Brushing your swimming pool on a consistent basis is essential to keeping your pool’s finish looking great.
Ever have a pair of jeans that don’t get washed enough? What happens? They stain! The dirt gets embedded in the fabric and the jeans take on the color of the dirt.
The same is true of your plaster, pebble, quartz, hydrazzo and various other finishes: if you don’t run a brush over the surface regularly it will stain.
So how does someone brush properly?
It’s really easy: use a nylon (or 50/50 nylon/stainless steel) pool brush. Make sure the bristles are in good shape- they will deteriorate of left in the sun. Fasten the brush to you telepole and run the brush down the walls and over all the steps. If you have a pool/spa combo make sure and get all areas of the spa. You don’t have to muscle up, just run the brush over the area and let the bristles do their thing.
What areas do you skip?
Most people don’t brush the floor of the pool and I’m okay with that. As long as you have an automatic pool cleaner with a tail, it will scrub the floor for you (more on pool cleaners in this blog…). If your pool cleaner doesn’t have a tail then its best to get the floor too- this is a real pain so it’s another reason to have a good pressure side pool cleaner. Remember, the pool cleaner doesn’t clean or brush the spa so it’s up to you to include this section of your investment.
Brushing keeps the pool finish smother. Dirt build up makes it rougher. Spend 5-10 minutes each week to keep that sparkle or hire your local pool service to do it for you.
Mike the Poolman
Pool Service & Repair in Folsom, CA since 1995