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Why, When, & How to Clean Your Pool

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If you have just purchased a pool, or you just bought a house with a pool this will give you some great advice on the basics of cleaning your pool.

Why clean your pool?

Cleaning your pool is important, even if you are using a sanitizer. Sanitizers help to a degree, but they are mostly to keep the water clean and safe. Cleaning the surface areas by brushing and removing debris is just as important as sanitizing. 

Think of it like brushing your teeth. If you were to only swish around mouth wash daily, will that mean that your teeth are clean? No! Just as important as brushing all of your teeth, it is important to brush all surface areas of your pool. 

As Bioguard states, cleaning your pool helps you stay safe by preventing disease, protecting equipment, and providing the desired environment.  

When to clean your pool?

  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly

Skimming the water daily will help prevent debris from landing at the bottom of the pool and put less work on the vacuum. It is recommended that you brush all surface areas of your pool at least once a week. Vacuuming is recommended as needed. 

Unique circumstances will change when things happen in your pool such as algae growth, scale build-up, etc. However, it is strongly recommended that you continually test your water chemistry with a test strip at least twice a week and take in a water sample to your dealer at least once or twice a month. Check out this Bioguard video and their 3-step system:

 

How to clean your pool?

  • Use a skimmer to skim off the leaves and debris on the surface. 
  • Use a vacuum to vacuum the bottom of your pool. 
  • Use a brush to scrub the walls and dead spots of your pool. It is crucial to understand which brush to choose for your pool as well. 
    • If you have unpainted concrete, use a brush with both stainless steel and nylon bristles. 
    • If you have a gunite pool, use a brush with stainless steel bristles. 
    • If you have a fiberglass, vinyl, or painted concrete pool, use a brush with nylon bristles only. 

Be sure to scrub every single spot in your pool to brush away any lurking algae formations, including the ladders and corners. 

Quick Tips

1. Never use household cleaners in or around your pool.

2. When in doubt, give your local pool dealer a call!

3. Keep the pool filter clean and free of debris.

4. Always keep an eye on the water chemistry.

 

We hope that you were able to jot down some of these great tips for cleaning your pool. Sometimes it may feel like a daunting task, but it is necessary. We often give homeowners the comparison of brushing their teeth to understand the importance of keeping their pool clean. There are so many contaminants that can make a pool dirty, it is best to clean it daily.  We also highly recommend continually brushing, skimming and vacuuming. There is no such thing as too clean of a pool! If you are unsure of the products that you need, stop by our store and we will get you everything that you need. We can even test your water for you at the store to check you water chemistry levels.  

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