Pool-Cleaning Tools

All it takes is the right tools.

Keeping a pool clean not only makes it more attractive, it is essential to maintaining the pool. Invest in the right tools, and you will find that cleaning is more efficient and less of a bother.

  • A leaf skimmer is a lightweight net that helps you remove large particles that enter your pool, such as leaves, bugs, and twigs. Use a succession of aluminum extension poles to reach as far as you need to.
  • A liner brush wipes the walls of your pool. This will help prevent the buildup of algae and other slime. Different types are available for concrete and vinyl-lined pools. Use the same extension poles as for the skimmer.
  • A hand-operated vacuum allows you to clean the bottom and sides of your pool. Choose one made for your type and size of pool — one that is too powerful will damage a vinyl lining.
  • An automatic pool cleaner creeps around the pool, cleaning all the surfaces. It has its own debris bag. Because it makes pool vacuuming easier, it may be worth the cost. Buy a model that is designed for your type and size of pool.

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