Best Cleaning Tools for Pools
Best Cleaning Tools for Pools

There are some maintenance challenges to face along with the excitement, joy, and long, lost relatives that come with pool ownership. There are many pool cleaning devices and tools available to make your experience as a pool owner less difficult. You will need some basic pool maintenance tools and tips, even if you have an automatic cleaner. If this is the first time you have a pool, you probably have the following two questions in mind: What equipment do I need to maintain a pool? Or at least, what are the basic pool maintenance supplies that I need? Well, telescopic poles, pool brushes, skim nets, and a test kit are required by any pool owner. If you don’t keep your pool clean, it can take an effect on your average swim speed too. To give you a more detailed explanation, here is a list of the best cleaning tools for pools you definitely need:

Telescopic Pole

To skim, vacuum, and brush, the first thing you will need is a good telescopic pool pole. The tele-poles, as they are called, can be found in a variety of quality and lengths. The best pool poles are made from fiberglass, as they are the safest and most durable. However, most are aluminum. Most tele-poles count with two little holes at the attachment end, designed to accept the butterfly clip, which is used to attach a wide variety of accessories that will be discussed below.

Vacuum Heads

If you want to know how to keep your pool clean in an easy way, a good vacuuming is your answer. Hence, a vacuum must be part of your swimming pool maintenance equipment. All pools require to be vacuumed regularly. The vacuum head attaches to the pole, and then a hose is attached to the vacuum head. Then, the pole and vacuum head are lowered into the pool. Adjust the hose and connect it to the skimmer. You should know there are two different types of vacuum heads: one is weighted for concrete pools and has wheels, while the other has brushes and is designed for vinyl lined pools.

Vacuum Hose

You will need a vacuum hose to vacuum debris from the pool walls and floor. It must connect to the vacuum head and tele-pole, and then lowered into the pool. After filling the vacuum hose with water, plug its end into the skimmer suction hole or into a vacuum line in the wall. Debris and water will be pulled into the filter pump basket through the vacuum hose. Small pump baskets clogging can be prevented with skimmer vacuum plates or in-line strainers.

Leaf Traps

Also named Leaf Canister, the leaf trap is connected to the end of the vacuum hose right before the pool skimmer. To connect the other end of the leaf trap to the skimmer or vacuum line, you can use a small 3’ hose. To prevent clogging a small pump basket or skimmer basket, there is a larger basket inside the leaf trap that will hold the debris and leaves. Leaf traps are used to vacuum pools, and they can also be connected to a suction pool cleaner for longer cleaning cycles. There is no need to stop to empty the pump basket.

What Equipment Do You Need to Maintain a Pool
What Equipment Do You Need to Maintain a Pool

Vac Plates

The Skim Vac or skimmer vacuum plate is a plate with a raised center hose adapter that fits over your skim basket. After preparing the hose with water, connect it to the plate and then place it quickly on top of the skimmer basket. This way you are going to trap debris in the larger skimmer basket which is also easier to clean, instead of vacuuming into the pump basket. Skim Vac plates size is specific to fit particular sized skimmer baskets. They are great to save time while vacuuming messy pools.

Skimmer Nets

Some of the best cleaning tools for pools are the skim net and leaf rake. The skim net is a flat mesh net that is attached to the tele-pole and can be used to remove light debris that floats on the pool surface. The leaf rake is a mesh net as well; however, it has a large, deep debris bag. This tool is great for scooping toys or debris from the pool floor. You might need a replacement for the butterfly clips or “V” clips after a couple of years.

Pool Brushes

Pool brushes are some of the main pool maintenance tools you will need as a pool owner. Swimming pools should be brushed at least once per week to remove films, algae, and dirt that cannot be removed by vacuuming. Due to the importance of brushing your pool, there are several types of brushes that will be useful for different types of pools. For instance, the stainless-steel brush is excellent for plaster or concrete pools, but it should not be used for vinyl pools. On the other hand, it is possible to use plastic bristle brushes with any type of pools, being perfect for vinyl and above ground pools. Combination plastic bristle and steel brushes are only recommended for plaster pools.

Leaf Bagger

Since the invention of the telescopic pole, one of the best cleaning tools for pools ever created is the leaf bagger. It is ideal for cleaning a pool floor full of leaves or for a quick spot clean. The leaf bagger uses water pressure from your garden hose to vacuum, pulling the debris up from the floor into a large bag, which can be a mesh leaf bag o a very fine mesh bag.

Stain Master

The Jandy Stain Master is a siphon device that can suck muriatic acid from a gallon bottle to clean tile stains on the pool surface. It is perfect for small, localized stains on plaster pools, especially rust stains, mineral deposits, or metal stains. The head unit can be attached to any pool pole, and the 30’ hose will deliver liquids such as acid or chlorine right on the stain. Only when the 4’’ cup is held flat on a surface; a push-button valve releases the chemical over the area.

Pumice Stone

Another method for keeping the pool clean from localized deposits or stains on concrete pools is the pumice stone. Pumice is a light, porous, and glassy lava stone that can remove a pool stain by rubbing it. The pumice blocks are pumice stones that can be attached to a tele-pole or a stone with a handle that lets you swim with it. It can be perfectly used on berry stains, cement stains and calcium deposits on tile or plaster, as well as on black algae heads on pool surfaces.

Pool Scrubbing Mitt

At busy commercial pools, the tile band and the inside of the skimmer are scrubbed well with a chlorine-based abrasive cleanser like Comet™ or Soft Scrub™; however, our pool scrubbing mitt is excellent for water line stains and scum or applying a chlorine paste or pH reducer to stains located underwater. Chlorine or acid-based cleansers should be avoided when cleaning vinyl pools, and a Tile & Vinyl Cleaner should be used instead.

What Are the Basic Pool Maintenance Supplies
What Are the Basic Pool Maintenance Supplies

Skimmer Weirs

Despite is not regularly considered as part of pool cleaning devices, the skimmer weir plays an essential role in the skimming action of your skimmer. A pool skimmer will lose most of its effectiveness when weirs are misaligned, broken, or missing. However, skimmer weirs are easily replaced with spring-loaded generic replacements, or a new dual door skimmer weir can be installed.

Return Eyeballs

When return eyeball fittings are properly aimed, they help to direct the pool water in a circular fashion, creating a slight surface ripple that transports the floating leaves around in front of the skimmer. To give a more precise aim, new venturi return fittings increase water volume. Eyeball fittings are also relevant to keep the right amount of back pressure in the filter system, as well as to balance flow among wall returns. Use smaller eye diameters close to the pump and larger eyeball fittings far away from it.

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