An inflatable pool is a water fun activity that kids, young, and adults love to do especially during the summer season. Staying in the water on a sunny day helps us relax and refreshes our bodies. It is also the time that you can enjoy with your family even in your backyard.
After several days, you find your inflatable pool with lots of greenish slimy things, and that is called a “mold”. Molds are plant-like organisms which usually of the color green, black, brown, or orange. Molds are formed usually in moisture or wet areas. They are from tiny spores from fallen leaves or dead trees that eventually grow when wet. A mold will develop or grow within 24-48 hours of water exposure. Some factors that may exist are the following.
If the water in the pool is not changed very often, accumulated bacteria and dirt will swamp the water surface and eventually will become molds. We can’t avoid changing the water from time to time as it is not economical. So, every week’s replacement of water onto your inflatable pool is recommended.
Molds usually develop and grow faster in warm water and warm environment rather than in cool temperatures. So, if it is possible to keep your pool at 30 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit please do so, to avoid molds.
Pools are also treated with chemicals to clean. This chemical is suitable and not harmful to humans because it is already tested. But be careful also not to put too many chemicals as it will cause also some molds. Also, not enough treatment chemicals will definitely develop molds. Just follow the recommended amount and the pH level should be between 7 and 7.4 for optimal health of the pool and people who swim in it.
STORAGE IS INAPPROPRIATE
Most of the molds that develop are during storage that is not totally dry. This is a great environment for molds to grow. So, the best way is to keep your pool directly in the heat of the sun before folding and be sure that it is completely dry.
So, if you are having trouble cleaning your inflatable pool due to heavy molds. Here are some tips on how you can clean it properly.
Vinegar, aside from its use for cooking, may also use for cleaning. It has an antibacterial property and as we all know it is acidic. It is cheap and can be seen at a home.
To use it, pour enough undiluted white vinegar into the empty spray bottle to cover the area of mold growth. Spray the mold directly, fully saturating it with the vinegar, and allow the vinegar to sit for at least an hour. Don’t be tempted to scrub or rinse, the mold needs time to completely absorb the vinegar
Using bleach is also the first choice that we will use when cleaning. There are a lot of types of bleach that we buy in supermarkets today.
When it using to remove molds, just mix 1 cup into 1 gallon of water. We will also use a spray bottle for our mixture. Like in the method of vinegar, spray into the affected areas with molds and let set in for an hour.
To have a better and more effective cleaning material, you can also use the option of baking soda. Baking soda is known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda which is one of the ingredients for baking.
To use this just mix two parts of baking soda with one part of vinegar and one-part water. Mix until it becomes a thick paste. Spread some of the mixtures onto the surface and let it dry. Scrub and repeat until the molds disappear.
TIPS ON HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN
On cleaning the inflatable pool, here are the best tips you can follow to keep it nice and you can still use it for a long time.
- After your swimming activity and its cleaning time, prepare the following materials that you will need for cleaning. First is a bucket or a pool pump if available, a protective glove, cleaning agents, scrub, sponge, damp cloth, and hose that is attached to the water outlet.
- Drain the water inside the pool. There’s a plug somewhere in the side of the pool that you can open which will easily drain the water. Wait until the pool is fully empty.
If you have an available submersible pump for a pool vacuum, it is highly recommended to use it for a faster clearing process of water. And if ever you do not have the device, you can just also use a bucket in addition to draining.
- If you have already seen molds develop on the sides of the pool or even at the bottom of it, prepare the cleaning agents that we mentioned above and follow the steps respectively.
- After putting our cleaning agents, scrub the lining of the pool the inside and outside. Make sure to keep on scrubbing until molds are not visible. Some dirt is hard to get off so you should have a lot of patience with you.
- After scrubbing, rinse the entire pool with water. Use a hose that is attached to the water outlet to easily rinse off the dirt.
- Dry your pool directly from the sun. This will avoid molds from developing on the inflatable pool. To have better drying, it is also recommended to place the inflatable pool vertically to also dry the bottom of it.
- After full drying, you can now deflate the inflatable pool. Open the nozzle of it to release the air. Some of the inflatables have 3 nozzles so open it all.
- After deflating you need a helping hand to fold the pool, make sure that you are doing this away from a wet area to avoid molds.
- Lastly, keep the pool in a dry and secure place.
HOW TO KEEP THE POOL CLEAN EVEN WITHOUT DRAINING?
Pools can still be maintained without frequent cleaning, scrubbing, draining, and water replacement. There are a lot of devices that we can use nowadays that will lessen our hassle. To have a better idea, the following are the things that you might consider.
According to Holly Jender of River Pools and Spas, the filter pump system works by pulling the pool water from the skimmer(s) on the pool wall and the main drain(s) on or near the bottom of the pool. The water flows through the pump to the filter, which removes dirt, debris, and (if the filter is good) bacteria.
Having a pool cover will eventually keep leaves and debris out of your inflatable pool as it is not open. Water will not also be exposed to sunlight as algae need to grow. This will also lessen your cleaning.
Treating water with chemicals is one method to keep the water clean. The right amount of chemicals will make an appropriate for humans to swim assuring that it is clean. You can add a small amount of chlorine to sanitize it. Add about a ¼ tsp of every 10 gallons of water, for medium-sized inflatable pools, add 2 ½ tsp for every 100 gallons. You should only do this every couple of weeks and not often.
In conclusion, there are lots of ways and solutions to clean the molds of an inflatable pool. Following also the proper cleaning can surely avoid the development of bacteria on dirt. Investing also in devices will surely help with cleaning and will lessen your hassle. Be sure also to keep your inflatable pool in dry storage.