No matter how hot it gets outside, taking a dip in a swimming pool is always refreshing. It’s even better when your swimming pool is in your backyard. If you have kids or grandkids, or if you just enjoy spending time outdoors, a small inflatable pool may be exactly what you need. Inflatable pools are affordable and easy to install. But as we all know, water can get dirty very quickly—especially when kids are involved! Keeping your kiddie pool clean is essential for preventing the spread of bacteria and disease. Luckily, this task can be fairly easy if you follow the right steps.
Do Inflatable Pools Need Chlorine?
You will need to add chlorine to your inflatable pool, but there is a reason why. Chlorine is a chemical that kills germs and bacteria. It is not toxic, but it is a strong oxidizer that can irritate the skin and eyes if it comes in contact with them in high concentrations.
Chlorine gas dissolves well in water and forms hypochlorous acid when dissolved; this solution destroys microorganisms by damaging their cell walls. The most common form of chlorine used for pools and spas is calcium hypochlorite (calcium hypochlorite) because it is easy to manufacture and inexpensive as well as being effective against most common micro-organisms found in swimming pools or spas.”
The Importance of A Clean Pool
A clean pool is one of the most important things you can have for your family. Clean pools are safer, healthier, and more fun for your entire family. They are also easier to maintain!
Clean pools are safer because they have fewer contaminants floating in or on top of them that could cause illness when swallowed or inhaled. They don’t collect dangerous chemicals (like chlorine) in their water which can cause burns or other injuries if swallowed by a child or pet. A clean pool also prevents any dangerous bacteria from growing inside the walls of your inflatable pool which could be harmful to anybody who comes into contact with it later down the road (think: kids playing on hot summer days).
Cleaning up after yourself is essential because it will help extend its lifespan so you don’t have to replace it as often—and cleaning up after yourself means washing off all those germs and dirt particles before they start multiplying over time too!
Germs can Spread More Easily in Kiddie Pools
Summer is here, which means lots of kids are going to be playing in kiddie pools. But if you think a pool is just a pool, you may want to think again.
“A lot of people don’t know that germs can spread more easily in a kiddie pool,” says Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC‘s Healthy Swimming Program.
That’s because water from the pool’s filtration system can splash out of the pool and onto other surfaces, such as slides or diving boards. It also can splash back into the pool when kids jump in — and those splashes have germs on them, Hlavsa tells Shots.
Kiddie pools have less water than larger pools do — about 2 feet deep instead of 10 feet or more — which helps keep young children safe from drowning but makes it harder for them to get clean after using the bathroom or touching dirty objects outside. And even though most pools now use chlorine to kill germs in the water, it only works when it’s at an optimal level. If levels get too low because someone has been peeing in the pool (gross!), then bacteria will start growing again — and make kids sick with diarrhea or vomiting.
- Avoid using bleach. The chlorine in bleach can be harmful to children, so while it’s a great cleaning product for your home, it’s not something you want to use on your inflatable pool.
- Avoid harsh chemicals. While some harsher chemicals may work for getting rid of algae or other contaminants, if you’re trying to keep your kids safe, it’s best to avoid these products altogether.
- Use less chlorine in the water than what was recommended on the bottle of pool chemicals specifically designed for kiddie pools (usually about half as much). A higher concentration of chlorine could irritate eyes and skin and even cause breathing problems when inhaled over time!
How to Add Pool Chemicals to a Kiddie Pool
Fill the pool with water before adding bleach and borax. After an hour, test with the strips. The chlorine level should be at least 3.0, and the pH should be at least 7.4. You may probably disregard the bromine and alkalinity. When your numbers are in order, add the algaecide dose and you’re ready to go swimming!
Before each swim, examine the pool. If the chlorine level is less than 2.0, mix in one dose of chlorine granules. Test again, and then wait 10 minutes before swimming.
Empty the pool once a week for the highest level of safety, and then follow the same chemical protocol, starting with bleach and borax, then algaecide, and finally chlorine when the level drops below 2.0. I’m sure I’ll push that envelope, especially if the water still looks clean, but it’s a good rule of thumb to follow.
Things You Should Do To Keep Your Pool Clean
Use a Skimmer Net
A skimmer net is an affect tool for cleaning large inflatable pools. It’s a long pole with a net on the end that you can use to scoop up leaves and other debris from the surface of your pool.
The skimmer net is also good for removing leaves and other debris from the ground of your pool. Once you’ve got your skimmer net, follow these steps:
1. Make sure your filter pump is running, so that any large debris that you remove will be caught in the filter basket.
2. Using one hand to hold the pole steady, dip the net into the water and pull it out quickly, causing any debris to be pulled along with it into the net.
3. Remove all debris from the net onto a trash bag or towel before putting it back in your pool so that no loose pieces are floating around in your water when you are done cleaning!
Disinfectants used to disinfect swimming pool water must meet specific requirements. They should be non-irritating and safe for swimmers and spectators. They must be active in low quantities and over an extended periodperiodnfectants for swimming pool treatment, unlike drinking water disinfectants, must be active in the pool itself since pollution and dangerous microorganisms are regularly introduced to the water. As a result, the water must retain a disinfectant residual content. The disinfectant should be simple to detect and measure, as well as safe to use.
Sodium hypochlorite is used to disinfect and oxidize swimming pools in several countries. When sodium hypochlorite is mixed with water, it raises the pH level. It is better to use chlorine as a disinfectant and an oxidizer at a pH value of 6,5. Often, acid is added to lower the pH value.
Keep It Under Cover
If you are planning to get an inflatable pool, you should know that they are not maintenance-free. Inflatable pools need to be cleaned regularly.
One of the ways to keep your inflatable pool clean is by keeping it under cover when not in use. This will keep dirt from accumulating on the surface of the water and prevent algae growth.
You should also keep your inflatable pool away from direct sunlight. This will prevent heat buildup inside the pool which can cause the material to degrade rapidly over time.
Inflatable pools are usually made of vinyl or other synthetic materials that don’t hold up well against the elements, so be sure to cover yours during rainy weather or windy days.
Before Swim Time
Bathing before swimming is important for all kids, but especially for toddlers and infants. Bathing helps remove dirt and germs from your child’s body and replaces them with clean water. It’s also a good idea to bathe toddlers before they go in the pool because it makes them less likely to swallow any fecal matter or harmful germs that may be on their skin.
Young kids are constantly putting their hands in their mouths, so it’s important to keep them clean at all times. To make sure young kids are properly clean for swimming, follow these steps:
Remove any makeup or lotions from your child’s face before bathing him or her. This can irritate sensitive skin and cause rashes around the eyes and mouth.
Wash your child’s hair with shampoo, and conditioner, and rinse thoroughly before getting into the bathtub or shower. The chlorine in pool water can damage hair if left untreated.
Preventing Swimmers’ Ear
Swimmers’ ear is an infection of the outer ear canal that can be caused by swimming, showering, or bathing in water that is too warm and/or having water trapped in the ear canal. It usually affects children under 6 years old and occurs more often in people who have had previous ear infections.
With a little care, your inflatable pool can provide hours of fun for your family this summer. By following these simple steps, you’ll ensure that the water stays safe and clean. Have more questions? Please leave them in the comments section below or message us so we can help you out!