Items you will need
- Leaf skimmer
- Pool vacuum
- Wall and floor brush
If you own a swimming pool, then you know that the maintenance and cleaning involved can get very costly, particularly if you live in a warmer climate where your pool is open more than half of the year. You can help keep the cost of cleaning your pool down by doing it yourself. Hiring a professional pool cleaner may be easy, but it’s certainly not cheap. Once you get the hang of it, cleaning your pool yourself will not only save you money, but you might actually start to enjoy it, as well.
Remove any surface debris, such as leaves or twigs, with the leaf skimmer. Removing debris often will allow you to clean your pool less often.
Check the pool's strainer baskets. Remove any leaves and other organic matter. This will help your filter run more efficiently.
Scrub the sides and bottom of your pool liner with the wall and floor brush about once a week. This will loosen up debris that you will later vacuum out, and it also reduces the need to use certain chemicals because it helps prevent calcium scale and algae buildup.
Place your pool vacuum on the floor of the pool and vacuum the bottom in long, even strokes. If you vacuum about once a week, you will also be able to save money on sanitizing pool chemicals.
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