Before you know it, summer will already be in full swing and once again, everyone’s going to be looking for the nearest swimming pool to dive into.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at home, then great! You won’t have to travel to the nearest waterpark or beach to get your swim on.
All you need to is head to your backyard and you can swim to your heart’s content.
Of course, if there is one downside to being a pool owner, it’s that you are also the person in charge of cleaning it.
Cleaning the swimming pool can be a labor-intensive task, but it can be made easier if you know what you’re doing.
In this article, we will talk about how to vacuum a pool in the most effective and efficient ways.
We will also highlight some things you can do to maintain the cleanliness of your swimming pool for a longer period of time.
Without further ado, let’s discuss how to clean a swimming pool and we can start by gathering the tools we will need for the job.
The Items You Will Need for Cleaning the Swimming Pool
We’re highlighting four different ways for you to clean your swimming pool.
The first three methods will require you to provide varying amounts of manual labor to get the job done. You need to put in the effort or else the debris will just continue to stew in your swimming pool and you obviously don’t want that.
The last method will allow you to just sit back and relax, although it may end up making a bigger dent in your wallet.
For the first method, you will need:
- Duct Tape
- Swimming Pool Pump
- Telescopic Pole
- Vacuum Head
For the second method, you will need:
- Baking soda
- Garden Hose
- Plastic Broom
- Plastic Rake
- Tile Brush
For the third method, you will need:
- Functioning Pool Filter
- Garden Hose
- Plastic Rake
- Pool Skimmer
- Tile Brush
For the last method, you will need:
- Robotic Pool Cleaner
Those methods are ranked in order from being the most labor-intensive to the easiest one.
A Step-By-Step Guide for Cleaning Your Swimming Pool
Assuming you’ve already gathered all the tools you will need for at least one of the cleaning methods listed above, we can proceed now to the actual process.
We will start with the most difficult process and work our way through to the easiest one.
The First Method: How to Vacuum a Pool Manually
In the first method, you’re essentially going to start out with building your own cleaning tool. If you’re not a fan of spending hundreds of bucks on pool cleaners, this is probably the method for you.
Step 1: Assemble your main cleaning tool
Like I said above, you’re building your own makeshift cleaning tool here. To do so, you will need the hose, the telescopic pole, the vacuum head, and a good amount of duct tape.
You will need to first connect the hose to the vacuum head. Make sure that the hose goes into the right spot and then, seal up the connection with some duct tape.
Now, a hose with a vacuum head secured to the end of it should already be able to pick up dirt in your pool. However, it won’t be easy for you to control it because of how flimsy it is.
This is where the telescopic pole comes in. You will use that pole to span the length of the hose and give it somebody. Connect the pole to the hose using the duct tape.
At the end of all that, you should have a makeshift cleaner that you can wield pretty easily.
Step 2: Carefully place your cleaning tool into the water
This next step is where different things can go wrong if you’re not careful. To get started, you will have to lower your cleaning tool into the swimming pool.
Remember that you should avoid lowering the tool too quickly. Your goal here is twofold. First, you want to submerge the cleaning tool, but you also want to do so while clearing the air out of the hose.
Do not allow the tool to make contact with the pool floor until all the air has been expelled from inside of it.
Once you are certain that all the air has been removed from the hose, you can then pass it through the skimmer and hook it up to the swimming pool pump via the included vacuum port.
Step 3: Double check the connections and turn on the vacuum
With the tool now submerged in the water, you will want to do one last rundown of your connections before you start the cleaning process.
Is everything connected properly? Are there any leaks in the seals? Look for those first, and if you don’t see anything of note, go ahead and turn on the vacuum.
Step 4: Begin cleaning the swimming pool
The cleaning tool is now in proper position and the connections are all clear. So, what’s next? Well, now we get to the actual cleaning.
The cleaning process is simple, though not necessarily easy.
What you want to do is to start out at the shallower pool and gradually go to the deeper parts. Try to work the cleaning tool almost like a mop and be thorough.
Don’t shy away from giving a particular spot multiple passes because it’s better to put the work in now rather than to repeat the steps later.
After you’re done cleaning, disassemble the cleaning tool and take apart the connections as well.
Give everything a good rinse with some water and store the tools properly to prepare them for your next cleaning session.
The Second Method: How to Clean a Pool without a Vacuum
I know that this article is supposed to be about cleaning your pool with a vacuum, but let’s face it, things don’t always go according to plan.
You may be all set to start cleaning your pool with the vacuum only to find out that something’s wrong with it.
This method will show you what to do in the event that your vacuum isn’t working.
Step 1: Drain the swimming pool
For this next method, we will actually be jumping into the pool to do the cleaning, but of course, we need to do a few things before that.
First off, you should drain your swimming pool. Ideally, you should do this as soon as you wake up so that you won’t end up having to wait for the pool.
Once the pool has been drained, you can bring all the cleaning items you will need down there with you.
Step 2: Get rid of the larger pieces of debris in the pool
It’s easier to work on the entirety of the swimming pool if we get rid of all the larger pieces of debris first. You can try to remove them with a pool skimmer, but you’ll have to move around a lot to do that.
Instead of using a skimmer, you can just grab hold of a plastic rake. The rake should not deal with any kind of lasting damage to the surface of your swimming pool and it will also help you gather all the leaves and other larger pieces of debris faster.
Grab a dustpan and use that to pick up the debris. Use a container to hold all of the debris you’ve gathered using the plastic rake and then leave them to one side because you still have more cleaning to do.
Step 3: Remove algae, dust, dirt, and other smaller particles that have taken root in the pool
With the larger debris out of the way, we can now turn our attention to those smaller bits of dirt that have taken up residence all throughout your swimming pool.
An efficient way to get rid of smaller debris is to make use of a tile brush. If you can, try to get either nylon or rubber brush because those are kinder to swimming pool surfaces.
You can also try to enhance the effectiveness of the cleaning brush you’re using by sprinkling some baking soda on it.
Baking soda is often mentioned as an effective home cleaner and it can still work in that capacity for your pool or even if you’re trying to clean a hot tub.
To make riding the pool of these small particles even easier, you can enlist the help of a garden hose. Turn on your garden hose and target the lines in between the tiles.
That should shake the dirt loose and from there, your brush should have an easier time dislodging and removing them.
Don’t forget to clean the pool steps as well.
Step 4: Finish up cleaning the pool
It’s now time to finish up with the pool cleaning. Turn the water on again and give the pool another once over using the hose.
Direct any loose debris you see into the drains.
If you’re unable to get rid of all the debris using just the hose and the drains, grab a plastic broom and start sweeping what’s left into a dustpan.
After all that hard work, you should end up with a clean swimming pool that’s ready to be used again.
The Third Method: How to Clean a Pool Using the Filters
This third method is pretty similar to the second one. The biggest difference is that we won’t have to drain the pool prior to cleaning and you also won’t need dustpans. We’re relying on the pool filters instead.
Step 1: Fish out the larger pieces of debris
Grab your skimming net and/or your plastic rake and start to remove the leaves and other sizable foreign objects in the pool. You need to do this because those larger items can get caught up in the filters.
Take your time removing the debris and fish out everything you can.
Step 2: Shake the smaller particles loose
You can’t rely on the pool filters to do everything. To help them out, you can shake the dirt, dust, algae, and other smaller bits of debris loose.
Brushing the sides of the wall or using the garden hose will effectively loosen up the dirt.
Step 3: Turn on the filters and let them get to work
After removing the larger and smaller debris, all you have to do now is to let the filters go to work. The filters can do an exceptional job of cleaning the pool, but be sure that they themselves are clean before you activate them.
The Fourth Method: How to Clean a Pool Using a Robotic Vacuum
If you don’t want to spend the bulk of your day cleaning the swimming pool, you may want to look into getting a robotic pool cleaner.
A robotic pool cleaner can come in many forms. Some models may only work as an above ground pool cleaner while others may also be effective on the in-ground variety.
Others are lightweight vacuums and then there are those that are quite hefty.
Step 1: Pick out the right type of robotic pool cleaner
While shopping for a robotic cleaner, you have to make sure that it’s compatible with your pool.
If you really want the robotic cleaner to handle all the work for you, look for those models that can handle debris of any size.
It’s also a good idea to look for the cleaners that can be scheduled so that they can get to work without you.
Step 2: Let the robotic pool cleaner work its magic
Check out the manual for your robotic cleaner first. After doing so, you should have a pretty good idea of how to set it up so that it can properly clean your pool.
From there, you just have to turn on the machine and let it work. Tangled cables can be an issue sometimes for robotic cleaners. Just check up on them every once in a while to make sure they are still working as intended.
Tips for Maintaining Your Swimming Pool
Before we conclude, I want to leave you with some additional tips that will help you keep your pool in great shape throughout the summer.
- Check and clean the pool and its different parts regularly.
Reserve at least one day per week for maintenance and check the different parts of the pool. If any of the parts of the pool such as the heater require cleaning, then go ahead and do so.
You don’t have to clean the pool every week, but you should at least check if it needs a little scrubbing.
- Monitor the pH level of the water in the pool
The ideal pH level for pool water is around 7.2 to 7.8. If you can keep it within that range, you won’t have to use as much chlorine. Items that can be used to change the pH level of the water in your pool include baking soda, soda ash, and many others.
- Don’t let algae grow in your pool
You don’t want waterbugs hanging around your pool, right? To keep them as far away as possible, clean any algae buildup you notice right away. Waterbugs feed on that stuff. If no algae are present, they won’t have a reason to stay either.
- Disinfect the pool and make use of the cover
Waterbugs aren’t the only ones you have to worry about. Mosquitoes can be real pests as well. They will often even use the pool to house their eggs.
Discourage them from doing that by disinfecting your pool often. Also, remember to put the pool cover on to get rid of mosquitoes and keep other bugs at bay.
- Install a fence to prevent the pool from getting unexpectedly dirty
If you have pets around who are fond of the water, keeping the pool clean is going to be a bigger challenge. You can make things easier on yourself by installing a pool fence.
The fence should keep your pets out whenever you don’t want them in the water and it should also come in handy when you’re cleaning up and don’t want to be disturbed.
Did you enjoy this article expanding on the topic of how to vacuum a pool?
Vacuuming and just cleaning the swimming pool, in general, is actually a pretty simple undertaking.
As long as you have the right tools for the job along with knowledge of how to carry out the cleaning processes, you should have no trouble keeping your personal pool clean.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Also, if you know other homeowners looking to find out how they can effectively clean their pools, don’t shy away from sharing this article with them.
Everyone deserves a clean pool to swim around in this summer and the info listed above will help make that happen.