After a fun-filled pool party, cleaning up your pool may seem daunting. However, with our ultimate guide, you can quickly get your pool back in pristine condition. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth post-pool party cleanup process:
Clean and Organize Your Deck and Patio:
Clear away any clutter on your deck and patio, such as pool toys and floats. Rinse and dry pool floats to prevent damage from pool chemicals. Store them in a cool, dry place to protect them from the sun. Give your pool deck and patio a thorough hose down to remove debris and contaminants. Use a pool brush to gently scrub away any food or drink spills, directing the hose water away from the pool.
Put Pool Equipment Back:
Return your chlorine floater to the pool to resume its sanitizing function. If you have an automatic pool cleaner, place it back in the pool to assist with cleaning. However, remember to remove it later when adding chemicals to balance the water.
Skim, Brush, and Vacuum Your Pool:
Using a skimmer net, remove any large debris from the water. Proceed to scrub the walls and floor of your pool with a brush to loosen dirt and algae. If necessary, utilize an automatic pool cleaner or a manual vacuum to remove the remaining dirt and debris.
Run the Pool Pump and Filter:
Activate the pool pump and filter to circulate and filter the water. Allow the equipment to run continuously for at least 12-24 hours to ensure thorough filtration and circulation. Check the skimmer and pump strainer baskets for debris and empty them if needed.
Test, Balance, and Shock the Water:
While the pump and filter are operating, use test strips or a test kit to analyze the pool water. Balance the chemicals in the following order: total alkalinity, pH, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid. After balancing the water, shock the pool with an appropriate amount of chlorine to reach a level of around ten ppm. Perform the shock treatment at night to prevent UV damage and evaporation. Once the shock has dispersed, add an enzyme product to remove phosphates and reduce the risk of algae growth. If the water clarity is unsatisfactory, use a clarifier to restore its brilliance.
Start Planning Your Next Party:
With your patio organized and your pool water clean and balanced, it’s time to look forward to your next backyard gathering. Keep this pool party cleanup guide handy for future reference to maintain a pristine pool all summer.