How to Make Your Own Pool Cleaner


Having a swimming pool can be a job in itself. Keeping the inside surfaces spotless and the water clear and sparkly might seem like a hassle, but for many swimming pool owners it is a point of pride. You can choose among many different techniques from skimming to chlorinating, all of which play an integral role in keeping a pool tidy. With proper care, you can make any pool look like an oasis in the desert.

Things You'll Need

  • Leaf skimmer
  • Vacuum
  • Wall and floor brush
  • Pool filter
  • Chlorine
  • Chlorinate your pool routinely to kill bacteria that cause algae. Follow the directions for your pool size as to how much chlorine you should use and how frequently you should apply it.

  • Run your pool filter every day. Ten hours per day is optimal for maximum cleanliness. Remember to empty the debris baskets to keep up the efficiency of the pool filter.

  • Skim the leaves and debris off the top of the pool with a flat net leaf skimmer. Reach to the bottom and grab sunken debris with a large net skimmer to prepare for vacuuming.

  • Vacuum your swimming pool routinely. Vacuum by performing back-and-forth overlapping strokes to eliminate dirt and algae. Repeat the process until the pool is as clean as possible. You also could use automatic pool vacuums that roll across the pool floor and clean it.

  • Scrub the sides and floor of the pool with a brush weekly to eliminate any build up. Use a soft-bristled brush for a vinyl liner and a stiff-bristled brush for tile or concrete sides.

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