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5 Pool Maintenance Hacks You Need to Try

On May 22, 2017

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Swimming pool maintenance becomes routine after a while. You brush and vacuum the pool with the understanding that it is part of the responsibility of pool ownership. There are a few tips that make maintenance easier.

Check out our top 5 hacks to make pool maintenance less of a hassle this summer:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great cleaner. Make a paste of baking soda and use it to clean the tile in the pool at the waterline. The bicarbonate of soda foams a little when water is added. Your tile can collect oil from lotions and soaps on swimmers. The gentle, non-toxic paste and its little foam will remove the oil and grime while adding alkaline to your pool water. 

Baking soda works well on grout and caulking. Use it to clean the decking. It will not hurt wood, stone, plantings, grass or the pool. This is a good cleaner for spa tubs.

Tennis Ball

A tennis ball is another good cleaner to soak up oils. Use an old felt tennis ball to pick up any slick oil spots floating on the surface. Wash the tennis ball and reuse it for more spots.

You can also rub it along the surface near the waterline to pick up oil from any pool material. This includes fiberglass and vinyl pool liners. The tennis ball is mildly abrasive, but it will not harm surfaces. Tennis balls are also good for cleaning spa tubs.


Old, torn pantyhose can be recycled for pool maintenance use with your skimmer basket. Wrap old pantyhose around the skimmer basket to collect tiny particles of debris that might pass through the skimmer's screen. Pantyhose are very fine denier nylon, and they work as a strainer or filter.

Clean out the basket and discard the old pantyhose when they are worn. Wrap pantyhose around your hand skimmer to pick up finer debris floating on the surface.

Leaf Blower or Power Washer

A leaf blower or power washer can be used to remove debris from your pool cover. Do not use either machine full blast. Use the blower to get rid of leaves, twigs, and dirt from the pool cover as well as the decking after a rain or wind storm. The power washer on a low setting can also be used to remove dirt and debris from a heavy cover before it gets into the water.


Keep bugs away from your pool with plants such as lemongrass or any form of citronella. Plant lemongrass in attractive pots and hanging baskets. Mosquitos are always a problem, but bees and wasps may decide to move into your pool area.

A small, brown paper bag stuffed with old plastic bags will resemble a wasp nest if it is hung under the eaves of a patio awning. This will keep wasps away since they don't nest near other nests.

Hang dryer fabric softener sheets from a line near the pool or patio area. This also keeps mosquitos and other flying insects away.

Swimming pool maintenance starts with checking your water level. If your pool's water level drops unexpectedly, you may have a leak. Check your drains, skimmer, and pool fittings. Call Aquaman Leak Detection for repairs as soon as your suspect a problem. We can often detect and repair your leak in one visit.

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