7 tips for simple pool cleaning

09 March 2018

When cleaning your pool, you often follow some routine procedure. In this way, pool cleaning is reduced to performing a number of standard tasks. While this will not be a problem in the short run, we nevertheless advise you to regularly pay attention to the following when cleaning the pool.

7 tips for simple pool cleaning

1. Cleaning the pool edge

Cleaning the pool edge is often postponed, because it is a labour-intensive and time-consuming task. We do, however, advise you to clean the pool border at regular intervals.

That way you can avoid lime scale build-up at the water line. The longer you postpone this, the harder it will be to remove the lime scale.

Therefore, it is important to regularly take some time to carefully clean the pool border. It is the key to a perfect water line, without any formation of scale on the pool surface and walls.

Adding flocculant

2. Adding flocculant

If the same water is used for a long period of time, a number of concentrations may increase. Calcium, iron, copper... can become a problem and even cause brown stains in the pool. To avoid this, a flocculant should be used.

It will precipitate all these dirt particles, so they can be easily removed from the pool with a pool vacuum. All you need to do is place the bags of flocculant in the skimmers.  The filtration will distribute the product and let it do its work.

This product has the added advantage of providing clear pool water. In other words, this flocculant is indispensable!

3. Vacuum cleaning the pool

The next step is to remove these dirt particles, which can be done with a pool vacuum. These come in dozens of variants.

Manual vacuums are relatively inexpensive. Here too, however, there are different price categories. Our general experience is that a more expensive vacuum such as the Fairlocks cleans better than a cheap variant.  Moreover, a Fairlocks pool cleaner also cleans much faster than a cheaper cleaner.

However, cleaning the pool with a manual vacuum takes much time and is quite labour intensive. The ideal alternative is the automatic pool cleaner. Here, you let the vacuum do all the work for you. The purchase price cannot be compared with that of a manual vacuum. However, an automatic pool cleaner is not only more convenient, but also allows you to save on the number of products needed for pool maintenance.

Vacuum cleaning the pool
Removing leaves

4. Removing leaves

Leaves adversely affect the quality of the water because they absorb much of the chlorine. That is why they should be removed at regular intervals.

This can be done with a skimming net, but also the skimmer basket should be emptied regularly, as it will often contain also a large amount of leaves.

5. Cleaning the roll deck cover

A large amount of dirt particles will build up on and in the pool cover. To  remove these and maintain the appearance of the roll deck, you should take the time to thoroughly clean the pool cover.

A good product for this is the Roldeck Descaler. Use a proper sponge to clean the roller deck, which should not take too much time. After cleaning, it is recommended to wait some time before using the pool again. You should allow the product to become fully absorbed. It is therefore best to do a day without swimming.

Backwashing the pool filter

6. Backwashing the pool filter

Backwashing the pool filter is an absolute prerequisite. Without a backwash the filter can block up completely. In extreme conditions, this may even cause the filter to explode.

The solution, however, is quite simple. Have the filter perform a backwash once a week in order to remove the dirt particles. Once they have been removed from the pool, the pressure inside the filter can no longer increase. 

7. Regularly refreshing the water

Our last tip is something you need to do only a few times per year. Adding fresh water to the pool will reduce certain concentrations of salts and metals such as chlorides, iron, copper, etc.

These concentrations must be reduced to ensure proper disinfection of the pool. Moreover, high concentrations of metals can cause brown stains in the pool.

How to avoid this? Make sure to add 3 to 5% of the total water volume to the swimming pool at least 3 times per year. Attention: never use well water for this purpose. This water contains too high concentrations of these metals and will only make matters worse.

Do you have any further questions about cleaning your swimming pool? Then do not hesitate to contact us.