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Tips for Keeping Pool Equipment Clean

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As a pool owner, you probably already know about pool maintenance best practices. You've likely learned how to open your pool at the start of the season and properly shut it down before the cold weather sets in. While these tips are essential for pool owners, it's important not to forget about keeping your pool equipment safe and clean as well. No matter how long pool toys and floats sit in chlorinated water, it won't remove the mold and mildew that build up on them. You'll need to follow these guidelines for keeping your equipment free of slimy substances.

Grab a sponge and get to work on your pool equipment.Grab a sponge and get to work on your pool equipment.

Use the Right Cleaning Products
Bleach effectively removes germs, mold and mildew from your pool equipment. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon and 1 gallon of water, then brush it on the toy or float and let it sit there for a few minutes. Wipe it down and dry it completely. If you'd rather use something less harsh, try mixing 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 quart water and following the same set of instructions. Doing so will not only remove the slimy film and clean your equipment, but it will also remove pungent odors. For toys and floats that are especially dirty, don't even bother mixing baking soda with water. Instead, sprinkle some of the powder onto a damp sponge and wipe the object down briskly.

Learn Good Pool Habits
If you don't take care of your pool and treat the water with all of the necessary chemicals and substances, you risk algae formation in the water and on pool surfaces. This could then cause it to form on your pool equipment, and the issue will spread even farther. Be sure to follow all of the rules and requirements of maintaining proper pool hygiene, and always remove toys and floats from the water when you're finished using them. 

"Mold and mildew grow in damp, dark places."

Store Equipment Properly
Mold and mildew grow in damp, dark places. When stowing away used pool equipment, be sure to dry it beforehand and tuck it away in a covered trunk. This will keep it dry any time it rains or in the morning when the ground is dewy. During the day when the sun is shining bright, open the cover and let the rays' healing powers dry out all of the equipment. 


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