Maintaining your pool involves a few basic tasks such as scrubbing the walls, skimming the water surface and maintaining the water balance. But what equipment do you need to keep your pool or hot tub in proper condition and what purpose do these tools serve? The following checklist will put you in the know.
- Leaf skimmer—Framed shallow mesh screen connected to a telescopic handle for collecting floating surface debris.
- Leaf net/rake—An oval-shaped frame with deep netting for collecting large debris (leaves, twigs) from the pool floor.
- Wall brush—Rounded or curved ends to fit pool contours and to prevent scraping or tearing of vinyl pool liners. Connects to a standard or telescopic pole and features several long rows of bristles or foam pads to scrub away scum and algae from pool surfaces.
- Deck brush—Available in hand-held or pole models, these brushes contain synthetic bristles for scrubbing deck surfaces and coping.
- Tile scrubber—Has a pole handle and a moulded plastic base with a press-on scrub pad and sponge for cleaning tile around the pool at the waterline.
- Algae brush—Offered in several lengths with a straight edge containing several rows of stainless steel bristles for removing algae from concrete pool surfaces.
- Pumice stone—A brick-shaped stone for removing scum buildup along the waterline.
- Rust/algae stone—Contains fine grit for removing stubborn stains from concrete pools.
- Automatic pool vacuum—Suction models vacuum up leaves, dirt, and debris and send it directly to the pool’s filtration system through a flexible, adjustable hose connected to the skimmer. Operates with or without a main drain and cleans the pool using compressed water from the filter pump for power.
- Sweep models—Push dirt and debris into the pool’s main drain where a leaf basket over the drain collects the leaves while sediment is sucked through the main drain and removed by the filter.
- Robotic pool cleaners—Operate independently of the pool pump and filter and move around the pool in a pre-programmed pattern collecting debris in their own filter bag while they scrub, sweep, and vacuum the pool. They are simply dropped into the pool and plugged in without the need for installation or hoses. Check out this video on the "Dolphin Pool" Cleaner.
- Hand-held vacuums—Operate using simple hydraulics and without the need for batteries or wires. They are positioned over sediment and debris and squeezed or primed to draw in sand and small pebbles. Some models feature an internal vacuum motor powered by a rechargeable battery.
- Cartridge filter cleaners—Attached to the end of a standard garden hose, they feature soft rubber ‘fingers’ that separate the cartridge pleats, sending streams of water between them.
- Water fill filters—Attached to a garden hose when refilling the hot tub with water, a hot tub filter traps fine particles.
- Brushes—Attached to a standard or telescopic pole, non-scratch hot tub brushes feature a rubber edge and soft bristles in a semi-circular design to clean hard to reach areas inside the hot tub.
- Pads & mittens—Specially designed to remove built-up grease and grime in hot tubs without damaging the surface of the hot tub shell.
Patio-Plus & The Pool Place can equip you with all the tools you'll need to maintain your pool or hot tub.
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