Wondering what you need to keep your pool in tip-top condition? Take a look at our four essentials for pool maintenance. You'll learn:
- How to clean your inground pool
- What tools you'll need
- How often you should clean
Read on to learn more.
1. Check the Skimmer Box
Your skimmer box will filter out most debris and particles in the water. But you should clean it out regularly to ensure it can do its job effectively.
How often? Check your skimmer box roughly once a week. Remove it and empty any contents a safe distance from the pool.
2. Skim the Top
While the skimmer box does a good job removing most debris, it won't remove it all. You'll need to remove the remnants manually if you want your pool as clean as can be.
How often? If you want to maintain a clean pool, you should skim the water daily. Before jumping in, take a quick peek and skim off any debris you see.
Item Recommendation: You'll need a telescoping pole and a mesh net. The Lion Pool telescoping pole gets our commendation, as does the Pool Style Deluxe Leaf Skimmer. Both are stellar options for those just starting out.
3. Vacuum the Surface
To prevent stains, grime, and sediment buildup, you'll want to vacuum the walls and floors of your inground pool.
How often? You should vacuum your pool at least once a week, and perhaps as much as every other day, depending on how dirty it gets.
Item Recommendation: If you want something more affordable, a manual vacuum like the Pool Style Flexible Vacuum Head will do the trick. To use it, you'll need the same Lion Pool telescoping pole as we used for the skimmer, as well as a vacuum hose.
If you want something a little less labor-intensive, you have a range of options. Suction-side pool cleaners, such as the Pentair-Dorado, offer a hassle-free experience by attaching to your pool skimmer. Alternatively, you can go with a robotic cleaner like the Dolphin Echo. Though the easiest option, robotic cleaners are also the most expensive. But if you have the money, they're well worth it.
4. Brush the Sides
In addition to vacuuming, you'll also need to brush the sides of your pool to scrub off oils, algae, and other residues.
How often? Once or twice a week, you'll want to brush the pool ladders, corners, and walls.
Item Recommendation: Along with a telescoping pole, you'll need a good-quality brush with nylon or steel bristles. The type of brush you need will depend on the type of pool you have:
- For vinyl, fiberglass, and painted concrete pools, use a brush with nylon bristles like the A&B Nylon Wall Brush.
- For unpainted concrete, use a brush with nylon and steel bristles, like this 18-inch one from Pool Style.
- For gunite pools, use a stainless-steel brush like the Pool Style 10-inch Algae Brush.
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