Four tips for keeping your pool looking brand new

iStock_000014114203LargeYou’ve just installed a new pool, and you want to make sure it looks great for years to come. Here are some pool cleaning tips that will help you extend the life of your pool.

Keep your pool clean: Clean your pool weekly. Use a vacuum to clean up dirt and debris from the bottom of the pool. There are many vacuum options, including robotic and energy efficient. Scrub the walls and tile regularly, even when it looks clean. Choose a brush that won’t damage the material.

Clean your filter regularly: The frequency will depend on the type of filter you have, so check the instructions and then follow what the manufacturer recommends. Generally, cartridge filters need to be cleaned several times a year, while sand filters require backwashing a few times per month. Be careful not to clean your filter too often, since that can also be harmful.

Choose a chlorine-free or low chlorine pool system: Choosing an advanced oxidation pool treatment system can help you keep your pool looking newer longer. Chlorine is corrosive to concrete pool coping and sealers and even low levels of chlorine can cause bleaching and corrosion. Salt water pools have even more problems with corrosive. Corrosion of underwater metal surfaces and equipment can release metal ions into the water that can damage vinyl liners, copper heat exchangers, pool surfaces, pool sanitizers and also cause more staining.

Balance your water: No matter what system you use, swimming pools can quickly become stained, discolored and corroded without proper maintenance.  Remember that even if you reduce or eliminate chlorine, keeping the pH, calcium hardness and total alkalinity balanced and in optimal range is the best way to increase the life of your pool.

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Claire McDaniel

Claire is a swimming and nutrition expert who loves to educate and motivate others to healthier living. She swam competitively for 18 years, is a five time All-American, a Division I National Champion, was co-captain of Team USA at the 2007 World University Games and was named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She also has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. After swimming, Claire started coaching and has coached all over the US and even in Switzerland! Her experience and expertise about both swimming and health fuel her passion for Clear Comfort’s mission – to make swimming a 100 percent healthy activity for swimmers, coaches, lifeguards and pool staff.


Categories: Home Pools, Pool Maintenance, Pool Tips, Swimming

12 comments on “Four tips for keeping your pool looking brand new

  • These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to clean your pool weekly. That sounds like a lot of time and effort, but if you think about it, that amount is minimal compared to the hassle of taking care of bigger problems. It’s definitely better to do a little bit on a regular basis rather than having to deal with large issues. Thanks for the great post!

  • Nick says:

    Great article! your tips are very useful. How would you recommend on cleaning tiles? which products are best to use that won’t damage the tiles?

  • Nina England says:

    You have some very good information here! I agree with the cartridge filters being over cleaned. I have seen this many times and it can do some serious damage to them. Personally my favorite option for filters is Diatomaceous Earth filter. Although they need back washed frequently and more powder added I enjoy how well they collect particles from the water.
    Having a regular high quality pool cleaning expert is the best idea for most pool owners. This will give the owner a peace of mind that everything is cared for properly.

  • Every pool requires adequate and extensive cleaning. This is done to remove any dropped leaves, debris, silt that may be accumulating within the pool over time, and ensure you maintain the water quality and keep the pool as clean and safe as possible.

  • Great tips here, this just goes to show how a little effort now can save you a lot of headache later on. Keeping your chemicals in balance is a must, and don’t just keep adding more. We have seen too many cases where individuals thought “oh my pool is getting dirty, lets add more chemicals”… And then their pool lining starts to get brittle and crack and now they need to get their whole pool liner replaced, OUCH!

  • Definitely four essential tips that will keep your pool looking new year round. We always stress our filter cleaning because it really is a large factor in keeping your pool at optimal healthy. In addition, if you hire an outside pool cleaning business for monthly maintenance services, ensure that all equipment is always clean beforehand. Great, to–the-point article – thanks for sharing.

  • Minash Hoyet says:

    This article was very informative, thank you for SHARING your knowledge

  • John says:

    My wife really wants to have a pool put in our yard, but I think we need to do our research on what is expected of us as pool owners before we take the leap. I thought it was interesting how the article mentions that weekly cleaning is necessary even if the pool doesn’t look like it needs it. I’ll make sure my wife is willing to keep up on regular maintenance of the pool with me before we decide to get one.

  • Sarah Horn says:

    Yes, I believe that the idea of having a swimming pool in the back yard will always be incredibly glamorous. But the fact is that the maintenance without proper maintenance routine, the pool could succumb to a variety of less than luxurious condition- green water, algae build are just the name of a few. So, make skimming and scrubbing a part of life because skimming the leaves and debris the surface of the water is a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. In addition to that one may follow the above mentioned tips to keep his swimming pool looking brand new.

  • Ivy Baker says:

    This is some really good information about pools and how to keep them clean. I like what you said about how you should balance your pH levels in your pool water. My parents are considering getting a pool in their yard recently. So, it does seem like a good idea for them to know what level of pH they should have in their pool water.

  • Larry Weaver says:

    I appreciate the tip to get an advanced oxidation pool treatment system to help keep a pool lasting longer. My family is thinking of going ahead and getting a pool in our backyard, and we have been looking for tips for good maintenance. Getting swimming pool equipment that can help maintain the appearance of the pool, such as balancing water, is something we should start looking into.

  • After buying our new pool, my fiance and I are interested in getting a robotic pool cleaner. We are excited to make this investment to further clean our swimming area and we are interested in learning more about how to keep it maintained. Your advice to clean the filter regularly is really helpful and we will do this also.

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