Depending on the type of pool that you have, you may already be familiar with a few swimming pool cleaning tools. This page however, will introduce some of the most common pool cleaning supplies and procedures, many of which are used in conjunction with the telepole.
Telepoles are 8-16 feet aluminum poles used with various kinds of swimming pool cleaning equipment. They help you reach deep inside or far across a pool in order to pick up things that would otherwise require a quick dip to retrieve.
Retrieve Visible Debris After Each Swim
Used with the telepole, a leaf skimmer helps you retrieve floating debris before it has a chance to sink to the bottom. Use a magnet at the end of a telepole instead to attract nails, bobby pins, jewelry or other metallic objects that have already sunk to the bottom. Since sunken debris can contribute to a pool’s chemical imbalance, immediately removing it will lessen the need for additional chlorine.
Empty the Strainer Baskets
Strainer baskets (or skimmer baskets) sit inside an in-ground pool deck or an above-ground pool side to trap debris that tends to floats toward the sides. Those should be emptied out and cleared at least once a week, or daily when the pool is in heavy use. This will remove debris before it has a chance to block good water flow.
Clean the Pool Floor with a Vacuum Once a Week
Except for leaf vacuums, which are specifically designed to remove sunken leaves, pool vacuums will remove debris that’s too small to catch in a net and too dense to be filtered. Weekly vacuuming will keep the water clean and help reduce the need for chemical sanitizers. If your vacuum connects to the pool’s filtration system and your pool is especially dirty, you may need to clean the filter after vacuuming.
If you have a manual vacuum, operate it back and forth across the pool, somewhat overlapping each pass.
Scrub the Pool Walls with a Wall Brush Weekly
Swimming pool walls should be brushed at least weekly to prevent algae and calcium buildup. Concrete pool’s plaster surface walls can take firm brushing with harsh bristles such as those of a stainless-steel brush. However, vinyl, fiberglass and painted pools require softer nylon-bristle brushes, as to not cause any damage.
For tiled sections of the pool, use a tile brush with tile soap. Stubborn stains can be taken care of with a scouring pad or a pumice stone, but don’t use anything too coarse, or you may scratch the tiles and damage the grout.
And finally, please follow your pool manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations to be sure not to damage the pool’s surface.