Pool Maintenance: A Quick and Easy Guide

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Keeping a pool in a constant sparkling pristine condition is not as difficult as it sounds. Those picturesque photos of swimming pools glistening in the sun in all those magazine or marketing ads convey a sense of magic and wonder that only exists in your mind. But you know what? That’s not the case at all when it comes to having a pool that looks like it was built inside your dreams. All pools are different and so are their maintenance needs. But they all have one thing in common— to have a perfectly clean pool is regular, routine maintenance.

What You Need for a Successful Cleaning

Before you get started on your pool cleaning regime, take a closer look at what you might need in addition to the pool chemicals you use in order to keep the water inside the pool sanitary. General pool upkeep means that you’ll need these key products for a successful pool clean.

What You’ll Need:

Skim off Leaves and Debris

Scooping up debris like leaves and twigs can be done easily with your handy dandy telescopic pole with a skimmer net attached. This process should take you about 5-10 minutes since you’re cleaning up the surface of the pool. However, if you’ve got an inordinate amount of debris on the surface of your pool, this will definitely take you more time.

Insider’s Tip: Consider skimming your pool daily. I know, I know. This sounds like a rather tedious chore, but you’ll thank me later when you no longer need to spend a grueling hour of your time fishing piles of leaves out of your pool.

If you have trees and bushes nearby that shed pollen, blossoms and leaves into the pool, consider trimming them as often as possible to avoid them landing into your pool and sinking to the bottom. This might sound harmless, but having debris fall into the bottom of your pool causes high phosphate levels. However, this can be reduced or eliminated entirely with something like Pool Perfect + PHOSFree.

Brush, Brush, Brush!

Now that you’ve got the top of your pool water covered, it’s time to do a bit of a deep cleaning. With a pool brush, you can brush the walls, ladder and corners of your pool. Be sure to brush into every nook and cranny so that you’re brushing away any possible algae strains that could be forming as I type this. (Not to scare you or anything!) By brushing the algae into the water, you’re actually helping your pool because the algae can now more easily be collected by your pool filtration system, and effectively neutralized with appropriate chlorine levels. Win win!

Insider’s tip: Too much algae in your pool? If you’re unsure about the growing amount of algae in your pool, then you might need to take a glance at our algae blog which more specifically discusses the steps necessary to win the battle against algae. Good news for you is that we have a handy article on algae itself and how to eliminate it. Give it a read!

If you want to really take care of your pool, we recommend that you brush your pool walls at least twice a day.


Vacuuming can be done in two ways: manual or automatic.

If you wish to manually vacuum your pool, this will be a bit time and labor-intensive. I’m not discouraging this method, but this is definitely the option I usually like to recommend after I initially suggest that every pool owner own a robotic pool cleaner.

Robotic pool cleaners are all the rage nowadays, so why not make your life easier by owning one? Before you start to think that these robotic pool cleaners sound expensive, that’s not always the case. In recent years, there has been a surge of different models, brands, and price points that exist within the robotic pool cleaner industry. To put it simply, robotic pool cleaners do the manual labor for you. It’s convenient and saves you time (and perhaps money!) in the long run.

Here are some great examples on why you should consider a robotic pool cleaner.

  • Superior Cleaning
  • Energy Efficient
  • Handheld Remote Controls
  • 4-Wheel Drive Navigation
  • Multiple Cleaning Models (Wall Only, Floor Only, Wall and Floor)

If you are considering purchasing a robotic cleaner, I highly suggest you check out this handy and informative article on some of our top-selling robotic cleaners. Take a look!

Check Your Pool Filter… Replace if Necessary

Now that you’ve skimmed, brushed, and vacuumed, we need to think about your pool filter cartridge. Why? Because if your pool filter is dirty, then that also means your pool water is dirty. And then what’s the point of doing everything you did right now? Whether you have D.E. filter, a cartridge filter, or a sand filter, it’s imperative that you clean it out on a regular basis so that water is constantly being cleaned and maintained.

So there you have it. Pool maintenance doesn’t seem so daunting when you have the information easily accessible to you, right? Now get to cleaning!

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Rachel Godoy
Rachel enjoys talking pool shop and sharing her knowledge of the industry to anyone who's willing to listen. Aside from her love of pools, Rachel enjoys travelling the world, watching under the radar films, playing video games, and fostering animals of all kinds.