A Guide to DIY Cleaning Your Own Swimming Pool


If you own a swimming pool, you could save money by doing the cleaning yourself rather than hiring a professional service. The maintenance of a swimming pool requires a significant amount of time and effort, and you should check the water’s chemical balance a minimum of three times per week.

However, it is well worth the effort to ensure that your pool is clean and that it is safe for use.

Step 1: Brushing and Skimming

DIY Swimming Pool Cleaning

Check that You Have All of the Necessary Supplies

Take an inventory of your supplies before you start skimming and brushing the surface of your pool. Check that you have it all you require in your possession.

  • Ensure that you are in possession of a telescopic pole. The majority of pool cleaning supplies is designed to attach to a pole similar to this one; therefore, having one available is helpful. You should probably wipe down the pole to ensure that it is free of any wreckage that might possibly contaminate your pool.
  • A leaf skimmer, also known as a skimmer net, is an essential piece of equipment for cleaning swimming pools. The telescoping pole comes with a miniature net that can be attached to it. The leaves and other wreckage that floats on top of your pool can be removed with the help of this net. Leaf skimmers, like any other pool cleaning equipment, need to be emptied and cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Having a pool brush handy is a must. You can use this tool to scrub the pool’s walls, ladders, and steps. It’s important to regularly rinse out the pool brush to remove built-up dust and grime.

Use a Leaf Skimmer for the Surface of the Pool

The leaf skimmer is the first piece of equipment you should use when cleaning the pool. This is something that must be carried out on a daily basis to keep the pool surface clean.

  • Maintaining the pool in this manner is not particularly difficult. To get started, fasten the skimmer to the end of the telescoping pole.
  • The debris should then be removed using the net. It’s not uncommon for objects like twigs and other types of flora to end up in outdoor pools. You need only make use of the net skimmer in order to eliminate any foreign bodies that are visible floating on the surface of the pool’s water.

Clean the Pool’s Walls and Ladder Using a Brush

Once the surface of the pool is clear of debris, use a pool brush to scrub the walls and any access ramps. This should be completed once every week.

Put the pool brush on the end of the telescoping pole and scrub those spots with some elbow grease. It’s important to remember that some places, like the bottom of the steps, may require more water than others.

Step 2: Vacuuming Swimming Pool

DIY Vacuum Cleaning Pool

Choose a Hoover for the Pool

When it comes to cleaning the surfaces of a swimming pool, a pool hoover is the tool of choice. There are several distinct kinds of pool vacuums, each of which is designed to address a particular set of circumstances and requirements.

  • There are three basic varieties of automatic vacuums. A pool’s filtration system is vulnerable to damage from debris; hence tube side cleaners are not suggested. Attaching to the back jet of the filtration system of the pool, pressure side cleaners filter out debris from the water and collect it in a bag. But, this does call for some sifting on your part.
  • A robotic pool cleaner is the most effective type of automatic cleaner. These mobile units collect trash from the pool floor as they drive themselves around the pool. The one drawback is that they are usually quite pricey.
  • The use of a manual pool hoover can help you save some cash. A manual pool hoover can be purchased on the internet. A hardware shop might also sell them. There must be instructions on how to assemble and operate the hoover.

Get the Hoover Ready

Choose the greatest pool hoover for your requirements, and then install it. Most pool vacuums will have some sort of user manual to help you get started.

  • The head of a manual hoover can typically be attached to the telescoping pole. Next, lower the hoover blade into the pool carefully.
  • The next step is to lower the faucet into the swimming pool. Before connecting the hose to the pump found on most manual hoover cleaners, make sure the hose is completely depressurized. If the hose is attached to the pump before the pressure has been released, the pump could be damaged.
  • Each hoover cleaner should have its own set of instructions from the manufacturer. There is generally a phone number on the hoover pump packaging that you may call if you have any queries about how to use it.

Pools Should be Vacuumed Just Like a Carpet

Pool vacuums are used in the same way that carpet vacuum is used. Scrub the pool floor with the hoover cleaner, spending more time in spots that look grimier. You don’t have to perform the vacuuming yourself if you have an automatic cleaner.

Try to Do a Weekly Vacuuming

The pool bottom collects a lot of trash and microorganisms over time. To maintain its appearance and be safe for usage, you should hoover your pool a minimum of once a week.

  • A pool vacuum helps improve the color of your pool water

Step 3: Use Pool Cleaners

Pool Cleaning Chemical

Determine the pH Level of the Water

Chemicals in the water keep the pool looking fresh and tidy. Environmental and human factors can influence chemical concentrations. The pH of the pool water should be checked at least 3 times per week to ensure it is safe for swimmers.

  • You can buy a pH tester at a local supermarket. You should read reviews of different brands before making a purchasing decision to make sure you’re buying a reliable brand. Once you’ve selected a tester, use this to check your pool’s pH levels.
  • The pH level of your pool should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Depending on how users chlorinate their pool, they may find that attempting to maintain a pool with a low pH will bring frequent acid additions. If you’re frequently adding acid you may want to look into lowering your Total Alkalinity(TA) level. If it your pH is outside these ranges, use either pH reducer or pH increaser. Apply as needed to bring your pool to the proper pH range.

The Pool Filter Should be Checked

The area near your pool’s filter should be kept clean at all times. Ensure that there is no buildup of dirt and grime in the pool filter. You should clear the filter of any debris if you see it.

Add Some Chlorine Pills for Sanitation

You may find sanitising tablets in numerous hardware stores and on the internet. They have a slow dissolving time and discharge chlorine to disinfect the pool. Follow the label directions for adding pills to your pool. Skimmer, floater, and automatic feeder tablets will ensure that these tools are also free of bacteria.

Put Pool Shock in Mind

Shock treatment for swimming pools is designed to eliminate bacteria that thrive in organic waste products like human hair, urine, and perspiration. Use pool shock when you’re concerned about contamination.

Step 4: Cleaning a Soiled Swimming Pool

Pool Water PH Test

Use a Leaf Net to Gather Up the Trash

It will take more time and energy to clean a pool whose water has become green from filth and debris. To begin with, you might expect to see a film of scum floating on the water’s surface.

If you want to keep your pool looking nice, you shouldn’t utilize a skimmer to clean it. If there is debris on the pool’s surface, use a leaf basket to collect it. You can find a leaf net at any hardware shop if you don’t already have one.

Chemicals Adjusting

If a pool is particularly dirty, there is a good chance that it contains microorganisms that are undesirable. You will need to make adjustments to the substance levels until the water in the pool may be used without risk.

  • The water’s pH should be checked and adjusted as needed. If your pool is green, lowering the pH to 7.2 may be the first step in getting rid of the algae. This is due in part to the fact that excessive quantities of chlorine render many pH tests useless. Adjusting the pH to a safe level will likely take several days and some experimentation with pH reduction and increase. It’s possible that the pool’s alkalinity levels need to be raised as well as the pH. [15] A decent pH range is between 7.2 and 7.8, however, 7.2 is the sweet spot for cleaning a green pool.
  • Shocking the pool is necessary. To restore it to swimming quality, you may need to use several litres of pool shocks over the duration of several days, as the water is likely to be rather unclean. Put in three to four gallons to get started. Check the pool water in the morning to see if it has become a different colour (light green, cloudy white, or clear). If it hasn’t, wait 24 hours and add another 3–4 gallons. Do this until the water turns the desired hue, and then stop.

Maintain the Filter in Operation Around the Clock

For a few days, you’ll need to leave the pool filter on continuously. The pool will be cleaned of any dirt and bacteria that have accumulated.

  • You should backwash your filter at least thrice a day. Filters are vulnerable to damage and clogging by green water. When scrubbing a particularly grimy pool, it is common practice to wastewater dispose of the filter several times.
  • If the pool doesn’t clear up in 4 or 5 days, the filtration system should be checked. Something may be amiss with your filtration process if you notice this. In order to utilise the pool again without risk, you might need to have it repaired or replaced.

Vacuum the Ground of the Pool

 After the water in the pool has been clarified and the pH levels have been adjusted to their proper levels, you can use the pool hoover to clean the floor.

It could take more time and effort to hoover the pool due to the accumulation of debris on the pool bottom. If you are not familiar with cleaning pools, and there is a lot of dirt on the floor, you may want to hire a professional.

Debris can lead to pipe blockages that can be costly to fix, and it can also shorten the life of your pool’s filtration system.