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Pool Maintenance: How to Clean Your Swimming Pool

Pool Maintenance: How to Clean Your Swimming Pool

by Rachaelle Lynn
Online Marketing Manager for

Establishing a cleaning routine for your swimming pool is an important aspect of pool maintenance. Follow these simple steps and your pool will reward your efforts with debris-free swimming. Here are the basic tools you’ll need for cleaning your pool:

  • Pool skimmer
  • Pumice stone or tile brush
  • Pool wall brush
  • Vacuum head and hose or automatic pool cleaner
  • Telescopic pole
First, skim the surface of your pool water for floating leaves and debris. Once they sink, they will be a lot harder to remove and may even stain pool surfaces.

Next, scrub scale away along the water line. Use a pumice stone or tile brush for tiled areas. If you use a pumice stone, remember to keep it wet to avoid scratching your tile. Never use a pumice stone on a vinyl pool liner.

Empty your skimmer and pump baskets. This can be a messy task! When it’s time to upgrade your pool pump, consider newer models with larger, easy-to-remove baskets that are clear so you can see when they need to be emptied. This will help you streamline your pool cleaning routine.

The fourth step is to manually vacuum your pool, unless you have anautomatic pool cleaner. If you have a pool cleaner, turn it on and relax while you let it do its work.

Manually Vacuuming Your Pool

To manually vacuum the pool, follow these steps:

1. Attach the vacuum head to a telescopic pole and the hose to the vacuum head.  Slowly lower it into the pool.

2. When it reaches the bottom, continue to feed the hose into the pool until all the air has been purged from the hose.  If you connect the hose to your pump with air still in it, you could burn out your swimming pool pump.

3. Once all the air has been removed from the hose, 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.

4. Make sure the vacuum inlet is the only open line to the pump.

5. Vacuum your pool in the same way you vacuum your carpet, starting at the shallow end and working your way into the deep end with long, slow, sweeping strokes.

After you finish running your automatic pool cleaner or manually vacuuming your pool, it’s time to brush the pool’s sides and floor.  Use an 18” nylon or poly-bristle brush and move dirt towards the drain.  Start on the walls at the shallow end, working your way to the deep end with long, slow, sweeping strokes.

Next, immediately wash all your pool cleaning tools with fresh water and store them out of the sun.  The chemicals in the pool water and the sun’s rays can make them deteriorate more quickly.  Backwash or clean your filter, and empty your skimmer and pump baskets again.

The last step in your pool cleaning routine is to add water if your water level is low.  Just don’t cause a flood by getting caught up in other household tasks and leaving your water running!  Also, don’t use softened water in your pool; it will cause corrosion and rapid chlorine loss.

Add this cleaning routine to your pool maintenance program and your pool will always be ready for you and your family to enjoy!

If you have more questions about your pool, read Common Swimming Pool Questions And Answers.

An automatic pool cleaner allows you to skip the step of manually vacuuming your pool.








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About Rachaelle Lynn

Rachaelle Lynn serves as Online Marketing Manager for, the Internet's #1 choice for discount swimming pool supplies, swimming pool chemicals, chlorine tablets, pool toys, pool filters, swimming pool pumps, automatic pool cleaners, pool heaters, above-ground swimming pools, pool cleaning supplies, and all other swimming pool accessories.

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