on hand are: tile cleaners, stain removers and water purifiers.

4. Pumps and Motors: It is also very important to do proper cleaning of your pump and motor weekly, while using the pool during the summer months. The drain does not catch everything so you must be sure to keep your pump and motor clear of any debris. Also, once a month clean off all hair and lint off of your pump. Make sure the pump is turned off first.

5. Pool Liners: Some pools have liners and some do not. For those that do, it is important to watch for sticks and limbs which can tear holes in the liners. There are patch kits available that seal up smalls tears. Preventing tears is easy but, anything can happen. Keep any sharp objects away from the pool lining and do not walk on twigs in the pool but, get them out asap. Tearing a liner is harder than you think but, it can be a huge headache if it happens. My advise would be, to try to keep the liner from getting torn.

6. Elbow Grease: If you own a swimming pool, whether it is indoor, outdoor, above ground or in ground, there is the upkeep and maintenance to be done. Unless you can afford a weekly pool guy during the summer months, then be prepared to do a little physical labor. Use the net to sweep the top of the water for leaves, twigs and bugs. Also, keep the filter emptied every day or two. This will be worth your time when you can relax in the pool with your family.

7. Skimmer Basket: Clean out this basket on a regular basis as it holds leaves and bugs. Just know that this basket can also catch frogs, snakes and spiders. This is the easiest thing to do with cleaning a pool you can accomplish. So, do not forget as it is important and only takes 30 seconds.

8. Clean stairs and rails: This area of a pool is often neglected but, it is also one of the dirtiest parts of a swimming pool. The rails are hung on and the stairs are sat on and this is the area that catches the dirt as we first enter the pool. It catches all the grass and dirt as well. Use a cleaning brush or a wash cloth to put sanitizer on your steps and rails on a weekly basis during use. It only takes five minutes to do so. This is one of those things that are necessary in cleaning the pool. This is for safety as well as to be clean. If you do not clean the rails and stairs they will get slimy.

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Always put a tarp over your outdoor pool in the winter months.
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Pool Extras

1. Slides: Slides are definitely a nice highlight to any pool but, they stay wet and build up algae. Always use the proper cleaners tile or otherwise every two weeks during the summer. Be sure and clean underneath the side which is the most neglected area to get cleaned on a slide. Out of sight out of mind as they say I guess.

2. Diving Boards: These nice pool extras are very fun but, they require minor up keep every two weeks during the summer months. Using the right algae cleaner and tile cleaner will help make your board last for a long time.

3. Safety Nets or Buoys: Having these items attached in the center of your swimming pool could save a life some day, you never know. Be sure and routinely unhook the rope and clean the floats and sanitize them.

4. Toys and balls: Beach balls, toys and floats are always in a pool so we must remember that they will build up algae and mildew fast. Make sure and take these items out of the water when they aren't being used and clean them with sanitizer on occasion.

Tips For Cleaning a Pool

Pool Supplies

 
 
 
 
 
 
Vacuum Robot
Net with Handle
Chlorine Tablets
Algae Control
Pool Shock
Tile Cleaner
Water Clarifier
 
 
Items used for cleaning and maintaining a home swimming pool.

Maintaining a Swimming Pool

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    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago

      leslie,

      thanks for the information on what you

      would need to clean a pool

      great information

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