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6 Hacks To Minimize Pool Maintenance

It may be the end of summer, but the sun keeps shining in South Florida. Florida homeowners don’t have to worry about covering their pool during colder months, but they do have to deal with pool maintenance. There are many ways you can keep your pool clean, like using pool screens in Boca Raton, FL. Our pool screen enclosures feature industry-leading alloy, premium-grade Phifer screen cloths, and powder-coated paint to keep it strong enough to withstand just about anything.

However, to be on the safe side, many homeowners take down their enclosures during hurricane season and leave them down until the very last storm of the season passes. Without that barrier, your pool can get messy quickly. 

If you’re looking for ways to simplify the pool cleaning process, check out these useful hacks that require minimal work and even less money.

Clean Tiles With Cooking Staples

The next time you run out of product to remove the calcium scale, simply use vinegar stored in your kitchen cabinet. Add some vinegar to a sponge and watch how it removes calcium scaling from your pool tiles with ease. Not only is this solution convenient and more affordable than store-bought cleaners, but it also has significantly fewer chemicals.

If you don’t have vinegar on hand, then you probably have baking soda. If so, mix some baking soda in a small amount of water to create a thick paste. Apply this to the pool tiles and clean them down with a toothbrush, sponge, or regular brush. As you may know, it is important to ensure your pool tiles remain clean, as this prevents debris from accumulating and going into the pool.

The Pantyhose Trick

Nobody likes cleaning debris from their pool. We recommend using screen enclosures for this very reason. With proper maintenance and pool screen repair in Boca Raton, FL, finding debris in your pool will be a problem of the past.  However, if you currently are not using a screen enclosure, but want your filter system to remain efficient, protect it with a pair of worn pantyhose. Although this may sound strange, placing a pair of pantyhose around your skimmer baskets and skimmer nets will filter out debris before it reaches the filter system.

Lemons For Metal Stains

When water touches metal, this leads to rust. Unfortunately, you probably have a lot of metal material around your pool, like the handrails leading out of your pool and the legs of your reclining chairs. Get rid of rust or metal stains with a small amount of salt mixed into lemon juice. Scrub this mixture into all affected metal near your pool.

Tennis Ball To Remove Oil

Lots of pool time leads to lots of oil from body lotions, sunscreen, and the natural oil that our skin produces. An effective way to clean this out is by tossing a tennis ball into the water. The fibers will absorb and remove all oils, which makes it easier for pool cleaners to purify the water. You can leave the tennis ball in for a few hours or never take it out. 

Food Color To Detect Leaks

Do you suspect a leak? 

If you’re concerned about the drastic decline of your water line, you can locate the source using food coloring. First, turn off your pump and search the perimeter of the pool to locate cracks. Pour the food coloring in these areas and wait to see if and where the food coloring has flowed into the water. That’s the source of your leak. 

Thick Socks For Pool Stabilizers

If you don’t want your pool stabilizer leaving a milky residue in your pool, pour the stabilizer into a thick sock, tie it at the end, and place the sock in the skimmer. The stabilizer will slowly seep out of the sock over the course of many days without leaving suds behind. Alternatively, you can put the pool stabilizer in the filtration system.

Contact Screen Builders

These hacks will simplify pool cleaning this hurricane season. They will also keep you from spending a lot on pool maintenance. 

Do you have a pool but no enclosure? That’s where our team comes in handy. 

With over 30 years in business and a Better Business Bureau A+ rating, you can trust our products and workmanship. For pool screens in Boca Raton, FL, contact Screen Builders. Call (561) 793-6029 for a free quote.