Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Keep Your Pool Sparkling

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Keep Your Pool Sparkling

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Vani Naidoo

SLIPPING into a sparkling pool on a hot day is more a necessity than an indulgence in a country in which temperatures can reach dizzying heights.

In Australia the backyard pool is close to being the norm but spending hours cleaning it, especially after a long working week, is not the most desirable option.

The trick, experts say, is doing a little often. Cleaning your pool is of course essential, both to prevent the spread of bacteria and also to maximise enjoyment, and regular maintenance will help keep the water clear and you in it instead of scrubbing on the sidelines.

To get you started you will need the correct cleaning supplies. Your best accessory will be a telescopic pole (from $24.99) because most cleaning equipment will fit on to it. You also need a leaf net ($21.95) and a pool brush ($18.95) to scrub the walls and floor.

The push these days is to stay away from chemicals but all pools, whether saltwater or fresh, need some form of chlorine as a sanitising agent.

Saltwater pool chlorinators generate their own chlorine but for freshwater, adding chlorine manually is recommended.

There are so many chemicals on the market, all of which have differing impacts on the pH and water balance, that it is a good idea to check with a professional who can suggest the correct products for your circumstances.

More often than not your local pool shop provides this service free of charge and can provide advice, for example, on whether you should consider stabilised pool chlorine, to prevent sunlight from extracting the chlorine, or just stick with the usual run-of-the-mill variety.

Pool cleaners

The cheapest but probably most time-consuming option (90 minutes once a week) is the hand vacuum. It is attached to your skimmer box to create suction and then you move it around manually to clean the pool. …

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