If you’re going to have a pool on your property, you need to know how to take care of it. Learning the proper way to take care of your pool ensures that it lasts longer. Read on to learn how to deep clean your pool.

Drain the Water

The first step in deep cleaning your pool is draining the water within it. When your pool is still full of water, you can skim various items of debris off the top, but the water itself won’t get much cleaner. If you truly want to deep clean your pool, you’ll need to drain the water away to see the debris and dirt that is left behind. When draining your pool, be sure to follow the proper protocol for your type of pool. This will ensure that you can refill the pool afterward with clean water, and all the water will be disposed of properly. You want to make sure you aren’t draining the pool while it’s raining. Typically, you want to wait a few days after a heavy rain before draining as well. Also, you don’t want to leave your pool drained for extended periods of time. If you are going to need to leave it drained for a longer period, you need to pull hydrostatic plugs in the bottom drain.

Get Rid of Debris

After your pool has been drained, it’s much easier to see all of the dirt and debris that once filled it. At this point, the next thing you should do to deep clean your pool is to get all of the debris out of your pool. To do this properly, you need to get your hands dirty. Using a push broom, get into your pool and sweep all of the debris up. Then, you can collect and dispose of it properly. You want to do this until most of the dirt and all of the debris has been removed. If you leave any of it behind, you risk it going back into your pool and being dirty again. Remove all the larger debris by hand if needed. For the remaining debris, spray the pool down with a water hose and then use a shop vac to get everything out in the deep end. Leave a sump pump running while spraying things down to keep the bottom empty.

Clean the Pool

It’s impossible to get all of the dirt out of your pool with just a broom. Sweeping your pool is great for getting rid of debris, and other things that can’t be washed away. However, if you’re deep cleaning the pool, you still need to clean the floor and walls of the pool itself. The best and most efficient way to do this is with a power washer. This machine sprays a jet of water at your pool with such force that it can remove much more dirt than a regular hose. When power washing your pool, it can be helpful to hire a professional power washing service. They’ll ensure the job is done properly, and that no part of your pool is damaged in the process. Use a power washer to get the rest of the film and dirt off the walls and the floor. Leave the sump pump running to pump everything out as you go. Unless the plaster is in bad shape, you shouldn’t have any issues using a power washer. If the plaster is flaking and falling apart, you’re probably due for a replaster.

Check Filters and Refill

Now that your pool is the cleanest it’s ever been, you want to make sure it stays clean for as long as possible. Deep cleaning your pool is a lengthy and exhausting process. You don’t want to have to do it more than you need to. To keep your pool clean, double-check that your filters are working as well as they should. Clean them out, check all of your machinery, and make sure everything’s running smoothly. It will be easier to make any necessary repairs while your pool is drained. Make sure to clean or have the filters cleaned after doing this work. Make sure the grids or cartridges are in good shape as well. You don’t want to get the pool nice and clean and end up having a bad filter that blows dirt back into the pool. If you own a pool, part of maintaining it and keeping it looking and performing its best is deep cleaning it. This ensures the health and safety of all who use it. To make sure your pool gets as clean as possible, follow this deep cleaning routine.

Even if you don’t need a full drain and clean, most pools really should be drained, refilled and have the chemicals rebalanced roughly every 3-5 years. If the pool is clean and in good shape and you are due for a drain, then all you would need to do is drain it down and give the walls and floors a quick rinse. Then fill the pool back up and rebalance the chemicals. We typically still recommend a filter clean after to make sure everything is in good shape.

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