The maintenance of your pool involves the regular cleaning of the water and the various components of your pool. The roller shutter, like other types of cover, offers the advantage of making your task easier by protecting your pool from pollution.
You then only use the dip net once or twice a week to remove dead leaves and twigs that fell into the pool during your swimming sessions. You can also reduce the amount of chlorine and disinfectants that help maintain water quality since the pool is fully covered.
However, you must also clean the pool cover at least twice a year. Impurities and waste accumulate there and can pollute your pool if you are not careful. The cleaning operation mainly consists of removing dirt from the blades as well as debris that is trapped between the flap joints.
Also, know that these impurities will roll out with the shutter when it opens and there is a good chance that they will end up at the bottom of your pool. This debris can also damage the cover blades if it is not removed.
Cleaning the Solid Roller shutter Pool Cover in the Correct Sequence
In order for your pool cover to be properly maintained, you must adopt the right sequence. It is also necessary to clean in stages in order to preserve the quality of the blades and of the other components of the cover. You must start by dismantling the grating in the case of a submerged pit since this equipment protects the pit.
After removing this accessory, you can clean the shutter blades one by one by rolling them out little by little. This then allows you to brush the blades using a wall brush and detergent.
Once you have done all the blades, keep the shutter closed and spray with a strong jet of water to remove the detergent. You can take the opportunity to completely clean the submerged pit by removing large waste with a pool net and the others using a manual vacuum cleaner.
The opening slot is quite small and is not often suitable for the use of a pool robot. In case you have opted for solid blades, then you must use a high temperature and high-pressure cleaner.
You have the option of using a detergent for the swimming pool in order to remove all stubborn stains and so that the swimming pool cover can regain its shine. If your cover is not made from solid blades, a simple garden hose is more than enough.
Also, use a sponge soaked in a cleaning product dedicated to cleaning the pool cover to keep everything clean. However, read the labels carefully since the use of abrasive products is not recommended. They risk damaging the boards which then lose their insulating capacity. Repeat all these steps before winterizing your pool in late fall or early winter.
You must then clean your pool cover again before summer. These cleaning sessions allow you, to check that the automatic or manual system of your cover is working properly.
Alternative Techniques to Conventional Roller Shutter Cleaning
The roller shutter is a real nest for bacteria and microorganisms, hence the need to clean it regularly. Even if this cleaning is difficult or time-consuming, it is necessary to do it regularly to guarantee the quality of the water in your pool and the preservation of an ideal temperature which is around 28 ° C.
Step 1: Keep the shutter in the closed position so that you can more easily access the area behind it, where lots of dirt gets stored. Sometimes you need to use a shovel and a brush to remove any dead leaf debris and other impurities.
Step 2: Draining the water circuit guarantees that this waste is not likely to end up in your pool, otherwise beware of its pollution. It is better to pay for a few cubic meters of water to fill the pool than to invest in expensive disinfectants. All the more so if the debris is too great, you may need to empty the pool before thoroughly cleaning it and refilling it.
Step 3: Empty your filter tank regularly which fills up quickly because of the draining of the water circuit of your pool. Stop this operation only when the water coming out is perfectly clear.
Step 4: Clean your filter using a powerful jet of water, since debris will attach to it when cleaning the pool cover. Do not stop cleaning until you see the bottom of the filters.
Step 5: Close the hatches that contain the shutter or the gratings if there is a submerged pit. Also, close the drain valve before unwinding your roller shutter.
Step 6: Pour the required amount of chlorine into the pool for a shock treatment in order to disinfect your pool properly.
Step 7: If there is debris at the bottom of the pool, turn on your automatic vacuum cleaner to remove it. You can also use a manual vacuum cleaner if you do not have a pool robot.
Step 8: Clean your filters again to remove any debris attached to them before the filtration pump is started.
The Advantages of Cleaning a Solid Roller Shutter Pool Cover
Cleaning the roller shutter of your swimming pool has many significant advantages. As you can do it yourself, you save money.
You can also save money on the time you spend on the daily maintenance of your pool such as emptying the skimmer. You also don’t have to use too many pool chemicals to guarantee clean, healthy water. Debris on the roller shutter is unlikely to spill into the pool if you thoroughly clean it every six months and if you remove dirt on the surface of the cover at least once a week.