If you have a private swimming pool, you should save on maintenance costs by cleaning the pool yourself. This is a tough job and you will need to monitor the chemical levels in your pool at least three times a week. However, you need to do this to keep the pool clean and safe during use.
Part 1 of 4: Picking up and Brushing Dirt
Step 1. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment
Before taking and brushing the pool, make sure all equipment is available.
- Make sure you have a telescopic stick. Most swimming pool cleaning products come on a stick like this, so it's a good idea to have one. The sticks need to be wiped down first to make sure they are free of dirt and debris that can contaminate your pool.
- You must have a skimmer or leaf net. This tool is in the form of a small net attached to the end of a telescopic stick and is used to pick up leaves and other debris from the surface of the pool water. As with all pool cleaning products, leaf skimmers should be cleaned regularly.
- Make sure you have a pool brush. This tool is used to clean the sides, steps and risers of your pool. Dirt and dust can get caught on the brush, so make sure you clean this tool regularly too.
Step 2. Clean the surface of the pond with a leaf skimmer
The first step in cleaning a pond is to use a leaf skimmer. In fact, this step should be done every day to ensure your swimming pool is free of contamination.
- This step is the easy part of swimming pool maintenance. Attach the skimmer to the telescopic stick to get started.
- Then, use the net to pick up the dirt. Foliage often falls into outdoor pools. You can simply use a net skimmer to clean foreign objects from the surface of the pool water.
Step 3. Brush the pool walls and ladder
After you've removed any dirt floating on the pool's surface, use a pool brush to clean the walls, stairs and pool rungs. This step should be done every week. Attach the pool brush to the telescopic wand and brush the pool areas, and apply more force if the dirt is stubborn enough. Pay more attention to areas with poor water circulation, for example on the stairs,
Part 2 of 4: Sucking the Pool
Step 1. Select the pool vacuum
Pool suction is used to clean the pool floor. There is a wide variety of pool suckers depending on the type of pool and personal needs.
- Automatic cleaners are available in three types. We do not recommend using a vacuum cleaner as it often sucks up objects such as rocks, which can damage the filtration system. The pressure-side cleaner is attached to the return jet in the pool filtration system and works by removing impurities from the filtered water and placing it in a disposable bag. However, this method requires you to do some filtering. The most efficient automatic cleaners are robotic pool cleaners. This self-contained unit surrounds the bottom of the pool and collects debris. However, this method costs a lot of money.
- You can save money by using a manual pool sucker. You can buy this tool online or at a hardware store. This vacuum cleaner comes with a user manual that you should read when installing and using the appliance.
Step 2. Prepare the suction device
After you have selected the pool suction tool that best suits your needs, prepare your tool. Most pool vacuum cleaners come with a user manual that is worth reading.
- For manual suckers, there is usually a way to attach the suction head to the telescopic wand. Next, you need to lower the suction head into the pool.
- After that, attach the hose to the swimming pool, make sure all the air has come out of the hose before being installed in the pump provided with the manual suction device. If air is still in the hose, your pump could be damaged.
- Vacuum cleaners always come with the manufacturer's instructions for use. If you're not sure how to use the suction pump, there's usually a phone number on the box where you can call.
Step 3. Vacuum your pool like sucking on a carpet
Use a pool vacuum like cleaning dust on a carpet. Move the tool across the bottom of the pool, paying special attention to stubborn areas. For some automatic cleaners, you don't have to suck the pool yourself.
Step 4. Vacuum your pool at least once a week
A lot of dirt and bacteria build up at the bottom of your pool. You should vacuum the pool at least once a week to keep the pool clean and safe.
Part 3 of 4: Controlling Pond Chemicals
Step 1. Test the pH level of the pool
There are many chemicals in pool water that help keep the pool clean. Factors such as weather and pool use can affect a pool's pH level. You should test your pool's pH level at least three times a week to make sure it's safe to use.
- You can buy a pH tester at a pharmacy or supermarket. Read reviews of various brands before buying to make sure you choose a really quality brand. After that, use a pH tester to determine the pH level of the pool water.
- The pH level of the pool should be between 7.2 and 7.6. If the pH level is outside this range, you will need to use a pH increase or decrease. Use as needed to adjust the pH level of your pool.
Step 2. Check the pool filter
You should keep the area around the pool filter free of debris and debris. Clean the filter if you find dirt clogging there.
Step 3. Add sanitizing chlorine tablets
Sanitizing tablets are tablets that can be purchased online or at hardware stores. This tablet will dissolve slowly and release chlorine to kill bacteria in pool water. You must add the tablets to the pool according to the instructions on the label. You will also need to add tablets to the skimmer, floater, or automatic feeder to ensure that all of these equipment are not contaminated with bacteria.
Step 4. Consider shocking the pond
A pool shock is a type of pool cleaning that targets bacteria released by various objects, such as hair, urine and sweat. If you are concerned about contamination while using the pool, we recommend doing a pool shock.
Part 4 of 4: Cleaning a Very Dirty Pool
Step 1. Clean all the trash with a leaf net
If your pool is so dirty that the water is green, even cleaning will take some extra effort. First of all, there is most likely a layer of foam and debris on the surface of the pool. Do not use a skimmer to pick up debris from the surface and worsen the condition of the pool. Instead, use a leaf net to pick up trash from the pond. If you don't have one, buy one at a hardware store.
Step 2. Adjust the chemical
A very dirty pool must be inhabited by bacteria. You will need to adjust the chemical levels until the swimming pool is safe to use.
- Test and adjust the pH level of the water. This step may take a few days as you try to determine the amount of pH increase and decrease to use to change the pool's pH level to a safe number. In addition to increasing and decreasing pH levels, you may also need an alkalinity increase. Remember, the ideal pH level for a pond is between 7.5 and 7.8.
- Surprise the pool. Very dirty pools require liters of pool shocks over several days to bring the pool pH levels back to a safe level. Start by adding 11-15 liters of shock to the pool water. Notice if the pool water turns cloud white, bright green, or clear in the morning. If not, add another 11-15 liters of shock and wait 24 hours. Repeat this process until the pool water changes color.
Step 3. Turn on the filter 24 hours a day
You should run the pool filter 24 hours a day for a few days to remove bacteria and dirt that has accumulated in the pool.
- Make sure you backwash the filter 3-4 times a day. Green water can clog and damage the filter. The backwash cleaning method really needs to be done often while cleaning a dirty pool.
- Check your filtration system if the pool doesn't clear up in 4-5 days. This may indicate a problem with the filtering system. You may need to replace it before the pool can be used again.
Step 4. Clean the pool floor
Once your pool water is clear and the pH level is appropriate, clean the pool floor using a pool vacuum. Keep in mind that if you are not experienced in cleaning pools and there is a lot of dirt on the pool floor, we recommend that you use the services of a professional. Garbage can clog and damage pool pipes, and cause the pool filtration system to break and tear.