How To Clean A Plastic Swimming Pool

Gather the necessary supplies

To properly clean your pool, you’ll need to gather a few essential supplies. Make sure you have the following items on hand:

  • Pool cleaning brush
  • Pool skimmer
  • Pool vacuum
  • Pool chemicals (if needed)
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket

Having these supplies ready will ensure that you can effectively and efficiently clean your pool.

Remove debris from the pool

Before diving into the deeper cleaning tasks, it’s important to remove any debris from the surface of the water. Here’s how:

  1. Use the pool skimmer to remove leaves, bugs, and other floating debris. Simply skim along the surface of the water and collect any visible contaminants.
  2. Remember to empty the skimmer basket regularly to prevent it from becoming too full and losing effectiveness.

Removing debris is an important step in maintaining a clean and inviting swimming environment.

Brushing the pool walls and floor

Once you’ve cleared away any floating debris, it’s time to give attention to brushing down your pool walls and floor:

  1. Start at one end of your pool and work your way around systematically.
  2. Use a sturdy pool cleaning brush with firm bristles to scrub away any algae or dirt that has accumulated on surfaces.
  3. Pay extra attention when brushing corners and hard-to-reach areas as they tend to be hotspots for build-up.

By thoroughly brushing all surfaces of your pool, you’ll help prevent algae growth while keeping it visually appealing.

Vacuuming Your Pool

After removing floating debris with a skimmer net, vacuuming ensures no dirt or particles settle at its bottom:

1.Attach a suitable vacuum head onto your garden hose’s free end before placing it inside this aquatic feature;

  • Note: While there are automatic cleaners available in stores now – depending on size & model – manually maneuvered vacuums still dominate due their affordability

2.Gently glide the vacuum across the pool’s floor, moving in overlapping patterns to ensure thorough cleaning;

3.As needed or indicated by your vacuum’s instructions, empty the vacuum bag or clean and rinse any filters.

By regularly vacuuming your pool, you’ll keep it free from dirt and maintain a crystal-clear appearance.

Cleaning The Pool Filter

The filter is a critical component of your pool’s cleaning system. Here’s how to properly clean it:

  1. Turn off the pool pump before attempting to clean the filter.
  2. Depending on whether you have a cartridge or sand filter, either remove and rinse the cartridge with clean water or backwash the sand filter following manufacturer instructions.
  3. Rinse off any debris trapped in both types of filters with fresh water.
  4. Once cleaned, reinstall the filter properly ensuring proper alignment and closure.

Regularly cleaning your pool filter will help maintain optimal filtration performance for clear and healthy water.

Test And Balance The Pool Water

Maintaining proper chemical balance in your swimming pool is crucial for safe and enjoyable swimming experiences:

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1.Use a reliable pool water testing kit to check essential levels such as pH, chlorine content (free & total), alkalinity etc.;
  • Note: Frequency depends on usage frequency & recommendations

2.Adjust chemicals as needed based on test results;

  • Tip: Always follow manufacturer instructions when adding chemicals

By regularly testing and balancing these levels accordingly – you can optimize swimmer comfort while safeguarding their health.

Clean The Pool Cover (If Applicable)

For those who use covers over their pools when not in use—regular cleaning is necessary:

1.Remove any leaves or other debris that may have accumulated on top using a broom or leaf blower;

  • Note: Doing this prevents unnecessary mess during actual washing

2.Clean cover using mild detergent mixed with warm soapy water;

3.Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry before storing.

  • Tip: This helps extend the lifespan of your pool cover while keeping it clean for future use

Properly cleaning and maintaining your pool cover will help keep it in good condition and ready for use.

Maintain Regular Pool Cleaning Schedule

To prevent the build-up of debris, algae growth, and maintain water quality, setting a regular cleaning schedule is essential:

1.Set a routine for cleaning your pool that aligns with usage frequency;

2.Regularly check and clean skimmer baskets as well as pump strainers to ensure proper functioning;

Following a consistent maintenance schedule will make pool cleaning more manageable while ensuring optimal swimming conditions.

Store Pool Cleaning Supplies Properly

After completing each cleaning session—proper storage keeps supplies organized & in top shape:

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1.Rinse all brushes, skimmers, vacuum attachments with clean water. Dry them thoroughly before storing away;
  • Tip: Avoid any possibility of mold/mildew formation by making sure everything is completely dry

2.Store chemicals in cool,dry location – out of reach from children & pets;

By properly storing your supplies, you’ll prolong their lifespan while keeping them readily available for future use.

Troubleshooting Common Pool Cleaning Issues

Even with regular maintenance routines—some common issues may arise. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

Cloudy Water

  • Check chemical levels including pH balance & chlorine content
  • Ensure filtration system is running optimally; consider backwashing or replacing filter media if necessary
  • Shock the pool using recommended methods & dosage if needed

Algae Growth

  • Test chemical levels especially chlorine content; shock the water if necessary
  • Scrub affected areas vigorously to remove algae buildup
  • Consider adding algaecide products following manufacturer instructions

pH Imbalance

  • Use appropriate testing kit to measure current level; adjust accordingly per recommendations on test results

Equipment Malfunction

  • Check for any visible signs of damage or blockages in equipment
  • Consult manufacturer instructions or contact a professional if needed

By addressing these common issues promptly and effectively, you’ll ensure a cleaner and safer swimming experience.


Regularly cleaning your pool is essential to maintain its cleanliness and overall health. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can keep your pool in top condition throughout the swimming season. Remember to gather all necessary supplies, remove debris from the pool, brush walls and floor, vacuum regularly, clean the filter, test and balance water chemistry regularly, clean the cover (if applicable), establish a regular cleaning schedule, store supplies properly after use,and troubleshoot common issues as they arise.

A well-maintained pool not only looks inviting but also provides a safe environment for swimmers of all ages. So dive into regular pool maintenance today!


  • Kiddie pools: Small plastic swimming pools designed for children.
  • Inflatable Pool: A type of pool that can be inflated and filled with water.
  • Bleach: A chemical disinfectant used to kill germs and bacteria in the pool water.
  • Pool covers: Protective covers placed over the pool to keep it clean when not in use.
  • Bucket: Container used for holding cleaning solution or water for cleaning purposes.
  • Warm water: Water at a comfortable temperature, usually used for diluting cleaning solutions or rinsing off surfaces.
  • Cleaning solution: Mixture of detergent or bleach with water, used for cleaning surfaces in the pool.
  • Pool vacuums: Devices that suck up debris from the bottom of the pool using suction power or manual operation.
    -Larger pool : A bigger sized swimming pool compared to smaller ones such as kiddie pools.
    -Chlorine levels : The amount of chlorine present in the pool water, which helps maintain sanitation and prevent algae growth.
    -Couple : Two items or measurements combined together (e.g., couple drops, couple times).
    -Germs : Microorganisms that may cause illness; often found on dirty surfaces.
    Pressure washer – A high-pressure device used to clean outdoor surfaces including plastic swimming pools by spraying jets of water onto them.
    -Kiddie Pool Water – The specific kind/type/pool category referring specifically to kiddie-pool-sized bodies of stagnant/chlorinated/stagnant chlorinated/water where small children are meant/designed/intended/supposed/expected/envisaged/hoped/anticipated/envisioned/prepared/projected/prognosticated/believed/predicted/planned/imagined/to play/swim during summer months while supervised by an adult/guardian/caretaker/responsible person(s)/caregiver .
    -Pool Water Clean – Describing well-maintained hygienic swimming pool water that is free from dirt, debris, algae or any other contaminants.
    -Above-ground Pool – A type of swimming pool constructed above the ground level instead of being dug into it.
    -Pool Chemical – Any substance used to treat and maintain proper chemical balance in the pool water for safety and cleanliness.
    -Pool Floor – The bottom surface/area/flooring/material of a plastic swimming pool where people walk/swim/stand/sit inside the structure.
    -Size Pool : Refers to determining/assessing/measuring/specifying/calculating the dimensions (length, width, depth) or overall capacity/volume/gallons/etc., of a plastic swimming pool.
    -Chlorine Dispenser: Device used to dispense chlorine tablets into the pool water automatically for maintaining consistent levels.
    -Clean Towel : Dry absorbent cloth/towel usually used to wipe surfaces dry after cleaning or drying off oneself after using/washing/rinsing/recreational activities in a plastic swimming pool.
    -Cleaning Methods – Various techniques/approaches/practices/processes/systems/steps utilized when cleaning/maintaining/plastic/swimming pools such as brushing/vacuuming/filtering/backwashing/chlorinating/shocking etc.
    -Harsh chemicals : Strong substances that can be potentially dangerous if not handled properly during use/cleaning processes; often have high toxicity levels/effectiveness against dirt/bacteria/algal growth etc
    -Filter pump: Device used to circulate and filter water in the swimming pools by removing impurities/particles/debris through filtration system within it.

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Mike Hunter

Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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