It’s great to have a pool that you can use to relax and have a refreshing time. But to be able to enjoy your pool all summer, it has to be sparkling clean. Regular maintenance will save you the repair costs, and elongate the life span of your pool.
Here are our tips on how to keep your pool clean.
Skim the Surface Daily
We wanted to start the list with an easy one. You see leaves and debris on the surface of your pool, you skim them. If you have the right equipment, you can do it yourself. Just remember to do it as often, preferably daily, or else, you will find that it’s a lot of work to do on the weekend. If you don’t have a skimmer, you can always use an old window screen.
Remove the Stains
Stains are one of the worst things that can happen to your pool tiles. To get rid of them, you need to identify the type of stain. It can be caused by metals and minerals, rust or material like leaves, dirt, oil, or algae. Each type of stain requires different methods of cleaning. When you have trouble maintaining your pool, you have the option to call a cleaning service. That applies as well if you can’t tell the cause of the stain in your pool. Find a good stain-removing service and call them, and a technician will tell you the problem in your pool and how to fix it.
Balance the Chemicals in Your Pool
If the chemicals in your pool aren’t balanced, the water will be murky and will leave residue on your skin. It’s important to know the six chemical levels and how to balance them. There are kits you can buy from a pool store to test the waters and know the chemical levels. Ask the storekeeper on how to adjust the levels so they’re well-balanced. After balancing the levels, you’ll notice a difference right away, as the water will be clear.
Clean the Pool Filter
Your pool needs to be cleaned a few times per year, but it depends on how often you use it. There are signs the filter needs to be cleaned. Take a look at the drain at the bottom of the pool. If it’s obstructed, you will need to clean the filter. The same goes if the hose cleaner is sluggish or if the pool produces unpleasant odors. We advise you to get a cartridge filter because it will keep the water clear, save it from getting wasted, and you will only need to clean it once or twice per year.
Use a Tennis Ball to Absorb Oils
When we get out of the pool, we leave our oils behind. That includes suntan oil, hair products, and natural oils produced by the skin. This can be a problem because, over time, it will leave visible traces in the pool and make it unclean. Luckily, your barely used tennis-ball can come to the rescue. Tennis balls are made of fibers that absorb the oils in the water, so just throwing one in the pool will do the trick.
Scrub the Sides of the Pool
Scrubbing will keep the sides of your pool looking clean and fresh. You can do it every once in a while, but at least twice a month. If you don’t do it, there will be algae build-up. When you start noticing it growing, you can use a scrub brush and a chlorine-based cleaner. If a stain doesn’t come out, leave an old sock filled with chlorine on the exact spot, for a few hours. Then, scrub again and the stubborn stain should be gone.
Get an Automatic Pool Cover
Investing in an automatic pool cover will save you time and money. Your pool will stay clean for longer as it will get less debris and algae growth. The sunlight won’t reduce the effect of the chlorine in the pool. And the temperature will stay consistent. It’s a great idea since we don’t use the pool for most of the year anyway.
Your pool is like your house and your car. It needs to be well-taken care of and well-maintained. Cleanness is the number one maintenance strategy. You can create reminders on your phone to scrub the sides every two weeks. Skimming will have to be done daily unless you cover it. Any problems like murkiness, odors, or stains need to be addressed as soon as possible. Remember to change the pool water every 2-3 years to prevent algae and bacteria build-up. And if there’s something you don’t know how to fix, don’t shy away from calling professionals that can handle it the best.