How Do You Clean A Fibreglass Pool?
Fibreglass swimming pools will add a beautiful element of luxury to your backyard and home. A swimming pool is a fantastic way to spend quality time with your family and friends. It’s a great place for you to relax by yourself as well. We all know that swimming is also an excellent way to keep fit and healthy. For you to be able to maintain your fibreglass pool’s luxurious looks, you must also ensure that you keep it clean.
Besides being extremely long-lasting, fibreglass pools are also easy to maintain. If you are thinking about investing in a fibreglass pool, one of the things you might want to know is how to clean it. You can always outsource a pool cleaner, however, the great thing about fibreglass swimming pools is that they require very little upkeep. Fibreglass pools are much easier to clean compared to other types of pools such as concrete and vinyl.
Make sure you remove debris from your pool regularly:
To keep your swimming pool clean, it’s essential to have a regular cleaning plan. A dirty pool is unattractive, plus not very hygienic to swim in! Your pool might be located in a position with no trees or plants surrounding it- however you still might notice you are finding leaves, insects and
other debris floating in your pool. The chances increase of finding this debris in your pool if there are lots of trees and plants nearby. There are a few variations with pool cleaning options. The good news is that pool leaf scoops (which have a long telescope handle) are relatively cost effective to purchase. This tool will allow you to scoop the debris from anywhere in your pool. Further to a basic leaf scoop there are some other options to help clean your pool:
Manual pool cleaning
If you plan to clean your pool manually, you can just use equipment like the telescopic pole -long enough to reach your pool’s walls and floor. Just make sure you have a skimmer net attachment for the telescopic pole so that it can trap any floating leaves or debris. You will also need a pool brush attachment. So you can scrub away dirt from the walls and floor of your swimming pool. Make sure you always use a nylon-bristle soft brush to clean fibreglass pools. Manual cleaning will require some time and labour on your part. Cleaning a fibreglass pool is a relatively gentle activity which does not involve harsh brushing or strong chemicals, because fibreglass pools are not prone to attracting dirt and algae. There is also the option to also have a manual pool vacuum with a hose and sufficient length to cover all areas of a pool. This is required to clean dirt from the bottom of the pool. The vacuum head of your pool vacuum cleaner should be capable of being attached to the telescopic pole too.
Automatic pool cleaning
If you are not keen on the idea of manually cleaning your swimming pool, you can invest in automatic cleaning equipment. While automatic pool cleaning equipment is slightly expensive, the investment will save you time and effort in the future. Some of the automatic pool cleaning equipment options are listed below:
Pressure side cleaners:
- Cost more than the suction side cleaners
- More effective at picking up debris and cleaning the pool.
- Hooked to the opposite end of the pool filtration system.
- Propelled by the force of the water from the return jets.
- Contains a filter bag to collect dirt and debris.
- This equipment is available in different types, so you will need to select a model suitable for your pool.
Suction side cleaner:
- Hooked to your skimmer.
- Move around the pool floor collecting dirt and debris.
- Some types of cleaners can also clean the walls of your pool.
- Economical and easy to run.
- Easily cleaned and maintained.
- Be mindful that their working depends on the pool pump, so they can increase the load on your pool filter.
Robotic pool cleaners:
- Sophisticated pool cleaners run on electricity
- Long cords and they run on low voltage.
- Brush and vacuum attached, and do their scrubbing and cleaning independently without depending on your filtration system.
- However, they do require regular cleaning and maintenance to function effectively.
Always look out for stains:
Murky rings or dark marks can be the start of a stain. Stains in your pool are not just unappealing visually, but they are an indication that there is an imbalance in your pool water. Unbalanced levels can often occur when there are high concentrations of metal. It is important to know which kind of metal is staining your pool before you try to treat it. Different types of metals will leave different coloured stains. For example, high levels of iron causes a maroon coloured stain, copper leaves a blue-green stain, and magnesium will result in grey stains. Your swimming pool is also susceptible to organic stains caused by things such as leaves, dirt and algae. These stains are generally just green and brown in colour.To prevent stains in your fibreglass pool, it is important to remove debris and use a metal chelating agent. Our experienced team at Barrier reef pools Perth can provide you with further information on this.
Consider investing in a pool cover:
A great way to help prevent debris from tainting your pool water is by using pool cover. Having a pool cover will minimise the risk of your swimming pool being littered with leaves and other debris. By reducing the need to manually remove the leaves and debris, it automatically decreases the maintenance you need to do, when you are not using your pool.
Maintaining the water quality and filter system:
Ensuring that you have a good quality filter pump will also maintain the water quality in your pool. Did you know a pool pump generally runs for 6-8 hours a day for saltwater and slightly longer for chlorine? By running your pump during the day, you will avoid any imbalances in your water, and it will stay nice and clean, ready to use at your leisure. An important factor to keeping your swimming pool’s water clear is maintaining the pH level. Your pool should ideally be between 7.2 and 7.6 pH. The alkaline levels should be around 80 to 120 parts per million (PPM) and the chlorine is just under 3.0 PPM. Keeping these chemicals in a dry storage place at home is a good idea, so you can add them when necessary to adjust the levels of your pool water.
Sydney fibreglass pools are a smart choice and easier option when it comes to maintenance, compared to concrete or vinyl liner pools. The smooth gel coat of a fibreglass pool is nonporous and virtually algae resistant.To find out more about the upkeep of your fibreglass pool, and the best maintenance plan, please reach out to our friendly team at Barrier Reef Pools, we are happy to help.