Want more time in your swimming pool than maintaining it? Here are eight pool maintenance hacks you will love:
- To remove leaves from your swimming pool cover, try using a leaf blower. Allow the leaves to dry in the sun first. You may need to do a large pile in layers, allowing the newly exposed leaves to dry each time. You will be less likely to damage your pool cover.
- Oil from makeup, sunscreen, hair products or just the body can accumulate on the water surface. Drop a few clean tennis balls into the water. They will soak up the oil and then can be tossed in the trash.
- If your pool skimmer is not getting those finer particles from the water, such as pollen and dead insects, place a pair of pantyhose over the skimmer basket. Afterwards, throw the pantyhose away.
- If you do not have a skimmer or the net is bad, use a window screen to filter the surface water. No waiting, it cleans up quickly when done.
- Low on water chemistry supplies and pH level is low? Baking soda will increase the alkalinity of your swimming pool and increase the pH level.
- To quickly clean those small stains on the pool tiles, mix some baking soda with a bit of water to create a paste. Place some on a sponge or brush to scrub off the stain. Baking soda does not affect your water chemistry negatively.
- To determine if a stain on your pool is caused by metal or is organic, try this trick. Pour pH decrease into a sock and attach it to the end of a telescopic pole. Place the sock over the stain and leave for two minutes.
If it removes the stain, then the cause is metallic. Use a chemical for removing metals to clear the pool and keep from getting new stains.
If it does not remove the stain, it is organic and can be removed with a brush and a high amount of chlorine.
Note: Hacks, by their very nature, are interesting shortcuts that use items on hand in odd ways. They do not replace the quality of regular and professional pool cleaning and maintenance.