For more bathing pleasure and also for hygienic reasons it is vital that you clean your pool. Here are some instructions and useful tips.
Pool cleaning is a lot of work
Who doesn’t dream of having the opportunity to swim some refreshing lanes in their pool in summer or on warm spring days? However, most people are not aware of the fact that this also means a lot of commitment, and that there is, of course, a lot of work to be done wrong.
Only a clean, well-kept and clean pool is a place to relax and retreat – but the environment makes sure that you always have to lend a hand. To prevent algae, for example, you must use specialized chemical products such as copper sulfate.
In this article, I am going to explain how to clean your pool correctly. I cover the cleaning basics in spring, daily cleaning and pool cleaning in winter.
Regular cleaning with a pump
The easiest way is to use a powerful pump and a mix of light chemical agents to keep the water in the pool clean and clean at all times. The filter ensures that even bigger particles of dirt, leaves, and bushes directly flow off. It is noteworthy that the pump is chosen to match the volume of the pool and the required filter capacity. By the way, a fundamental distinction is established between two types of filters:
A sand filter filters with soft sand grains in a tiny grain size of approximately 0.6 millimeters. Use this filter around five minutes a week to rinse all dirt particles. The sight glass of the pump provides information about the progress of the cleaning process in case of more stubborn dirt.
A cartridge filter, on the other hand, is the more alternative regarding price. You can either switch the cartridge or spray the filter with the garden hose. However, it is crucial that you do not use any chemical agents, as you can damage the filter with so-called flocculants.
Experts recommend that the total amount of water should be circulated entirely at least three times a day – this corresponds to a filter usage of approximately 8 hours, which is the standard commercial performance. If despite these measures, there is still some dirt, you can use a floor vacuum cleaner to suck off the soil and clean it. Leaves and smaller animals that collect on the water surface can be removed quickly with a landing net.
Basic cleaning in spring
Though a pump is used, you should always clean your pool thoroughly at the beginning of the bathing season. For this you need:
- An immersion pump
- A landing net
- Brooms or hand brushes
- A garden hose
- A pool edge cleaner
Step 1 – Remove leaves and vermin
First, remove everything that floats on the water surface with a net. You can do that relatively quickly, so you can move rapidly to the second step.
Step 2 – Drain water
For the next round, you need a submersible pump. If you don’t have such a pump, you should ask the garden center if you can borrow one there. Pump all the water in the pool with it.
This process takes quite a while. In the meantime, you can clean the pool border, i. e. sweep away the tiles, remove weeds, etc. if necessary.
Step 3 – Cleaning the pool
If the pool is empty, then it is best to let the pool edge dry. Afterwards, you can sweep up the coarsest dirt that has collected on the side and the floor much better.
If a lubricating film has formed on the pool edge, it is best to clean it with a special pool edge cleaner. Then rinse everything well with the garden hose.
Step 4 – Fill the pool with water
If your pool is now shiny from the inside, you can fill it with water again.
It is also best to add a chlorine tablet to it. It prevents the water from quickly becoming cloudy again
Pool cleaning in winter
As well as in the cold season, a pool requires sufficient maintenance, especially if you want to keep the necessary cleaning as low as possible at the beginning of spring. The important thing is that you:
- Make sure that the water level falls below the nozzles and the skimmer
- Set its pH value between 7.0 and 7.4.
- Empty all pipelines and the pump. Otherwise, you risk having to replace them again after a few years.
Here is a video explaining how to test the pool pH: