A sparkling clean pool is a refreshing oasis on a hot summer day. Now, imagine a layer of dirt and debris on the pool bottom. A major buzzkill, right? It looks and makes your pool less inviting and less safe to swim in.
How to remove algae from a pool is required knowledge for a pool owner, and with the right equipment and a bit of knowledge, you can easily remove unpleasant debris from the pool bottom yourself. Today, we will go through some methods for cleaning a pool bottom, and go over everything you need to know to maintain your pool. From utilizing the best pool vacuum robot, to hand-scrubbing the bottom, no matter what method you use, your pool will look and feel fantastic all season long.
Use a Pool Vacuum
A pool vacuum is a popular and effective tool for removing dirt and debris from the bottom of a pool.
There are two types of pool vacuums: manual and automatic. Manual pool vacuums are like conventional vacuums. They require you to physically move the vacuum around the pool and manually clean the bottom. Automatic pool vacuums can be left to work on their own.
When using a manual pool vacuum, connect it to your pool’s filtration system and sweep the bottom of the pool back and forth, paying special attention to regions with dense debris.
More advanced automatic pool vacuums have sensors that can identify and maneuver around ladders and steps. Even though automatic pool vacuums cost more than manual vacuums, they save you a lot of time and effort.
Brush the Bottom of Your Pool
If you don’t have a pool vacuum or want to do a more thorough cleaning, you can go down manually to brush the bottom of the pool with a pool brush. Using a skimmer, remove any substantial dirt from the pool’s bottom before brushing in a circular motion.
Use a Flocculant
A flocculant is a substance that makes dirt and other minute particles in your pool water cluster together and drop to the bottom. Once these particles have fallen to the floor, you can vacuum or brush them away.
Although flocculants can successfully remove tough dirt and debris, they can also be hard on the filtration system in your pool. Use them sparingly and pay close attention to the product’s directions.
Shock Your Pool
If your pool is very foggy or dirty, you can shock it to eliminate germs and other impurities. After you add a lot of chlorine or other oxidizing chemicals to the water, you can shock the pool to eliminate these impurities and return the water’s clarity and balance.
Read the instructions on the shock treatment product you’re using to determine the volume of shock you’ll need. It will vary depending on the size of your pool.
Backwash Your Filter
Because your pool’s filter removes dirt and debris from the water, it can become clogged over time. To keep your filter working properly, backwash it regularly. Backwashing involves reversing the water flow through the filter and flushing out any trapped debris and dirt.
Check your pool’s owner’s manual for instructions on how to backwash your filter properly.
Whether you prefer a manual pool vacuum, an automatic pool vacuum, or other cleaning tools and chemicals, there are plenty of options to fit your needs. By regularly cleaning your pool’s bottom and maintaining a proper chemical balance, you can ensure your pool remains safe and inviting.
If you want to know more, be sure to check out our post on how to remove leaves from the bottom of your pool!
Hi, I’m Matt Harper, the founder of poolcareguy.com, a site I started with one simple mission: to help people around the world clean and take care of their pools and hot tubs on their own, without the hassle.
I’m not a professional pool cleaner and don’t have any formal training, I’m just an average guy who loves hanging out by his pool and hot tub and taking care of it. After many years on the job, I’ve become quite good at it.
On this website I will be teaching you absolutely everything I know about pools and hot tubs.