Posted on: 18 July 2017
It's very important that you keep your home's pool clean and well-maintained, so that the pump, filter, and other such parts don't wear out sooner than they should, and so that the pool is always safe for swimming. Note a few simple tips for cleaning and maintaining your pool at home, so you know it's always in good condition and ready for a summer swim.
You may vacuum and pool floor and skim the surface of the water, and also run the pump and filter as needed, but these tasks typically won't get rid of oily residue in the pool. These oils can come from sunscreen, body lotions, oils in your hair, and even your natural skin oils, and they easily build up over time. If you notice that your pool's water seems to have an oily surface, a simple solution is to toss a tennis ball in the water. The ball will float along the surface and absorb much of that oil; once the ball is discoloured and that oily appearance on the water goes away, you can just retrieve the ball and put it in the rubbish.
Washing the deck
You may not associate a clean deck with a clean pool, but if you let leaves, twigs, seeds, mud, dirt, pet hair, and other such debris collect around the pool, it only takes a slight breeze for these things to make their way into the pool. In turn, they can easily clog the filter and settle on the pool floor. Get in the habit of power washing the deck area around the pool, or at least giving it a good sweeping as needed, and especially if you have pets, plants, or trees on your property that tend to leave a lot of these types of debris on the deck.
Use baking soda
If you've added the wrong mixture or amount of chemicals to your pool, the water may become very acidic. Baking soda has naturally alkaline properties, so it's a very affordable way of reducing that acidity of pool water. Baking soda can also be used to scrub the sides of the pool if there is any type of hard water stains or calcium build-up, as it won't scratch the pool's tile or vinyl liner. If your pool's water is ever too acidic, just sprinkle some baking soda on your pool's scrub brush and use that to clean the pool walls. This will keep the pool clean while also adjusting the water's chemistry, much more easily and affordably than expensive chemicals and cleansers.Share