Basic Cleaning Equipment
Along with the excitement that comes with pool ownership, there are also the maintenance challenges. However, there are many tools, chemicals and equipment that can make pool ownership an extremely rewarding experience with relatively low maintenance involved.
These come in a variety of lengths. Higher quality poles are made from fiberglass, but most are aluminum. The poles have holes at the end so that a wide range of accessories can be attached.
Some of the most popular pieces of equipment around the pool are the skim net and leaf rake. The skim net is a flat mesh net that attaches to the telescopic pole. It should be used on a daily basis to remove debris floating on the pool surface before it can sink to the floor. The leaf rake is also a mesh net, but is much deeper. It’s great for scooping debris from the pool floor for a quick cleaning.
The easiest way to make a dirty pool look clean is to vacuum it. All pools should be vacuumed on a regular basis. Vacuum heads attach to the telescopic pole, and then a vacuum hose is attached to the vacuum head. The pole and vacuum head are then lowered into the pool. There are two different types of vacuum heads. One has wheels and is weighted for concrete pools. The other is designed for vinyl lined pools, and has brushes instead of wheels.
In order to vacuum debris from the pool walls and floor, you will need a vacuum hose. The vacuum hose connects to the vacuum head and telescoping pole. It is then lowered into the pool. You then need to fill the vacuum hose with water, and then plug the end into the skimmer suction hole or a dedicated vacuum line. The water and debris are pulled into the filter pump basket via the swimming pool vacuum hose. After you vacuum, you will then need to clean the basket and backwash the filter.
One of the most overlooked maintenance steps of pool care is brushing. Swimming pools should be brushed at least once per week. Brushing removes algae and other films and dirt on pool walls and pool floors that can’t be removed by vacuuming. A weekly brushing will avoid slimy walls and slick film that is common with pools and spas. There are several types of pool brushes. Stainless steel is perfect for plaster or concrete pools. Stainless brushes should not be used on vinyl pools. Plastic bristle brushes can be used on any type of pools, and are ideal for above ground and vinyl pools. There are also brushes designed for getting into pool corners and steps.
A clean tile band is a very important part of the way your pool looks. As part of your weekly maintenance schedule, you need to scrub the tile band with tile cleaner and a non-abrasive brush. Tile brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
A popular method for removing localized stains on concrete pools is the pumice stone. Pumice is a light porous glassy lava stone that can be rubbed over a pool stain to remove it. You can get a pumice stone that can attach to your telescopic pole or a pumice stone that has a handle.
The canister that is placed at the end of the vacuum hose just before the pool skimmer. Inside the canister is a large basket that will trap the leaves and debris before the “pool trash” gets to the pump. They are great for leaves, acorns, pebbles and palm tree debris.