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Pool Cleaning Basics

Are you a pool owner in Las Vegas? Whether you own a residential or commercial swimming pool, you have to regularly check if your pool is clean and well-maintained. Some take up the challenge and do their own pool cleaning, but most pool owners prefer to get their pools cleaned and maintained by professionals. 

Bryte Pools Las Vegas offers pool professional pool cleaning services and can fix a wide range of pool maintenance issues.

Pool cleaning takes quite a bit of work, and can eat up a lot of your time, especially if you are doing it alone. It’s not that easy, either! When we say pool cleaning, it’s not just about keeping the water clean on the surface. 

You also need to check the chemical levels of the water at least three times a week. You have to keep an eye on the major pool parts (pump, filter, etc) to make sure that they are working as they should. 

Pool Cleaning Part 1 - Skimming and Brushing

Preparation of Supplies

Before you start cleaning the pool, make sure that you have the right supplies such as:

Telescopic pole – make sure that it’s clean and free of any dirt and debris to avoid contaminating your pool.

Leaf skimmer – this removes leaves and other debris on the surface of the pool. 

Pool brush – this device is used to clean the ladders, sides, and steps of the swimming pool. Brushes can get clogged with debris and dust, so make sure to rinse out the pool brush after use.


If at all possible, pool skimming should be done on a daily basis to ensure that the pool’s surface is free of any contaminants. Pool skimming is actually one of the easiest parts of pool maintenance. To use, attach the skimmer to the telescopic pole and use the net to pull out dirt, leaves, and debris.

Outdoor pools are more prone to dirt and foliage falling into the water. 

Brushing the sides and ladder

After skimming, the next step is to clean the sides of the pool and stairs/ladders with a pool brush. Ideally, this should be done on a weekly basis. Attach the pool brush to the telescopic pole and run it over the sides and the ladder. Use some force to remove grime and don’t forget to give extra attention to areas that have poor water circulation.

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Pool Cleaning Part 2 - Vacuuming

Pool vacuums are used to clean the floors of a swimming pool. There are several types of pool vacuums depending on the type of pool you intend to clean.

After you set up or assemble your vacuum, start vacuuming the pool floor as you would a regular floor. Move the vacuum across the pool floor, paying extra attention to hard to reach areas.

Pool Cleaning Part 3 – Managing Chemicals

Testing the water’s pH levels

Pool water needs to have certain levels of chemicals to help maintain its cleanliness. Several factors can affect the water’s chemical levels such as weather, humidity, sunscreen used by swimmers, etc. Ideally, the pH levels of swimming pools should be tested at least three times a week to make sure that the pool is safe to swim in.

Pool water pH testers can be bought at your local hardware or supermarket. The pH level of a swimming pool should be between 7.2 to 7.8 If you’re not familiar or comfortable with using testers, you can always call your local pool maintenance service provider and avail their services. 

Maintaining a pool with a low pH can lead to frequent acid additions. If the pH of your pool is below or above the recommended pH levels, you need to use a pH increaser or pH reducer. Apply as needed to ensure that you achieve the proper pool water pH range. 

Bryte Pools Las Vegas can help make sure that your swimming pool is functioning with the right pH levels, all day, everyday.

Sanitizing Chlorine Tablets

Sanitizing tablets can be purchased online or at your local hardware store. These tablets dissolve slowly and release chlorine gradually to eradicate any bacteria present in the pool water. 

Make sure to use the sanitizing chlorine tablets as instructed on the label. You can also add the tablets to an automatic feeder, floater, or skimmer to make sure that they are sanitized.

Cleaning a Very DIRTY Pool

Pool cleaning can be manageable if the pool is maintained regularly and not overused. However, it’s a very different story when a dirty, grimy or algae-filled pool is involved. 

The first thing you will have to deal with is a thick layer of scum on the surface of the pool. You absolutely cannot use a skimmer to remove the scum and debris because it will only make things worse. You can try using a leaf net to remove the debris from the pool surface, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you want to save yourself the trouble of cleaning a very dirty swimming pool, the best thing you can do is call a pool cleaning service company. Bryte Pool offers professional pool cleaning services for commercial and residential pools in Las Vegas and nearby areas.

The advantage of hiring professional pool cleaners to transform your pool into a clean body of water is that they have the skills, tools, and equipment that you don’t. When it comes to green pools that have been neglected for months or years, it takes more than DIY pool cleaning to see its beauty again.

Chemicals also need to be reintroduced into the pool to ensure that the water is clean and safe to swim in. In severe cases, shocking the pool is necessary. 

It takes a big amount of chemicals to shock a pool and again, in this case, we highly recommend that you let professional pool cleaners do it – for your safety and convenience.

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