Backyard kiddie pools are fun and entertaining for children as they are excellent for lounging in during the summers. Besides, to make the experience more healthy and hearty, you need to maintain proper hygiene in the pool.
More often than not, kiddie pools accumulate dirt, bacteria, and algae over time but still look clean. Thus, to ensure your kids’ safety and avoid recreational water illnesses, you should clean the pool from time to time.
How to Clean a Kiddie Splash Pool
Steps for Cleaning
- Drain out the water from the pool entirely with the help of a pump. If you do not have a pump, you may have to remove the water with your hands using a bucket, or pull up and tilt one side of the pool to dump the water out.
Besides, some people use the tank plug to put a drain in the plastic container. If you have other suggestions on how to empty the pool, do share them with us.
- Dry the remaining water (that could not be drained) with towels and rags. It shall also help remove algae growth from the bottom of the pool.
- Create a simple yet effective homemade cleaning solution by mixing water and bleach in the ratio of 5:1. So, add one part of bleach in five parts of water. Alternatively, you may use a combination of equal parts of white vinegar and water.
- Clean the inside of the pool by putting a little solution in the pool at a time and scrubbing the pool walls and floor with a scrub brush or pool brush.
Make sure you clean the slippery sides properly as biofilm-causing bacteria and algae cause them.
- Rinse the kiddie pool to remove the bleach. You may consider sprinkling vitamin C powder (one teaspoon for 200 gallons) in the pool and swishing it around to neutralize chlorine.
- Refill with water.
- Ideally, it is suggested to empty the pool after each use (children often urinate in the water), especially if it is not filtered. Preferably, leave it in the sun for a few hours. A relatively larger pool can be drained and cleaned every week.
- If you do not want to drain the pool water too often, then you may keep a cover on it to avoid unwanted debris, bugs, bird droppings, etc. In case your kiddie pool did not come with a cover you can cover it with a patio table cover, clear plastic tarp, etc. Also, as standing water works as a breeding ground for microbes, you may want to maintain chlorine sanitation in the pool water using chlorine tablets. Those who do not like to use chlorine can use household bleach, baking soda, and borax. Household bleach generally has 5-10% chlorine. You may use 2.5 teaspoons for every 100 gallons of water.Baking soda (half a teaspoon for 26 gallons of water) helps increase the total alkalinity of the water. Borax (half a teaspoon for 26 gallons of water) works as an algaecide.
- Test the pool’s pH and chlorine level from time to time. The ph should be within the range of 7.2 to 7.8. The chlorine level should be between 1.0 – 3.0 ppm. It is essential to maintain a proper pH level because it affects chlorine’s effectiveness in killing the germs. Moreover, it helps minimize eye and skin irritation. Plus, it is suggested to add an algaecide, too, as it can help control certain bacteria, particularly the ones that are resistant to chlorine.
- To get rid of the floating debris, use a pool or aquarium net.
- If there is cloudy water in the pool, you can either drain and refill the pool or treat it with bleach and chlorine.
- Maintain proper sanitation your kiddie pool, or else, it may lead to major or minor infections.
- Before cleaning the pool, make sure you check the manufacturer’s instructions on the type of detergents and cleaners that can be used safely.