3. Mild Soap and Water
Fill your bucket with water and add a few squirts of mild dish soap. Stir to create a soapy mixture. Using your soft brush, gently scrub the cover in sections. It’s best to start from one end and work your way to the other to ensure you cover every inch.
4. Rinse with Care
With your garden hose set to a gentle spray, rinse off the soap from the cover. Ensure all the soap is washed away, as any residue can leave a filmy layer on the cover. This step is essential in maintaining the cover’s look and integrity.
5. Address Stubborn Stains
If you notice any stubborn spots or bird droppings, you might need to give them a little extra attention. Dip a soft cloth in your soapy water and gently rub the area until the stain lifts. Rinse thoroughly.
6. Let it Dry
Before retracting your pool cover, let it air dry completely. This prevents mold or mildew from forming underneath, which can occur if the cover is stored damp.
7. Regular Maintenance is Key
While a deep clean is crucial every few months, especially after a season of heavy use, regular maintenance can prolong the life of your cover. Make it a habit to brush off debris every week and rinse the cover once a month to prevent buildup.
8. Consider a Professional Service
If you’re unsure about cleaning, or if your cover needs more than just a simple scrub, consider hiring professionals. They can provide a thorough clean and also inspect your cover for any signs of wear or potential issues.
Other Matters of Maintenance for your Automatic Pool Cover
Every week or two during the pool season, take a moment to examine the tracks of the pool cover. Use a garden hose to spray out any debris. This is highly critical if you have a saltwater pool. The residue from the salt can potentially damage both the painted and unpainted parts if you let it sit there for an appreciable amount of time.
Further, be sure to inspect the fabric of your automatic pool cover on a regular basis. Take note of any signs of deterioration and usage-related damage. The fabric can become compromised by weather, the UV rays from the sun and from pool cleaning chemicals. Touch the fabric, as well. It should feel supple and pliable. If it feels brittle and stiff, it is time to have the fabric replaced. Also, keep a close eye on the stitching of the webbing. This can begin to fray and even disintegrate over time.
Finally, be sure to retract the cover at least once a week to avoid any buildup of gases stemming from the chemicals used in your pool.