How to Clean Fast Set Swimming Pools

Quick set pools need to be filtered and vacuumed just like standard pools.
Quick set pools need to be filtered and vacuumed just like standard pools. (Image: colorful pool toy floating in a summer pool image by Jorge Moro from

Quick set pools are inexpensive and easy to set up, but it is important to understand that these pools are not maintenance free. Just like any other pool, a fast set pool needs to be cleaned regularly or the water will become dirty and potentially hazardous. That being said, a quick set pool can be kept clean as a whistle with a routine regimen.

Things You'll Need

  • Shock
  • Chlorine
  • Soda ash
  • Muriatic acid or sodium bisulfite
  • Clarifier
  • Algaecide
  • Test kit
  • Skimmer
  • Floating skimmer
  • Vacuum
  • Cover
  • Bucket

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Balance pool chemicals with a pH kit. Chlorine levels should be at 1.0ppm or parts per million. The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.6. If the pH is below 7.2, add soda ash; if it is above 7.6, add either muriatic acid or sodium bisulfite. If your levels are good add clarifier and filter for 24 hours. Shock the pool before using it and when test strips show chemicals are way off.

Filter your pool for between eight to ten hours each day. Change your pool's filter once every two to three weeks.

Skim the surface of your pool daily and set a floating skimmer in your pool when it is not in use. Vacuum your quick set pool once weekly.

Add algaecide as needed. Temporarily turn off the filter if you are having an algae problem. Allow the algae to settle and vacuum the algae from the pool floor and walls. After vacuuming turn the filter back on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fill a bucket with clean water and place it at the base of the ladder. This will help remove dirt and debris from your feet before you get in the pool.
  • Cover your pool when you are not using it to prevent leaves and other debris from building up.


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