If you own a pool, you know how important it is to keep the water clean. Not only does crystal clear water make your pool feel refreshing, but it also enhances the entire appearance of your property. If you use a pool cover, you can rest assured that you’ll be keeping out a large percentage of the bugs, dirt, leaves, and dust that can end up making your pool look and feel dirty.
But what do you do when you have a cover on your pool and the cover itself ends up becoming a mess? This can happen when you’ve been out of town for a while or after a rainstorm. All of that unappealing debris can end up weighing the cover down to the point that some of it actually ends up in the water. Debris-laden solar pool covers often function inefficiently, because the sun’s rays are unable to reach through all of the leaves, branches, and dirt and do their job of raising the pool’s water temperature.
How to Clean Your Pool Cover
You’ll want to clean your pool cover very carefully in order to avoid just dumping the debris into the pool. Here are a few ways that savvy pool owners make sure the mess ends up where it belongs instead of in the pool water.
Sweep Towards the Pool’s Edge
You’ll want to find a long-handled broom. A push broom works best. One person can pull the cover over to the pool’s edge. Another person can gently and carefully push the debris toward the side of the cover that’s being held over the edge of the pool. The person holding the cover can use their free hand to scoop debris off the cover with a gloved hand. Or, for the process to be even more effective, find a third person to be the one to scoop the debris off into a bucket or wheelbarrow for easy removal.
Remove the Cover for a Thorough Cleaning
After you’ve gotten the larger bits of debris off the pool cover, gently and carefully pull it off the pool. You don’t want to move too quickly, because there is likely still plenty of dirt left on the cover that you don’t want to end up accidentally knocking into the water.
Lay the Cover on a Large, Clean Surface
Find a surface that’s relatively clean, such as a freshly swept patio or deck. If your patio or deck isn’t big enough, you can use the lawn, just make sure the area of grass is as clean as possible before you lay the pool cover on it.
Spray the Rest of the Dirt Off
Use a garden hose with a spray nozzle on the end of it to spray the rest of the dirt and debris off the pool cover. Make sure every part of the cover is as clean as possible before you put the cover back on.
Skim the Pool’s Surface
As much as you hope the pool cover will prevent debris from entering the pool, chances are good that at least some debris will still manage to get into the pool. Your pool skimmer is the right tool for this job. Use it to give your pool water a thorough skimming. Then you’ll be ready to put the cover back on your pool.
Regularly cleaning your pool cover is a key component of proper pool maintenance. Staying on top of this simple task will help you keep your backyard oasis clear and refreshing all season long.
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