How to Clean Your Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool Leaf Skimmer

This leaf skimmer features a wide pick-up surface and sturdy aluminum construction.

At PoolGear Plus, we understand that our customers enjoy their swimming pools more when maintenance is as easy and convenient as possible.  To that end, here’s a simple program for cleaning your pool: 

-Gather tools: a pool skimmer, pumice stone or tile brush, pool wall brush, vacuum head and hose, and telescopic pole. 

-Skim your pool for floating leaves and debris.  Don’t wait until they sink – they’ll be harder to remove and will stain pool surfaces. 

-Scrub scale along the water line away, using a pumice stone (keep it wet to avoid scratching tile, and never use a pumice stone on a vinyl liner) or tile brush for tiled areas.   

-Empty your skimmer and pump baskets. 

automatic pool cleaner

This pool cleaner has the power to clean your in-ground pool in 3 hours!

-Manually vacuum your pool, unless you own an automatic pool cleaner.  If you do, just turn it on and relax!  If you don’t, follow this pool vacuuming procedure: 

  • Attach the vacuum head to a telescopic pole and the hose to the vacuum head.  Slowly lower it into the pool. 
  • When the vacuum head reaches the bottom, continue feeding the hose into the pool until all air has been purged from the hose.  If you connect the hose to your pool pump with air in it, you could ruin your pump. 
  • Pass the end of the hose through the skimmer door and plug it into the vacuum port.  Turn on the pump to start the vacuum’s suction.  Make sure the vacuum inlet is the only open line to the pump. 
  • Vacuum your pool, beginning at the shallow end and working your way to the deep end with long, slow, sweeping strokes.  

-Brush the pool’s sides and floor using an 18” nylon or poly-bristle brush and moving dirt towards the drain. As with vacuuming, start at the shallow end and work towards the deep end with long strokes.

-Wash your pool cleaning tools with fresh water and store them out of the sun.  Chemicals in pool water and the sun’s rays will make them deteriorate faster.

-Backwash or clean your filter and empty your skimmer and pump baskets again.

-Add water if your water level is low.  Remain in the area while adding water to avoid flooding.  Don’t use softened water in your pool, because it causes corrosion and rapid chlorine loss.

PoolGear Plus offers many tools for making swimming pool maintenance easier.  Need help selecting a cleaning tool?  Just call 888-766-5432 and a Pool Care Expert will be happy to help!

Posted: Thursday, December 9th, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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4 Responses to “How to Clean Your Swimming Pool”

  1. Fred Says:

    Nice simple to the point article.
    This is something every pool installer should put in their own words and give to the customer after installation. Great blog.

  2. Pool Cleaning in Dana Point Says:

    There seems to be a lot of people these days for organic cleaning agents… I have had some really difficult timeswith these not really doing enough to actually “clean”. Any other ideas out there? By the way, great article thanks!

  3. rlynn Says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Fred!

  4. rlynn Says:

    Organic cleaning agents must be evaluated in the same way as “regular” cleaning agents; some work better than others and a lot depends on what you are trying to clean. For swimming pools, enzymatic cleaners work well at breaking down sunscreens, body oils, and other organic contaminants and they are both powerful and eco-friendly. Suncoast Oil & Scum remover is a natural enzyme product that is used for breaking down scum lines around pool tiles and is 100% biodegradable.