The holidays have arrived again and you’re searching for a gift that your children will enjoy. You consider several options before you decide that an inflatable pool might be a worthwhile investment. Sure, you may not be able to use it right away, but you can still purchase one at a time when the price may be less expensive than it will be in the future.
Inflatable pools are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes; each with its own unique cleaning and care needs. No matter if you have a smaller kiddie pool for your infant, or a larger model complete with a filter and disinfection system, it’s important for the safety of your family as well as the life of the pool to clean, disinfect and store the unit properly.
Cleaning a Smaller Inflatable Pool
A smaller inflatable pool is generally three to five feet in diameter and drained after each use. If this is the type of pool you have displayed in your backyard, it’s important to periodically clean it between uses. This not only helps keep your kids safe, it also eradicates any insects that will send your kids running for the house.
- Empty the pool completely and wipe out the inside with a dry rag. Pay attention to get all the nooks and crannies where insects could be hiding.
- Create a mixture of liquid dish soap and water inside a plastic spray bottle. Replace the bottle’s top and shake to incorporate the ingredients.
- Spray down the inside of the pool with the soapy water before wiping down every inch with a clean rag. Rinse off the inside of the pool thoroughly with a garden hose, before refilling it and letting the kids go wild.
Disinfecting Your Smaller Inflatable Pool
Because your smaller inflatable pool doesn’t come equipped with a filtration or disinfection system, it must be cleaned with a mixture of bleach and water, to kill any potential and sometimes unavoidable RWI, or recreational water illnesses. Disinfect the pool after removing it from storage, at least once-a-month during the summer and one last time before storage.
- Drain the pool completely before creating a mixture of five-gallons of water and 1/4 cup chlorine bleach. There are also liquid disinfectants available at pool supply companies that will safely and effectively eliminate any RWI.
- Slip on a pair of rubber gloves before scrubbing down the inner walls and floor of the inflatable pool with the bleach mixture and a soft plastic scrub brush. Once again, work the mixture into the hard-to-reach places to ensure every square inch of the pool is clean.
- Rinse out the pool thoroughly with a garden hose, and allow it to dry for at least five to six hours, before refilling it and allowing your kids in.
Cleaning a Larger Model
Just because your larger inflatable pool comes equipped with a handy disinfecting and filtration system doesn’t mean you can skip periodic deep cleanings.
- Empty out the water and allow the pool to dry for a few hours, before climbing inside and cleaning off the walls and floor with a broom and dust pan.
- Toss the collected debris into a sturdy garbage can before spraying down the inner walls with a garden hose. Starting from the top, work your way down to dislodge any dirt or algae clinging to the walls.
- Mix a 1/4 cup liquid bleach or disinfectant with five-gallons of water. Slip on a respirator, or at least cover your nose with a handkerchief, before you begin scrubbing down the inner walls and floor with either product. Once finished, rinse off the pool well before draining it a final time, wiping down the walls with towels to remove any excess water and allowing the pool to dry for at least 24 hours.
Storing Your Pool for the Winter
No matter what the inflatable pool’s size, it’s important to clean the unit and allow it to dry for at least 12 to 24 hours before storing. Deflate the pool before placing it into the original box, if possible, and store it in a warm, dry place to prevent cracking or tears.
Even if you’re buying one as a Christmas gift, inflatable pools are a fun and inexpensive way to keep your little ones entertained during the warm weather. However, it’s only through adequate maintenance during the course of the year that will guarantee your pool’s use.