Swimming pools are an exciting, and cool way to exercise and relax at home, or in school or club. Most of us would have had dreamt of owing a swimming pool at some point of our lives. However, maintaining a swimming pool is no simple feat. It requires great deal of regular upkeep to ensure health and hygiene. Pool needs to be treated using chemicals, maintain water temperature and clean on a reguar basis. A very important aspect of that regular upkeep is to brush your swimming pool regularly. Although not a much discussed topic, but there are several reasons to brush your pool often. Here in this article, we will discuss why one must brush their pool. We will also discuss various types of brushes and why they are used for specific purposes.
Why to Brush a Poll?
- Prevent Scaling of Pool Walls: Pools and other such water bodies tend to absorb particles present in the outside air. These particles if not filtered out, would settle down at the bottom. This is how it starts to build a layer of scale. Brushing is an ideal way to keep scale layer from forming.
- Preventing Stains: Swimming Pool are often stained with a mixture of oil, metal, dirt, and minerals. Sometimes tiny objects also damages the walls. Brushing the surface to rid it of any dust, help nip the bud, where the stain would begin.
- Preventing Algae Formation: Perhaps the most dreaded of all pool-related issue is the formation of algae. It is the most common form of pool related issue. The porous and moist surface plays a good host to Algae.
- Preventing Etching: A pool that has often been brushed is smoother and softer. Using salt and calcium while brushing helps in protecting the pool surface against corrosive elements.
- Last but not least, the process of brushing is a good exercise to build strength. The task of brushing a swimming pool wall is no mere feat and requires exhaustive efforts.
When to Brush a Pool?
- Just After Plastering : Once a pool is plastered or pebbled, there are vast amounts of dust particles attached to its surface. This dust needs to be wiped clean regularly. For the first couple weeks, brush 2 to 3 times regularly.
- After Addition of Chemicals: Some pool chemicals do not dissolve and dissipate with water immediately. They require brushing to help it dissolve into the water—this help in reducing stain, scale issue post chemical treatment.
- Stain Removal or Algae : Stubborn stains along with algae is not easy to remove using chemicals. They require use of soap or detergent to come clean. So as is with kitchen cutlery, even fibreglass swimming pools need a thorough brushing.
For the best results, it is advised to clean the pool twice in a week.
How to start Brushing a Pool?
- Use Short poles for the walls, extending the same poles for the floor work.
- Start with Brushing the steps, followed by benches and shallow end walls respectively.
- Following the Brushing with the shallow end floor, stepping towards the main end drain.
- Lastly Brushing the deep ends wall along with the deep end floor.
- Always keep the back bone straight, and use a follow-thru with longer reaches.
- For the walls, always pull on the pole using the guide hand, which helps to keep the brush firm against the wall.
It is required to be thorough and consistent in the efforts of cleaning a pool. Important to brush towards the main drain. Specially when removing tough stains like the algae, it could get really taxing as algae is not easy to remove. When your hands and legs start to pain, that would mean the algae cleaning is going well. This leads us to the next most important question regarding pool brushing, what type of brush? There are so many examples of pool brushes that it is easy to get confused.
Different Types of Pool Brushes?
- The Nylon brush bristles – ideal for all type of pool surfaces
- Stainless steel infused brush – ideal for plaster or pebbled surfaces
- Length sizes of 18″ is considered standard. Furthermore, 22, 24 and 36 inches are available too
- Brushes with Aluminum handle helps in adding strength and durability
- Special Corner brush – ideal for skimmers, jets and corners
The bristle sizes are used for various types of work based on the need. The 22″ brush is stiff which help in deep cleaning. Then there are deluxe pool brushes which are large in size and help in cutting down the brushing time.
Care of Your Pool Brush
As a final tip for those looking to buy brush, always get a storage unit made for the pool brushes. This can be indoor or in the shed. A proper storage facility help ensure longer life of the brush against extreme cold and hot weather.
Always remember to replace the brushes where the bristles have worn out. Every 4 to 5 years, the brushes generally require a change. If you have still been using your old pool brush, it is time to get hold of a new one. This will help give your pool a clean look. Brushes should be cleaned using a cleaning agent quite regularly. This help keep them clean and last a longer while.
How Often To Brush
Your pool use will determine the brush needs of the pool. If your pool is outdoor, you may require extensive cleaning, which is around 3 to 4 times in a week. On the other hand, if the pool is indoor, the same brushing could be reduced to 1 to 2 times a week. Regular brushing help maintain a clean look and avoid any infection.
If there are multiple people in the family and the pool is occupied most parts of the day, the brushing needs may go up to 5 to 6 days a week. This is owing to the fact that the more people swim, the more dirt that gets accumulated into the water. The same dirt then gets attached to the pool surface. There regular cleaning is the best bet against excessive pool use.